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Cooking with Alcohol: Spirited Food Recipes

Liquor is not just for drinking, it can also add subtle flavors to many of your favorite foods. This is a growing collection of outstanding food recipes, all of which include at least one distilled spirit.

Cooking with alcohol substitutions, tips and hints
Why use alcohol in foods? Aside from flavor alone, there are a number of reasons, including some scientific ones. Find out why, how to reduce the alcohol content, and how to substitute for alcoholic ingredients.

Big Game Salsa
This fun salsa recipe is easy to make, includes tequila, and is great for a game day party.

Blueberry Limoncello Cake
If you like lemoncello you know its qualities as a dessert drink. This cake recipe from About.com Baking Guide, Carroll Pellegrinelli,takes the sweet lemon liqueur to another level, pairing it with blueberries for a sweet adult treat.

Bourbon Bacon Marmalade
Bacon and bourbon have become a natural compliment to one another lately. Learn how to combine the two in this interesting marmalade that includes spicy chipotle.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
Spring and summer are prime grilling season here, and a quick and easy barbecue sauce is an essential component of any cooks repertoire. This Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue sauce will dress up steaks, burgers and ribs. Give it a try and see what you think. Just remember to use this sauce at the end of grilling as the sugar in the sauce will burn...

Bourbon Chicken Wings Recipe
Easy chicken wings recipe made with Rave Review Culinary Bourbon Whiskey, which was designed specifically for cooking.

Bourbon Onion Dip
This bourbon onion dip recipe includes Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey and is an easy dip for vegetables and chips that is great to serve during a game day party.

Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup
Recipe for Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup. This delicious, made from scratch banana pancake recipe is topped with a pomegranate syrup made with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and maple syrup.

Campari-Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce
Recipe for Campari-Poached Pears, a delicious dessert of pears poached with Campari liqueur and served with raspberry sauce.

Caribbean Lobster with Rum-Jerk Butter
This is not your average lobster in butter dish, no this is Caribbean Lobster with a Jerk-Rum Butter. For even more flavor, beyond the spicy jerk seasoning and the sweet rum, this recipe also calls for onion, pepper, lime, chives and pepper.

Caribbean Mahi Mahi Holiday Soup
Recipe for Caribbean Mahi Mahi Holiday Soup by Chef Ryan Scott that is a dish of mahi mahi, herbs and spices, garlic, tomatoes and Golden Sun Tommy Bahama Rum.

Chipotle Glazed Chicken Skewers with Vodka Sauce
This easy recipe for chicken skewers includes a chipotle vodka sauce made with Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka.

Corrido Touchdown
Recipe for Corrido Touchdown, an avocado chip dip made with Corrido Tequila, avocados, tomatoes, jalapenos, cheese, and sour cream that is ideal for serving while watching a football game.

Drambuie BBQ Sauce
An interesting twist on BBQ sauce, this homemade version includes the honey and spice liqueur Drambuie and it is great for anything you throw on the barbecue.

Forget Me Not Fudge
Recipe for Forget Me Not Fudge, a recipe for homemade fudge that uses a little Maker's Mark Bourbon.

Grapefruit-Campari Sorbet
Dessert recipe for a Grapefruit-Campari Sorbet, a delicious frozen dessert made of fresh grapefruit, lemon and orange juices with Campari Italian liqueur.

Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse
About.com's French Food Guide, Rebecca Franklin, has a delightful recipe for Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse. It is a delectable dessert that has just a hint of Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur.

Jamaican Jerk Rum Chili
Recipe for Jamaican Jerk Rum Chili created by Bravo's Top Chef Ryan Scott and made with spicy hot peppers, pork, rum and beer.

Jerk Chicken and Avocado Salad
If you love the spiciness of jerk seasoning and can't get enough fresh avocado, you will really like this recipe. The Jerk Chicken and Avocado Salad uses pairs spicy jerk with sweet rum and tart lime in a chicken marinade and adds the freshness of a garden salad to cool everything off.

Oregon BBQ Whiskey Burger
I recently competed in the Stanford's Ultimate Burger Showdown and my entry was the Oregon BBQ Whiskey Burger. Featuring a whiskey cola marinade, a bourbon-brown sugar barbecue sauce, Tillamook cheddar cheese, pepper bacon, grilled onions, fresh sliced tomato, lettuce and a hand-formed 1/2 lb burger patty on an onion roll, the result was simply...

Plantain Pancakes with Macadamia Nut with Whiskey Sauce
Recipe for Plantain Pancakes with Macadamia Nut with Whiskey Sauce that was created by Bravo's Top Chef Ryan Scott.

Pomegranate Salsa
An easy recipe for Pomegranate Salsa, a sweet and spicy salsa dip that uses pomegranate seeds, blueberries, strawberries, jalapeno peppers, mint, lime juice and PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur.

Royal Hot Wings
While watching any of those, perhaps the thing I enjoy the most is a good platter of hot wings. Luckily, Canada's favorite whiskey, Crown Royal has developed a recipe that allows you to have your Crown Royal and eat it too with this delicious recipe for Royal Hot Wings.

Baked Spicy Pumpkin and Rum Cheesecake
This Baked Spicy Pumpkin and Rum Cheesecake is the ultimate dessert and a nice alternative to pumpkin pie after the fall harvest. It is not too sweet, but just sweet enough and the rum is the perfect touch

Spinach Salad with Pancetta and Honey-Orange Vinaigrette
This recipe by Chef Ryan Scott may have a long name, but it is quite easy to make and features Barenjager honey liqueur in the dressing.

Tequila Herradura Shrimp Tacos
Recipe for Tequila Herradura Shrimp Tacos, a spiked food dish of shrimp, garlic, cilantro, Tequila Herradura Silver and Newcastle Brown Ale on warmed tortilla shells.

Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce
Recipe for a Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce, a spiked pasta of chicken sauce that uses fresh tomatoes, red pepper, parmesan and romano cheese, butter, cream and Blue Ice American Vodka.

Whiskey Cola Marinade
While a Jack and Coke is one of America's favorite cocktail choices, the two components of that drink, namely good American whiskey and Coca Cola can combine to make a great marinade for grilled meats. This marinade works exceptionally well with pork chops or baby back ribs. Just finish these off with the barbecue sauce of your choice or let the...

Andee Swanson's Whiskey Glazed Sausages
One of my new favorite dishes for a football crowd comes from Andee Swanson of Turlock, California. Her whiskey glazed sausages are the talk of the town for their ease of preparation and mouthwatering flavor.

Cocktails & Grilling
The natural marinating power of alcohol and the wonderful flavors of your favorite cocktails make grilling with them a great idea.

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