Spa Bourbon. (You heard me.)

September 19, 2017

 

It's our inaugural Boozeday Tuesday post where we share drink recipes and recommendations! Bon appe-drink!

 

For the last 5 years I have held a weekly “Girls Group" for college women at my home. These meetings are a combination of book study and bible study--laughter and...spa water. Yes, spa water! That great mixture of water and freshly cut fruit makes the water not taste so much like… water. It’s a great way to make any gathering look like you tried (when really you just cut up a piece of fruit and put it in a pitcher.) Did I mention I used to work at Southern Living? #AuntKatieHostessingSecrets.

 

I decided that if this miracle of hospitality works with water… could it not also work with bourbon? Aren’t all things better with bourbon? I do love a good sangria--if fruit can add to wine's appeal, why not cut up some fruit and put it in bourbon… even if it didn’t work, I would at least make the fruit more delicious. Fruit's on keto, right?

 

So after a few hours of waiting and several atimntps (hiccup) at tsateing (hiccup)… here are my spa bourbon findings/how to conduct your own bourbon experiments.

 

Ingredients you will need:

(1) a lot of bourbon

(2) mason jars so you can take pictures for instagram and pinterest #valenciafilters

(3) the uber app if you have somewhere to go after this experiment

(4) fruit & herbs that you enjoy

(5) time… recommended “infusing” time 3 hours. I left mine for 5 hours because I got distracted playing fetch with an alligator #farmlife. (But seriously, what is my life?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first foray into spa bourbon was centered on flavor combinations that proved to be delicious spa waters in the past. I recommend taking any of these spa bourbons and mixing the following cocktail: 1 part spa bourbon + 1 part water + ½ part simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water in a saucepan over medium heat) OR 1 part spa bourbon + 1 part mixer of your choice.

 

The different recipes received mixed reviews, but everyone’s palate is different. Here they are from most delicious/dangerous to "tastes like grass":

 

#1 PLUM SPICE BOURBON

 

Um. Yum. So much yum. Too much yum.

 

1 Cup of Bourbon

½ Plum

1 Teaspoon of Cloves

2 Cinnamon Sticks

All screwed tightly in a mason jar, left alone for 5 hours… with a very rare shake or flip of the jar. When bourbon is done sitting you will want to strain it to keep any cloves or extraneous fruits out of your drink.

 

This basically tastes like fall. Excellent alternative to pumpkin anything. One of my taste-testers said “I hate cloves.” I said drink it anyway… this is for the blog. And you know what--he loved it! Because Bourbon makes everything better. [You can literally quote me on that. “Bourbon makes everything better.” --Aunt Katie]

 

#2 Citrus Rosemary Mint

 

1 Cup of Bourbon

1 Satsuma

½ Lime

Rosemary & Mint to taste (½ small pack each)

 

All screwed tightly in a mason jar, left alone for 5 hours… with a very rare shake or flip of the jar. When bourbon is done sitting you will want to strain it to keep any sprigs or extraneous fruits out of your drink.

 

“I do declare!” All this drink needs is a bowl of burgoo and an #AustinFamilyRoadtrip to Kentucky. This is basically a spa mint julep--like watching the Derby while getting a facial.

 

#3 Cinnamon Apple Pear

 

1 Cup of Bourbon

½ Granny Smith Apple

½ Pear

2 Cinnamon Sticks

 

All screwed tightly in a mason jar, left alone for 5 hours… with a very rare shake or flip of the jar. When bourbon is done sitting you will want to strain it to keep any sticks or extraneous fruits out of your drink.

 

This combo was also very autumnish. Next time I would add cloves or more cinnamon sticks to balance out the fruit. I also plan to add some honey and make it a hot toddy when I revisit this mason jar (probably tonight--you know, research…)

 

#4 Satsuma Cinnamon

 

1 Satsuma

2 Cinnamon Sticks

… oh and the Bourbon. Don’t forget the bourbon.

 

Jar, wait, strain… you get it.

 

Satsuma Cinnamon is my favorite spa water, so I had to try it as a spa bourbon. It’s a little early for the oranges to be as sweet as I would like. This may be better later in the winter. I’m not going to lie to you--I had tried a lot of bourbons at this point. So I may need to try it a few more times to be sure.

 

#5 Basil Cucumber Rosemary Bourbon

 

1 Cup of Bourbon

1 Medium Cucumber

Rosemary and Basil to taste

 

All screwed tightly in a mason jar, left alone for 5 hours… with a very rare shake or flip of the jar. Throw jar in the garbage.

 

I did not like this. It tasted like I had spilled my glass of bourbon into the freshly cut grass and attempted to put it back into my glass and drink it. If you love basil this is worth trying but I think it would better with a clear liquor like vodka, gin, or everclear. Anything would make everclear better.  

 

So while these bourbon combos ranged from delicious to deplorable, the key lessons are these: be brave enough to try new things, buy bourbon cheap enough that you can experiment with 5 cups of it, do not try this not at home because then you’ll have to drive home, taste-testing always leads to giggling, and bourbon makes everything better © Ask Aunt Katie.

 

Remember, there was never a shortage of bourbon in the Bible,

Aunt Katie





 

 

 

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