Baking with Booze
by Nicole Watts
I left the baking to someone else this month, but the pairings are tons of fun. Some of the cocktails perfectly mimic the cookies while others complement the flavors of the cookies.
If you have a freezer full of Girl Scout Cookies and need a creative way to serve them at your next dinner party, try experimenting with some of these combinations.
Thin mints & thin mint cocktails
The thin mint cocktail was very strong. One thought was that adding one part of milk or heavy cream might be a nice way to soften it. It was also tasty added to a cup of strong coffee.
The Thin Mint Cocktail
1 Tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 Tablespoon Peppermint Schnapps
1 Tablespoon Kahlua
Lemonades & Lemontinis vs. Lemonades & Blue Moon Beer
With the lemonades, the lemontini captured the overall essence of the cookie but pairing it with the lemonade was too intense. The cookie actually paired better with an ice cold Blue Moon with an orange slice.
2 ounces citron vodka
1 ounce of triple sec
2 ounces of lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
The recipe says to place the citron vodka, martini glass & cocktail shaker in the freezer for 30 minutes. (You should just make a point of storing all of your martini glasses, cocktail shakers, and vodkas in the freezer anyway.)
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and syrup. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass.
Caramel deLites & Guinness
The contrast of flavors with the Caramel deLites & Guinness was pretty amazing. This pairing was amazing. For those who didn’t care for Guinness (I know, it’s shocking that there are people who don’t appreciate an Irish Stout), we offered a pairing of Cherry Pie Pinot Noir & Caramel deLites. This combination also received rave reviews.
Cranberry Citrus Crisps & Cranberry Vodka or Willet’s Winery Cranberry Frost
One of my least favorite flavor combinations is cranberry and orange. The new Cranberry Citrus Crisp is described as a “crispy cookie, made with whole grain, full of tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor.” I passed on the cookie, but was surprised with home much I enjoyed the Cranberry Frost! It will definitely be making an appearance at Thanksgiving 2014.
Shortbread Cookies & Cherry Pie Hootch
The shortbread cookie fell short after eating Caramel deLites and Thin Mints. However, dunking the cookie in the cherry pie was nice.
Cherry Pie Hootch
2 jars tart cherry juice
2 cans tart cherries in water
½ cup white sugar
2 cups of Everclear
Pour cherry juice, cherries, water from cans, and sugar into a large pot.
Bring to a boil.
Allow to cool completely before adding Everclear.
Pour into containers of your choice – I keep a variety of sizes of mason jars on hand so they are easy to store, transport, gift, and share.
Thanks A Lot Cookies
The Thanks A Lot Cookies were more of a No Thank You Cookie. We couldn’t find anything that complemented them. We tried a chocolate red wine, but overall the cookie fell short.
Peanut Butter Patties & Banana Malibu Rum
We ended the evening with chocolate covered peanut butter cookies and shots of banana flavored Malibu Rum with a slice of banana. This was a deliciously decadent combination and probably my personal favorite.