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Using Wisconsin Bourbon to Spice Up Your Cooking

Although we have no way to know for sure, we suspect most bottles of J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon end up being sipped after dinner, enjoyed on porches, or shared between friends and loved ones. A glass of our craft whiskey is perfect for unwinding after a long day or celebrating a special event.

But, as any bourbon lover will know, there are other ways to enjoy a fine drink. In fact, J. Henry & Sons can be great in the kitchen when it’s added to lots of different recipes to help enhance their flavor or add an extra “kick” that practically jumps off the tongue.

If you haven’t experimented with bourbon in your cooking before, here are a few ideas you might want to try…

Add Bourbon to Your Favorite Sauce

When it comes to things like barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or glazes for pork and other meats, bourbon can be the perfect ingredient to bring out all kinds of distinct flavors. Most of the whiskey’s alcohol will burn off during cooking, but you’re still left with a strong, savory flavor that makes everything on the plate seem more robust.

Use Bourbon-Based Marinades for Grilling

You can add bourbon to all kinds of other ingredients—like peppers, salt, limes, fruit juice, and more—to make your own homemade marinades for grilling. Because every batch we distill ages at least five years in charred oak barrels, you’re left with a slightly smoky, nutty flavor that goes perfectly with beef, chicken, and anything else you can sear on your grill.

Try Bourbon With Sausages and Bacon

Top chefs around the country have long recognized that bourbon is a great match for the salty flavors of bacon and sausage. Along with the infusion of whiskey, something sweet can make all the subtle tastes and textures pop. Add a touch of syrup, brown sugar, or another sweetener to make whatever you’re cooking particularly memorable.

Make Your Favorite Dessert a Bit Different

A lot of cooks don’t realize this, but bourbon can be added to brownies, infused into chocolate sauce, and even be used as a base for homemade ice cream. If you’re looking for a way to end a dinner party with a dessert like none other, or just want to give yourself a special treat when you deserve it most, try adding a splash of J. Henry & Sons Bourbon to your favorite indulgence.

Add a Splash of Bourbon to Your Evening Coffee

Bourbon and coffee go particularly well together, especially if you have a brew with rich, dark undertones. This is a classic strength-meets-strength combination, and one that can help you sit back and unwind after a particularly satisfying meal.

The fine and smooth taste of J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon is perfect for sipping, but it has a place in the kitchen, too. Experiment with these ideas, or come up with your own and share them with us for a future post!

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