10 Surprising Things to Do with Alcohol
Alcohol In Recipes
Beer becomes a braise, amaretto elevates preserves, and rum masters the mocha. We offer a toast to these excellent ways to finish off a bottle.
#1: Use Beer to Braise
Rather than braising meat in plain old water, we immersed tender chicken thighs in brown ale. Dinner never saw this coming -- bottoms up!
#2: Add Liqueur to Chocolate Syrup
Breakfast goes over the top with a bit of booze. In the case of these chocolate waffles, smooth coffee liqueur infuses the syrup. That's called starting the day off right.
#3: Perk Up Cherry Jelly
Ah, breakfast. The perfect time for crisp toast, tart cherry jelly, and a hearty splash of liqueur. A batch of our amaretto-spiked jelly will have you jumping out of bed.
#4: Make a Juicier Burger
You'll be shocked to know that classic grilled burgers can get even better.The secret? Whiskey, of course. Whiskey-cheddar filling makes an extra-juicy burger with a smoky kick.
Bonus Idea: Boozy Baking
Combine dessert and liqueur for the ultimate treat. Get all the tipsy tricks you need here.
#5: Mix Whiskey with Butter
This is a love story about whiskey and butter. Salty and sweet, rich and warm, the unlikely pair combines for just about the best steak topper we've ever had. Whiskey-soaked shallots and fresh herbs don't hurt, either.
#6: Infuse Your French Toast
Baking with alcohol is a scrumptious idea. Here, amaretto-soaked brioche gains a gooey, caramelized finish in the oven. Top the hooch-infused breakfast with sugared blackberries.
#7: Spike a Mocha
Irish coffee is so yesterday. Sip on a warm rum mocha instead. A surprising splash of rum fits right in with creamy white chocolate and vanilla for a drink that's part coffee, part cocktail.
#8: Tranform Cocktails into Dip
A cocktail as a dip? Pure genius! Here, we dunked grilled doughnuts in refreshing bourbon-laced mint julep dip. Cheers!
#9: Make a Brine for Grilled Meat
If you're wondering what to do with a lonely bottle of stout in the fridge, a brine is the perfect solution. Before sending pork chops to the grill, we love soaking them in rich stout and molasses for a tangy-sweet taste.
#10: Add Rum to Desserts
Loaded with tropical flavors like coconut and creamy mashed banana, this island-inspired cheesecake was missing one thing: rum! Oaky dark rum is the ticket for easy bars with a gourmet taste.
Bonus Idea: Marinate Fish
For an out-of-the-ordinary dinner, the first step is a splash of the hard stuff. Rum, that is. Marinate your fish in a refreshing rum-lime mixture. Then top it with rich cocoa-laced chopped almonds.