Summer is here and the weather is heating up. With the seasons changing, and a lot of us still staying safe at home, we are all looking for new and exciting recipes to try. For those who want to add a unique flair and flavor to your dishes, consider incorporating bourbon into your food and beverage prep.

Listed below are 10 bourbon-based recipes you ought to try making this summer!

1. Braised Brisket with Bourbon Peach Glaze

Brisket is the perfect protein to serve at all your summer barbecues. It is rich and delicious, whether you serve it on its own or on a bun as a sandwich or slider.

If you want to level up your brisket, try adding a peach glaze spiked with bourbon — Hickory Hill Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a great option.

The sweetness from the peaches and the vanilla-caramel notes from the bourbon will pair perfectly to create a dish everyone will love.

2. Spinach Salad with Bourbon Vinaigrette 

Need a salad to add some veggies to your next meal? Try this spinach salad topped with a delicious bourbon vinaigrette.

The combination of spinach, bacon, apples, and bleu cheese is already incredible, but the dressing takes it to the next level.

Mixing apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, and our Billy Banks Single Barrel bourbon creates the perfect spiked salad topper for any occasion.

3. Honey Smoked Bourbon Chicken Wings

If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser for your next gathering or to spice up a weekenight, you can’t go wrong with chicken wings.

To give your wings a special touch, try adding some honey and Giant 91 bourbon to the sauce.

These honey smoked bourbon chicken wings are sweet, smoky, and savory. They will have everyone at your next event begging for seconds (while practicing social distancing), so be sure to make a large batch!

4. Crispy Bourbon-Glazed Salmon

During the hot summer months, it’s normal to want something on the lighter side for dinner. Fish, like salmon, are the perfect light-but-still-filling protein source to enjoy any night of the week.

If you want to enjoy a sweet and savory dish, use our Hickory Hill Sour Mash to add in hints of caramel and wood to this crispy bourbon-glazed salmon.

5. Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Baked beans are a staple side dish for any barbecue. If you want to jazz up your baked beans, add in some maple syrup, molasses, and barbecue sauce, along with rich and spicy Hickory Hill Single Barrel bourbon, for an amazing flavor combo.

You can make them in your slow cooker, too, so it’s easy to have them cooking while you work on other dishes.

6. Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Are you on the hunt for a good bourbon-based chicken recipe? Are you in love with tacos like us Texans?

If so, these bourbon barbecue chicken tacos will hit the spot. They’re light enough to enjoy on a hot summer evening, but they’re still hearty and satisfying, especially when you use our Giant 95 bourbon for the sauce.

7. Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake 

There is something about the combination of bourbon and peaches that just works, whether you’re making a dessert or preparing a glaze for a brisket.

Everyone should have at least one bourbon-based dessert recipe in their arsenal, and this peach-bourbon upside-down bundt cake could be yours.

When you use Hickory Hill Cask Strength Bourbon with notes of chocolate and citrus, it makes the perfect dish to serve to cap off a fun small outdoor gathering.

8. Brown Sugar-Bourbon Ice Cream

Want a cold, creamy dessert to share with friends and family? Say it with us, “Bourbon-Ice-Cream.”

That’s right, dust off your ice cream maker and whip up this brown sugar-bourbon ice cream. It’s an excellent sweet treat that will definitely be a crowd-pleaser, especially when you mix it with our Hickory Hill Rye Whiskey.

9. Grilled Corn with Maple Bourbon Butter

Grilled corn is a classic summer side dish. If you want to make it taste even better, though, try topping it off with some maple bourbon butter and bacon!

The sweetness from the bourbon (our Roughneck Bourbon with notes of caramel and corn is a perfect choice) and maple syrup paired with the savory flavor of the bacon and butter makes an incredible combination that is sure to change the way you eat corn forever.

10. Oven-Fried Chicken with Sweet Honey Bourbon Sauce

Fried chicken is the perfect summer recipe, but if you want to lighten up this classic dish, try making it in the oven. Top it with honey and bourbon-infused sauce to bring in some sweetness and create something delicious, no one will care that it isn’t fried! Especially when you use Giant Straight Rye Whiskey to add the caramel, rye, and black pepper flavors.

Try These Bourbon-Based Recipes Today

Keep this list of bourbon-based recipes for summer in mind as you plan for dinners or backyard celebrations at home. Remember, the right bourbon makes all the difference when it comes to making a delightful dish.

To take your bourbon-based recipes to the next level, check out some of our aged spirits today.

Which recipe are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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