Apple Bourbon Slush

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I know this Apple Bourbon Slush is a frozen drink, which I guess are typically served in the hotter weather, but it has bourbon and cider in it so that makes it a Fall drink in my book.

I first tasted frozen cider at an amusement park that we took the kids too. It was so amazingly good – my first thought was, of course – to add some alcohol and make it an adult beverage.

We literally stopped at the grocery store on the way home and grabbed a gallon of cider to test it out.

And there’s really no freezing involved, you just blend it up in the blender with some ice and it turns into a cider slush beverage right in front of your eyes. Our blender is my new favorite tool in the kitchen, especially when it comes to mixing drinks. I never knew that there could be such a difference in how blenders work until we got this Breville Hemisphere Blender. It will actually turn ice into a fine powder like you’d use to make a snow cone…or a frozen boozy slush drink like the Apple Bourbon Slush.

I used the Berentzen Bushel & Barrel Apple Bourbon again in this drink and some Smirnoff Caramel Vodka. The caramel vodka makes this Apple Bourbon Slush not only taste like a boozy apple drink, but a boozy caramel apple drink.

If you’re a bourbon drinker, definitely try some of Berentzen’s new Bushel & Barrel Apple Bourbon. It’s perfect for sipping neat, added to hot cider, or any drinks that you would normally mix with bourbon.

Caramel dipped apple as garnish totally optional. But you know I always try to serve a snack with my drinks! You could just steal some slices from that Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip you’ll have out – because there’s never too much bourbon!


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Apple Bourbon Slush

Apple Bourbon Slush


  • 2 ounces apple bourbon
  • 1 ounce caramel vodka
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • crushed ice


  1. Add the bourbon, caramel vodka and cider to a blender.
  2. Add in a cup of crushed ice then blend until smooth.
  3. If the drink is too thin just add a little more crushed ice.
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Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip

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This Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip is the easiest, most addictive adult dessert for your Halloween party.

This week I’m going to be giving you some “adult” treats for your Halloween parties that you’re hosting for the kids. Because the adults have to have fun too right?

We live in “the neighborhood” to go trick or treating in. It’s pretty much one of the only neighborhoods around so the kids come by car loads.

We also have one of the houses that a lot of people end up hanging out at – at the end of the cul de sac, with the bon fire and all the food.

Halloween is definitely an event in our house, we have Halloween decorations (a Halloween Tree, but everyone has one of those, right?) I think we have just as much fun as the kids do.

After all the kids run around trick or treating a group of friends end up in front of our house eating hot dogs and chili. And of course, there’s also lots of beer and cocktails.

My father in law took all the kids apple picking a couple of weekends ago and my wife came home with tons of apples. I’ll tell you, my kids can eat apples like there’s no tomorrow. I swear they eat five a day. But there was a lot…

That’s when I got the idea for this Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip. You know that caramel dip you can buy right in the produce section at your grocery store? Grab a tub, throw the whole thing into a sauce pan and let it slowly heat up. Add in 4 shots of Apple Bourbon and stir. We used Berentzen’s new Bushel & Barrel Apple Bourbon, it’s definitely one of the most flavorful apple bourbons that I have tasted, so I thought this would go perfectly with the caramel.



And it’s great for just sipping, too!

And now you’re done.

Slice up some apples and start dipping.

This recipe would also be a great crock pot dessert if you bought a few tubs, added the bourbon and just let it heat up (and also stay warm that way)

The kids will have all their Halloween candy, so you can tell them to leave your Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip alone!


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Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip

Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip

You could double or triple this and serve it in your crock pot. No need to use the pot to heat it up then, just add your dip and bourbon to your slow cooker and set on low. It'll take about 2 hours to warm up, or you can warm it up on top of the stove per the directions and transfer to your crock pot to keep warm.


  • 1 tub (16 oz.) caramel apple dip
  • 4 ounces Apple Bourbon, we used Berentzen Bushel & Barrel Apple Bourbon
  • 6 apples, sliced


  1. Add the caramel dip to a sauce pan and heat over low heat until loosened.
  2. Slowly stir in the 4 ounces of apple bourbon.
  3. Serve with sliced apples.


Apples aren't the only dippers - bananas, pound cake, pretzels, graham crackers, anything that goes with caramel!

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Pumpkin Mojito

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It’s Pumpkin Week on the Food Fanatic web site and my contribution was this Pumpkin Mojito – still trying to keep the warm weather drinks alive by adding a Fall twist. 

This mojito is still as refreshing as the original, except instead of ordinary simple syrup this drink has pumpkin simple syrup.

Totally easy to make too, just like a regular simple syrup with some canned pumpkin puree added to it. The pumpkin simple syrup will be good in your refrigerator for about a week so you can make lots and lots of mojitos as the week drags on…

You can adjust the pumpkin simple syrup proportions to your liking, if you like it more sweet then add the 2 ounces, if you don’t like a sweeter cocktail then you can try only adding an ounce at first.

The most important part about making this mojito is using a good quality rum and fresh mint leaves.

You can also use the pumpkin simple syrup for other cocktails too, like with some champagne or prosecco in a bellini, or shaken up with vodka and triple sec in a martini.

So head on over to Food Fanatic for the whole post and to check out the rest of the Pumpkin Week Recipes!


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Pear Vanilla Martini

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In an attempt to not spend $15.00 on a special martini at a restaurant, I created this Pear Vanilla Martini for my wife so she can enjoy them at home.

Not that I mind going out and spending money on a good meal and drinks every now and then. But sometimes you just want to stay home and relax. Not worry about a sitter or what dress shirt you have clean…just make up a few martinis and watch the game. Or whatever movie the wife ordered up on Netflix.

I’ve never bought an actual vanilla bean before – and good thing I haven’t need to before ’cause these things are expensive!

Really, it’s like 13 dollars for 3 vanilla beans. But still, that will make 6 martinis…still cheaper than paying for one at a restaurant.

We don’t get into NYC too often, but when we do we do it right, Eataly, Del Posto, Delfrisco’s. All expensive places – but all worth it once in a while. When I say once in a while, I mean like once a year, or two. With the exception of Eataly…I try to get there as often as I can!

But when it came time to do another cocktail for Food Fanatic, I thought of our recent trip to the city, and all the pricey drinks. So with this Pear Vanilla Martini recipe you can make up a batch right in your own kitchen. For half of what you would have to pay ordering it out.

Click over to Food Fanatic for the full post and recipe, and check out some of their other food and drink recipes too…like how about these Baked Chili Cheese Fries?

Now everyone’s happy. My wife can have her fancy martini’s – and I can have some beer and a platter of those chili cheese fries.

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Salty Nut Shot

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To finish up peanut week, I give you a Salty Nut Shot.

Maybe that didn’t sound so good.

But the shot is really, really good. I promise.

What else would I call a peanut flavored shot with salt around the rim?

It’s salty and nutty and very, very tasty.

So yes you’ll have to be a fan of peanuts to like this shot. And be a fan of salty things. But if you do like both – then this is the drink for you.

A Salty Nut Shot.

It’s a catchy name, right?

I combined Frangelico (one of my favorite liquors) with NutLiquor vodka, some peanut butter and a little cream. And shook the hell out out it with some ice. You can see all the ice chips floating to the top of the shot. It’s pretty awesome.

And just to amp up the peanut and salt flavor a little bit more, I rimmed the shot glass with crushed peanuts and kosher salt.

Are you still with me here? I know you’re still processing the name…

You can serve this as a dessert shot with some coffee, or during appetizers with some wings. It’s perfect for drinking with spicy food – it puts the fire right out.

As I have mentioned before, I am always sneaking off into the kitchen and whipping up shots of some sort. No one even asks where I’m going anymore – they all know.

But there wasn’t a party going on when I came up with this one. It was just 5:30 on a Tuesday. Just the wife and I.

We played around with some different ratios of the Frangelico and the Nutliquor Vodka until we came up with the perfect flavor combination.

I think it’s perfect anyway.

So get your peanut loving friends together, make up some Chicken Satay Bruschetta or some Thai Pulled Pork Sandwiches and serve them up some of these Salty Nut Shots!



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Salty Nut Shot

Yield: 2 Shots

Salty Nut Shot


  • 2 oz. Frangelico liquor
  • 1 1/2 oz. Nutliquor Vodka
  • 2 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 T. heavy cream
  • For rimming the glass
  • 2 T. crushed peanuts
  • 1 T. kosher salt


  1. Take the heavy cream and pour it over the peanut butter in a small dish.
  2. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds then stir until smooth.
  3. Mix the crushed peanuts and salt together in a small bowl,
  4. Pour out into a shallow dish.
  5. Slightly wet the rims of each shot glass and then dip into the peanut and salt mixture.
  6. Add the Frangelico, the vodka and the peanut butter mixture to a shaker with ice.
  7. Shake well and strain into 2 shot glasses.
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