Bourbon Amaretto Coolers

Pour a pitcher of these out at your next get together or BBQ! These sweet and sour drinks are going to be made again and again! From Meredith Steele’s new cookbook Effortless Entertaining.

Dish Count :: 1 Pitcher, 4 glasses

I can single out the moment that I lost my romantic notions about flying. At 14, I was on my first non-parented trip, flying home from a student exchange in Japan with 14 other 8th graders, in the middle of the night. It was a trip to remember, not just for the experience and the fun. But because we flew over a massive lightning storm in the middle of the night. Turbulence included. When the flight attendants are requested to strap into their jump seats, it was a sign that it was a doozy of a flight.

And even after I became legal to drink, it usually took a beer or two to get me on a plane.

But there is one person I can almost single handedly say helped me get over my anxiety… or most of it… Meredith. 

She may not remember this, but I sure do. The first time we met was on a press trip to Idaho, and our puddle jumper from Salt Lake City to Twin Falls Idaho, was a single aisle one by one plane. Flying to Idaho frequently meant I was well versed in flights on prop planes, like Q400’s. Those I didn’t mind so much, because Horizon hands out free booze on them. But this was smaller.

So just as we are getting on the plane, I expressed my nerves of the upcoming trip, and she handed me two Dramamine. I quickly popped them in, and within 10 minutes of being airborne I was nodding off, and borderline ENJOYING the flight!

Every little bump, as Ben had told me before, was just like a  bumpy country road. And I was elated. Thank goodness!

Now, I may not still be the world’s best flier, I mean over any great expanse of water still makes me tense up like I’m waiting for someone to jump out from behind a curtain, but I not longer have to self medicate to enjoy flying.

But let’s be honest, anytime you get free booze on a plane – it helps.

When Meredith’s book came to me, I flipped through it mesmerized at her range of honest to goodness INCREDIBLE dishes that were made for entertaining. She has simplified entertaining recipes to be quick, easy, elegant, and flavorful. The best part of entertaining is the people and the food. But there is no point in entertaining if you are confined to your kitchen and missing out on making memories. I latched onto these Bourbon Amaretto Coolers, excited to make them and share them with Ben. These will be making appearances throughout the summer season!

Get this and more in Meredith’s Effortless Entertaining Cookbook – The Short Rib Tacos are next!

Yield: 4

Boubon Amaretto Coolers

Ingredients:

12 ounces Bourbon Whiskey

10 ounces Ginger Beer

6 ounces Amaretto (such as Disaronno)

4 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice

1 tsp Orange Bitters

Luxardo Cherries, or Bing Cherries

Directions:

In a small pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir gently.

Pour over ice into low ball glasses, or mason jars. Garnish with cherries.

*Note* – If you can’t find orange bitters, use standard bitters, and add in a thick strip of orange zest twist.

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