Sweet Potato Pie Old Fashioned

I’ve been on a super cereal old fashioned kick these past few months. Perhaps it’s the season, but all I want to do after the sun goes down is cozy up on the couch with a thick blanket and an old fashioned. I’ve even converted Audrey, who isn’t really a whiskey drinker. I love the simplicity of the old fashioned, but also enjoy how the character changes over the course of the drink. What starts out big and bold slowly mellows, as that large cube melts into one last silky sweet sip. This particular old fashioned variant is no exception. At first I was skeptical when I came across Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur. But this isn’t just another cloyingly sweet, fake tasting liqueur. Don’t get me wrong, it is sweet. But it also has a bit of a dry whiskey vibe to it. The base spirit is made from 100% sweet potatoes, which is then aged in oak barrels and mixed with brown sugar and spices. The liqueur definitely has a winter spice profile, so I immediately thought of sweet potato pie! And you know there’s only one place I go for sweet potato pie . . . Joy’s dad’s sweet potato pie. Therefore, in an attempt to combine two delicious creations, I give you the sweet potato pie old fashioned.

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Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Coffee Cardamom Glaze

We did very little baking growing up. My parents came to this country in the 70s and it seems our kitchen was one of the last places to assimilate. Our pantry was always filled with various Chinese herbs and ingredients and we never really used the oven. On rare occasions, we would bake a cake with the only two things you really need to bake a cake with: cake mix and a bundt pan. For as long as I can remember, my mom had this red bundt pan and growing up we baked cake after cake after cake with nothing else but that old beat-up bundt pan. It was the only cake pan we had! It served us well and to this day that red bundt pan brings back happy memories for my sister and me of baking together in the kitchen. I’m not sure what happened with that bundt pan, but at some point it must’ve gotten the ol’ heave-ho. So this holiday season, I’m teaming up with McCormick to rediscover our family’s lost bundt cake tradition by making this gorgeous gingerbread bundt cake. This bundt cake recipe is filled with tons of holiday spices like ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground cloves. This super moist cake is then covered with the best part of this recipe– a coffee cardamom glaze that is, literally and figuratively, the icing on the cake! Baking gingerbread from scratch with all the classic holiday spices, like ginger, cinnamon and cloves, is certainly an upgrade to our old childhood bundt cake!

Gingerbread bundt with coffee cardamom glaze

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12 Days Of Giveaways Is Here!

It’s officially December, which means the countdown to Christmas has begun. In the spirit of the holidays, we’re bringing back our 12 Days Of Giveaways by hosting some pretty awesome giveaways for you, our incredibly supportive readers. We’ve collaborated with 12 of our favorite brands to create a special gift for 12 lucky winners. Each day, for 12 consecutive days, we will reveal a new gift and all you have to do is comment to win! Head over HERE on Monday, December 5th to uncover the first of many amazing surprises – and be sure to check back each day for more. Also, head over to HonestlyWTF for their own holiday giveaways! Good luck and happy holidays!

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Gift Guide 2016: The Bartender

Another year has come and gone, and boy what a year it was. Between the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series, and the turbulent political climate following the recent presidential election, it’s hard to know what to expect these days. That is . . . besides the annual HonestlyYUM bartender/cocktail lover gift guide, of course!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is unquestionably my favorite post of the year. It’s a time to share all my favorite cocktail-related gadgets and gizmos that I’ve cataloged throughout the year. Whether you’re a home bar enthusiast, or a professional cocktail guru, hopefully you’ll find something below that suits your fancy. Audrey always makes fun of me because she knows this gift guide is really just everything I have on my wish list. What can I say . . .  she’s right!!

Gift Guide 2016: The Bartender

  1. Rolling Cooler $269 – Great addition to any backyard party or tailgate! Stop breaking your back trying to lug that heavy cooler around.
  2. Nick and Nora Glasses, Gold Trim (Set of 6) $42 – How a martini was meant to be sipped!
  3. Vincent Bartender’s Hand Salve $9 – Bartending is tough on the hands, so treat them well.
  4. The Bartender’s Knife $40 – Sleek, versatile, and extremely high-quality. For those that take their garnishes seriously.
  5. Birch Lowball Cocktail Muddler $29 – Sturdy wooden muddler – check out the size of this thing!!
  6. Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas $16 – My favorite book of the year, and a must own for any cocktail enthusiast!
  7. Bittermilk No. 7 Yuletide Old Fashioned $15 – Holiday spices, bourbon barrel, and tart cherry help makes this current Bittermilk release a seasonal dream.
  8. Gunmetal Black Julep Strainer $17 – Premium 1930s-style strainer in stunning gunmetal black.
  9. Teardrop Barspoon, Copper-Plated $15 – Stir it up, little darlin’ . . .
  10. American Oak Barrel, 1 liter $55 – Barrel-age your own spirits and cocktails!
  11. Bitters Bottle with Gold Dasher Top $22 – Forget all those mismatching bottles – elevate your home bar with these elegant, gold-topped glass bitters bottles.
  12. Gold Straws $10 – Sippin’ with style.
  13. Beer Sauce, Extra Spicy $16 – Add complexity to your beer with this deliciously spicy mixer.
  14. Pablo Brass Dog Corkscrew $20 – Dog lovers + wine lovers unite.
  15. Japanese Style Jigger 1oz/2oz, Gunmetal Black, Copper-Plated $19 – The jigger of my dreams . . .
  16. Pineapple Cocktail Shaker, Copper $80 – Nothing to see here . . . besides the coolest shaker on the planet!
  17. Seahorse Tiki Mug $16 – Whether or not you’re tiki obsessed, this seahorse mug is legit.
  18. Pedra Coasters, Teal (Set of 4) $80 – In ancient times, agate was thought to possess incredible virtues – now it can protect your coffee table from stains!
  19. Turmeric Cocktail Spice $18 – Add complexity to your next libation with a few drops of this earthy, aromatic tincture.
  20. Cotton Cocktail Napkins (Roll of 50) $31 – How cool are these?? Hooray – no more ugly cocktail napkins!
  21. Warm Sake Set $45 – Everything you need to enjoy a warm cup of umami-rich sake.
  22. Negroni Lip Balm $8 – Negroni fix, on your lips!!
  23. The Sidecar, Handcrafted Bar Cart (Price Upon Request) – A truly bespoke home bar experience, in collaboration of Jim Meehan.

Ponche Navideño

Trust me, you want to be the one in charge of beverages this holiday season. Let’s face it, you’re going to want need something to sip on when that crazy uncle corners you in the living room and grills you on the election. Aaaand, if you are indeed participating in awkward family drinking rituals, why not at least make it a beverage of your choosing. My feelings about punch are well documented. They’re easy to make in advance (even encouraged), they’re festive, and they’re absolutely packed with flavor. So, when I tell you that this particular punch is undoubtedly the best I have ever concocted, I don’t say so lightly. Make this punch. Some of the ingredients can be a bit tricky to track down, but I recommend checking a Mexican market. Be sure to make it the night before, not only to save time, but also so that all the goodies can soak together like a big, crowded, friendly, communal spa. Oops, wrong visual . . . but you get the idea!

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Ponche Navideño is a traditional Mexican Christmas punch, made with an intoxicating blend of fruits, nuts, and spices. I took a few liberties with my version, namely, I chose to serve it cold rather than hot (although it’s delicious either way). If you’re familiar with the traditional recipe, you’ll notice a few other minor tweaks. However, I made sure to preserve all the ingredients that I believe are vital to giving this punch its unique identity: tejocotes, hibiscus, guavas, and tamarindo, to name a few.

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