'bourbon' on Serious Eats

Scooped: Old Fashioned (Bourbon and Orange) Ice Cream

The Old Fashioned is what I turn to whenever I want to feel like a civilized grownup. I love how the force of the booze is set off by the delicate sweet-bitterness of citrus skin and the warm spice of Angostura. It eventually hit me that if this combination tastes so good in a cocktail glass, there's no reason it can't be similarly awesome in an ice cream. More

Let Them Eat: Quick King Cake

Stateside, particularly in Louisiana where the biggest Mardi Gras bash explodes every year, the cake is a sweet brioche-like confection with a cinnamon filling which includes a dried bean or pea (a stand-in for the baby doll). The person who discovers it is crowned king or queen for the day. More

Scooped: Mint Julep Ice Cream

The mint julep is a brilliant cocktail, a study in contrasts. There's mint of course, flighty and effervescent. And there's bourbon, robust and complex and just a tad sweet—like a half-deserved slap from a comely Southern belle. There's nothing else to muck up the duet, save some crushed ice and a sprinkle of sugar. This ice cream follows the same principles to minty, bourbon-y nirvana. More

Serious Sweets: Bourbon and Brittle Banana Cream Pie

Banana cream pie always brings to mind those revolving fridges at diners, stockpiled with chilled desserts gussied up with from-the-can whipped cream bouffants. I love bananas—and those lit-up iceboxes—but it has never once occurred to me to order banana cream pie. It always looks jiggly and a bit sad, especially next to the buxom double-crust apple pie and the luscious chocolate silk. It was time to give the banana cream pie some help. And yes, bourbon is very much involved. More

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