10 Ways to Eat Your Bourbon

Because everything's better with a little booze

Whiskey’s smoky-sweet cousin is good for more than just sipping. Here are 10 sweet and savory ways to make the most of it in your kitchen.

Smoked Almond S’mores with Whiskey Marshmallows

Pastry chef Mindy Segal has made a successful career out of tinkering with, and improving, classic desserts. At her Chicago restaurant HotChocolate (and in her book, Cookie Love, from Ten Speed Press), she rejiggers icons like pineapple upside-down cake and baked Alaska with thoughtful, contemporary updates. So we gave her a challenge: Take the s’more, that beloved summer bonfire dessert assembled from store-bought components, and make it even better. Here’s her fantastic homemade version. Get the recipe for Smoked Almond S’mores with Whiskey Marshmallows »

Smoky Whiskey Balls

This recipe, from Eatocracy managing editor Kat Kinsman, appeared in our 2012 Cookie Advent Calendar. Kat says: “I’m a freak for bourbon balls and for smoke, so I decided to play around with them a tad a while back. The result is this recipe: rich with chocolate and the smoky vanilla notes of the whiskey, with an added kick from bourbon-soaked pecans.” Get the recipe for Smoky Whiskey Balls »

Bourbon-Roasted Lobster

Butter and loads of herbs make a lobster pan-roast even more lavish; a flambée with bourbon lends as much flavor as it does drama.

Chicken Liver Toast with Spiced Pecans

At the bar Proof on Main in Louisville, Kentucky, chicken livers are flambéed with bourbon and smeared on grilled bread with a smoky-sweet pecan garnish.

Summer Peach Pie

Bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg add warmth to this bright summer peach pie from SAVEUR Food Editor Ben Mims.

Bourbon-Butterscotch Ice Cream

This grown up frozen treat pairs bourbon-laced custard with pockets of dense butterscotch. Get the recipe for Bourbon-Butterscotch Ice Cream »

Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese

Brisket is braised in stout, bourbon, and soy sauce in these spicy pimento cheese-topped sliders from Edward Lee, executive chef at 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY. Get the recipe for Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese »

Lane Cake

The recipe for this indulgent layered cake with a bourbon-butter-raisin-coconut-pecan filling and billowy egg-white icing first appeared in Emma Rylander Lane’s self-published cookbook, Some Good Things to Eat, in 1898.

Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing

A generous pour of bourbon is the secret to this juicy pork loin’s sweet fruit stuffing. Get the recipe for Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing »

Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon and Pineapple

A variation of traditional sweet potato casserole gets its depth of flavor from bourbon and pineapple. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon and Pineapple »