Let the kids wear the capes this Halloween. You can hang out in the driveway knowing you're the real hero with this Smoked Bourbon Mule recipe. Chef Tom shows us how to cold smoke bourbon and add a few simple ingredients to make a Halloween treat that isn't tricky at all.
Smoked Bourbon Mules
Experience the unique smoky aroma of cold-smoked bourbon with the ultimate Halloween party in your driveway. Enjoy the complex flavor for an elevated celebration.
- 1/4 cup smoked bourbon (we used Wild Turkey 101)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp Tapped Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup
- 1/2 cup ginger beer
- 2 large marshmallows, toasted
- Fill an A-MAZE-N Tube Smoker with hickory pellets. Place the tube smoker on the main cooking grate of the Yoder Smokers YS480s Pellet Grill, and light the pellets with a torch. Turn the grill on, but do not fire it up. This will allow the fan to push air through the cooking chamber, circulating the smoke from the tube smoker without creating much heat.
- Pour your bourbon into a Lodge Cast Iron Pie Pan and place on the second shelf of the grill. Let the tour bon cold smoker for an hour. Remove from the grill.
- Place a few hickory smoking chips on a Napoleon Cedar Plank. Light the chips with a torch and let burn for about 10 seconds. Place a whiskey glass over the chips. Let the flame burn out and the glass fill with smoke. Let sit and soak in the smoke for 30-60 seconds.
- Turn the glass over and add one large ice cube. Pour the bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup over the ice. Top it off with the ginger beer.
- Place two large marshmallows on a skewer. Toast the marshmallow with a torch. Place the skewer on top of the glass for garnish.
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A bourbon is a form of whiskey; it has a distinctive flavor typically sweeter than most whiskeys. The flavor of bourbon depends on aging and the amount of grains distilled in the liquor. Here are common types of bourbons or characteristics to pay attention to when selecting a bourbon to drink.
Single barrel –This means each bottle comes from an individual aging barrel. Therefore, the flavor can differ slightly from each barrel.
Cask strength –This determines how intense, and concentrated the taste of the bourbon is. It comes straight from the barrel unfiltered with no additives such as water.
Different types of cask finishes include:
- Sherry cask
- Wine cask
- Rum cask
- Port cask
- Beer barrel
- Maple wood
- Wheated –This type of bourbon has more wheat than other types of bourbon. Wheated bourbons have a softer feel in your mouth and are even sweeter than a simple bourbon.
- High Rye –High rye bourbons are made up of about a quarter percent rye. More rye delivers a bolder and spicier flavor.
- High Corn –High corn bourbon is produced with mostly corn. This is the sweetest of all the other categories of bourbons.
- Small batch –This bourbon is produced by mixing a small number of select barrels. They are typically hand-picked barrels making this a premium bourbon of all the other categories.
- Sour mash –This bourbon uses a process called sour mash fermentation. It takes a portion of the spent mash from one batch and uses it to start fermentation in a new batch. This helps to ensure consistency in the flavor between batches.
- Straight –Straight bourbons are aged for a minimum of two years and are only blended with other bourbons that are produced in the same state. The state of Kentucky is the largest producer of bourbon.
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- Serving Size
- 5 oz
- per serving
- .1 grams
- Saturated Fat
- .1 grams
- 0 milligrams
- 53 milligrams
- 61.7 grams
- .1 grams
- 51 grams
- 2.1 grams