This post is sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon. The content and opinions are mine and not shared by the sponsor.
It’s Opening Day and what better way to celebrate than with a little bourbon? Four Roses Bourbon wants to help you celebrate Opening Day with a Bourbon Cocktail and the idea was to incorporate ball park food. I love a good hot dog as much as the next girl… but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to combine a hot dog and bourbon.
So, I started thinking about what I love about bourbon and it’s the caramelly smokiness that gets me. An old-fashioned is my drink of choice, so I am *quite* familiar with bourbon. Ahem. Which leads me to the question “what do I eat at ball games that I can combine with bourbon?”. Answer: Caramel Corn. The flavors are already there and I wanted to come up with a drink that would enhance the flavor profile of the bourbon without masking it.
The Girl and I love baseball and lucky for us, the Grapefruit League is here. We take road trips all over Florida to watch Spring Training games and now Opening Day is finally here! Growing up in Ohio, the Cleveland Indians have always been my team. I know you are only supposed to have ONE favorite team, but I must divulge this bit of info: I lived in NYC for 17 years, how could I not root for the Mets? I’ve been to more Mets games in the old stadium than all the other games combined! (Don’t even talk to me about the Yankees…) We take it pretty seriously, as you can see.
On to the recipe! There are only 2 elements to this libation, making it pretty easy to whip up if you are having a few people over. You can easily double or triple the simple syrup recipe, put it into a nice little pitcher, set out your bottle of Four Roses and your guests can help themselves! The Bourbon and the Buttered Caramel Simple Syrup. That’s it! (BOOM… Mic Drop)
- 6 ounces (4 shots) Four Roses Bourbon
- 1/2 TB unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 4 TB light brown sugar
- 4 TB water
- granulated sugar for rim of glass / caramel corn for garnish
- Combine butter, vanilla, sugar & water in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and let it continue to simmer for 5 - 8 minutes, until sugar has completely dissolved and syrup has thickened just slightly.
- Pour 3 ounces (2 shots) of bourbon in a glass and add syrup to taste. Stir to combine. Garnish if desired.
- Suggestion: start with 1 tablespoon of syrup, you can always add more to taste.
- A word on ice: I use a muffin tin to make large ice cubes for my drinks. They are the perfect size for the glasses I have and they don't water down the drinks as quickly as smaller cubes.
- Because there is a smidge of butter in the syrup- if you add ice, the drink will get a bit cloudy. There's nothing wrong with your drink, it's just the butter getting cold.
- I had some simple syrup left over and I also had leftover ham from Easter... Throw a splash of bourbon into the syrup, and glaze the ham with that magical concoction!
- You're Welcome.