Dinner Drinks How Do I ?

Sassy Spirits!

Sassy Spirits! Cooking with spirits adds heavenly flavor to your dishes, one splash at a time!
The first and most important rule when cooking with spirits is to pour yourself a glass first.  Only cook with spirits that you would drink and most often you don’t need much, so that leaves you with plenty for a refreshment.  If you can’t or choose not to enjoy spirits, you can still add a great extra flavor to your dishes by substituting a broth or a citrus juice depending on your dish, I will talk about some of those flavoring options in another article.  

Beer-will bring your chili to a whole new level.  Add a bottle to your next pot and you will see what I mean.  

Wine-use red wine for your red meat dishes like beef stew and steak.  When you take the time to reduce your wine, meaning cook it down for a little while so you have half of what you started with, red wine takes on a whole new dimension enhancing the flavor-deep, dark and delicious!  Use white wine for  your fish, chicken and pork dishes. I love to caramelize a finely chopped onion, add a few capers and deglaze the pan with a little white wine for a simple sauce.  

Sherry-add it to your Swedish Meatballs for an awesome tang!

Brandy-a little goes along way.  I buy the small purse size version and add a few splashes, okay maybe more than a few to my olive tapenade.  

Vodka-traditionally don’t have any flavor here so will take on the flavor of what you put it in, like jello shots 😉

Rum-grab your favorite toasted coconut rum and give this Rum Pineapple sauce a try.  If your lucky enough to live in one of the states that sells Siesta Key Rum-use that by far the best out there.  If you don’t live where they sell it, make a friend that does.  Cook 1/4 cup finely diced pineapple in a little oil until brown, mix in 1/4 cup of rum and 1/4 cup of pineapple juice.  Cook for a half hour and season with salt and cracked pepper blend.   You can always thicken it a bit with a cornstarch slurry or even puree it if you want a smooth sauce.  Serve over grilled pork tenderloin and with a good rum drink.