5 delicious foods made better with booze!

Great adult variations of popular treats that are easy to make, taste delicious and a cool way to surprise guests.

1. Boozy French Toast
Serving size: 4

8 really thick slices of bread
6 eggs whisked
2 cups milk
4 tbsp rum
1 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
1 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
½ cup sugar (reserve some for sprinkling)
1 tbsp butter

In a bowl mix the whisked eggs, sugar, milk, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and vanilla extract. Line the bread slices in a pan and pour the mixture so that all the slices are soaked. After 5 minutes, flip the bread so the other side gets soaked. Heat the butter in a non-stick pan and slowly add two slices of the soaked bread and cook for about 3 minutes. Once the bottom side gets a little brown, sprinkle some sugar on the top side of the bread and flip the slices. Cook for another 3 minutes until golden. Repeat with the rest of the slices. Serve hot with sugar powdered sprinkled on top.

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2. Tequila Popsicles
Serving size: Around 10

6 cups of watermelon cut into cubes
2 tbsp simple syrup
1 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp tequila (vodka also works well)

De-seed the watermelon cubes and blend them in a food processor to create a puree. You can also substitute the watermelon for any fruit you prefer. Add the simple syrup and lime juice. (You can make simple syrup by boiling equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan. Cool the syrup before using.) Taste the mixture to make sure the proportions are right for you. Add in the alcohol of your choice. Divide the mixture into popsicle moulds and freeze until solid. One word of caution: Don’t all too much alcohol, as your popsicles won’t freeze properly and turn into mush. Alcohol should be only 20 per cent of the base mixture.

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3. Amaretto Almond Cookies
Serving size: About 20 cookies

½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp amaretto liqueur
½ cup sliced almonds, lightly roasted
1½ cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt

Cream together the butter, sugar, and egg. Beat the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy. Stir in the liqueur. Mix the flour and salt together, and gradually add it to the creamed mixture. Blend really well. Mix in the almonds. Roll the dough into small balls and bake in the oven at 200o C for about 10 minutes.

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4. Whiskey-Marinated Honey Chicken
Serving size: 4

¼ cup whiskey
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup honey
1 tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oil
1 kg boneless chicken

In a bowl, mix together the whiskey, soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic and oil to create a marinade. Cut the chicken into large one-inch cubes. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill on high heat for about 15 minutes. Rotate the skewers every few minutes to ensure even cooking. Lightly brush on more marinade if the chicken looks too dry. You can also grill the chicken in the oven.

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5. Whiskey Bacon, Mac and Cheese
Serving size: 4

8 ounces macaroni pasta
¼ cup butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2½ tbsp whiskey (Jack Daniel’s)
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt, pepper and paprika to taste
8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped

Cook the macaroni till it is al dente. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour. Whisk in whiskey and milk. Stir till it starts to bubble. Add the shredded cheese and stir till it is completely melted and smooth. Add paprika, salt and pepper. Mix the sauce with the pasta and bacon until it is completely combined. Serve hot.

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