Updated October 16, 2014
tablespoon crystalized ginger
maraschino cherry (opt.)
You can make this drink either on the rocks (with ice) or up (in a martini glass). It looks pretty classy in a martini glass.
Start by combining bourbon, apple juice, and bitters if you're using bitters in a mixing glass or shaker with a few handfuls of ice.
Stir well with a spoon to chill the drink.
In a small food processor, coffee grinder, or with a mortar and pestle, combine sugar and crystallized ginger. Pulse to combine and make ginger sugar.
Rub the rim of your glass with a lemon wedge to wet it, then dip the glass in the ginger sugar to give it a nice rim.
Add a maraschino cherry to the bottom of your glass if you want. Then add all the chilled drink. Try to pour carefully so it doesn't mess up the pretty rim!
If you want, top with a splash of soda which will give the drink some bubbles.
More About This Recipe
- The only real restaurant experience I've ever had is behind the bar. This is ironic; I mainly write about food and cooking and I've never actually worked in a professional kitchen.
Booze though. Booze I know. I'm a professional.
People do some crazy stuff with drinks these days. I mean heck, just look at the latest Taste of Adventure blogger, Michelle, from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. She’s doing some pretty mind blowing things with jelly shots.
I'm a simple man, though. So I'm giving you a simple cocktail that has a few ingredients but tastes really unique. I think it will really wow your friends over the holidays.
I call it The Kiss and Tell because when you kiss it, you're gonna want to tell somebody about it. It's that good.
The awesome thing about The Kiss and Tell is that it can be served over ice, chilled up in a martini glass, out of a punch bowl, or even warmed out of a slow cooker. It has a lot of different possibilities - kind of like kisses.
The base of this drink is just bourbon and apple juice, which is a very winter combination. They work great together as-is. You could mix these two over ice and call it a day.
To spice it up a bit though, I recommend making some ginger sugar, which is, just crystallized ginger and sugar combined in a small food processor, coffee grinder, or with a mortar and pestle. If you don't have any of those things, you could mash the ginger up with a fork and stir it together that way.
Use a lemon wedge to wet the edge of your glass and dip it in ginger sugar before you pour in the drink to take The Kiss and Tell to another level. The ginger and apple combination is fantastic!
There are a few optional items that you can toss in if you have them. I really love bitters in almost any drink with whiskey or bourbon in it, so a dash of that definitely doesn't hurt. A maraschino cherry just looks pretty in the glass. And the soda water at the end gives the drink some bubbles which some people like.
You can dress it up or dress it down, but it's hard to go wrong with this guy. Give it a shot if you're serving cocktails at any of your holiday parties!
Nick uses bourbon and apple juice for fuel on his blog, Macheesmo and for his Tablespoon profile.
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Does He Love You?
When you are in the process of getting to know a man, his feelings might not be very clear to you. Don't blame him because men feel that they will be locked in a relationship once they drop an "I love you" bomb. Give him time to understand what he really wants. In the meantime, you can try to guess if he loves you or not by the way he kisses you. Let's figure out how to tell he loves you by his kiss.
1. A French kiss
A French kiss can mean that he finds you attractive and he is really into you. It might only be physical attraction, but when you see that passion is building up and both of you want more, there might be more to your relationship. It's his way of telling you that he wants you. If you guys are sexually active, this kiss is great to arouse you and build that hot steaming passion.
If the status of your relationship is clear, then you are a lucky woman because your man is very passionate about you. But if that's not the case, see how your relationship turns out because you can't simply guess whether he loves you or not. You have to be sure about it rather than simply relying on the way he kisses you.
2. A kiss on the forehead
When your man kisses you on the forehead, it means that he treasures you. You mean the world to him and he will protect you in every way. This is a truly special kiss and you should cherish him. A kiss on the forehead shows that he has a strong emotional connection with you that is deeper than physical intimacy. If he kisses you on the forehead, you have got your answer to a question: how to tell he loves you by his kiss.
3. A kiss on the lips
When he gently kisses you on the lips and takes his time enjoying the moment of being with you, it means he values your love. He loves you and wants to have a chance with you. It's a sure sign of love and you should take it if you are also in love with him. If you remember the excitement of your first kiss with him, the way he caressed you, felt your lips and took his time to make it memorable, then he is madly in love with you. Take your time and see how things go between you two.
4. A kiss on the neck
It's one hell of a passionate and erotic kiss. You can associate this type of kiss with lust if you don't know each other very well. A kiss on the neck means that he wants to have a physical relationship with you. It's hard to tell if he wants an emotional connection because it is a sensual kiss to arouse passion rather than create a deeper bond. Get to know him first before allowing him to kiss you on the neck.
However, if you have known each other for a while and you are also physically intimate, a kiss on the neck is a great way of arousing passion in you. It shows that he finds you attractive and wants you right now!
5. A kiss on the cheek
You can also call it a friend-zone kiss because it's formal in nature. A quick kiss on the cheek can mean that he likes you as a friend and wants to keep his distance. Don't give it much thought because it shows that he is not looking for a romantic relationship. If he is interested in you, he will try to kiss you on the lips.
On the other hand, there might be something more than friendship if he kisses you warmly and then hugs you. It also depends on the way he looks at you and his behavior towards you. Overall, if you want to know how to tell he loves you by his kiss, then ignore a simple kiss on the cheek because it might not be love at all.
6. A kiss on the shoulder
It is a kiss forged in love and assurance. If he kisses you on the shoulder, he loves you deeply. He values you and wants to tell you he is there for you. It's a romantic and emotional kiss that asks you to trust him. Guys usually kiss a girl on the shoulder when he forms an attachment to a girl. When your man kisses you like this, you don't need his words to assure you that he is committed to you. He is telling you with this sweet and romantic gesture that he loves you.
Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms.
When it comes to peanut butter blossoms, I always use the recipe on the back of the Hershey Kiss bag. Always.
And I really had no intentions of sharing said recipe with you, because while it is my favorite cookie of all time, it’s so well known that I figured most of you had the recipe. And if you didn’t, it’s only a drive to the grocery store away.
So, this may not be as exciting as cake batter bark, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
I posted my holiday baking list and had over one hundred requests for “my” peanut butter blossom recipe. Really?!
So there you have it – my recipe comes from the back of the bag!
But do you know who’s didn’t? Mother Lovett’s. I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I would help Mother Lovett bake Christmas cookies every year. Not because she wanted my help. But because she was blind and deaf and unless we wanted charred rocks on Christmas Eve, someone needed to be there to hear the oven timer go off.
Peanut Butter Blossoms were especially tricky, because you had to hear the timer go off the first time to push the kisses in, then the second time to remove the cookies to cool.
This never went well for Mother Lovett, who often ended up with crisp, burnt peanut butter slabs with puddles of chocolate in the middle.
Every year, even though we had a bag of Kisses ready to go, she’d search high and low for that recipe. We couldn’t possibly just use the one of the bag, the one right in front of us. Just like some of her others, it is typewriter-typed on a yellowed index card, with a note on the back, “I got 49 cookies in 1999.” That is often how she kept track of how many cookies each batch yielded.
Don’t you just want to dive into that batter?
So here’s the deal. Most peanut butter blossom recipes call for shortening. I do have shortening, but I know that many of you don’t. And why buy it for one recipe? I knew that somewhere along the way I had made these with butter before, so I tried them out with butter and it worked perfectly.
Mother Lovett kept most of her cookies stored in the garage, in tattered, worn Horne’s or Kaufmann’s boxes with reused foil and saran wrap. It may sound disturbing, but she kept everything fairly clean – it was that whole depression era thing. Sometimes I wish I caught that gene as I can be so wasteful.
Every December, after the cookies were baked and stored in the garage, it was a race to see which grandchild got into the boxes first. I remember entering her house through the garage and suspiciously opening the peanut butter blossom box, careful not to disturb her perfect wrapping, grabbing a handful of cookies, lowering the box lid and darting up the stairs. Many times the peanut butter blossoms didn’t even make it to Christmas Eve.
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