Fact or Myth: You can get your daily dose of veggies from a cocktail?

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway this week and congratulations to our winner! We’re still in the bourbon spirit, so we’ll leave you with two more bourbon cocktail recipes that are sure to surprise!

April 1st has come and gone, but we’re not trying to fool you with this one! In The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler offer a surprising and innovative way to get your daily dose of veggies—mixed with a little bit of Kentucky’s finest bourbon.

Check out the recipes for Sweet Potato Pie and Veggie Implosions!

Sweet Potato Pie

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • sorghum syrup
  • chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1 ounce spice-infused Kentucky bourbon
  • ½ ounce brown sugar syrup
  • ½ ounce pecan liqueur

Prepare the sweet potato as follows: Boil the potato until cooked but still firm. Cool and peel it and cut crosswise into three chunks. Scoop out the center of each piece, being careful not to scoop all the way through, making a “well” to hold the drink. Dip the potato rim in sorghum syrup and then in chopped, toasted pecans. Put ½ ounce sorghum in the bottom of a Martini glass and sprinkle with pecans. Place the three pieces of sweet potato into the Martini glass, hollowedout centers facing up. Shake the bourbon, brown sugar syrup, and pecan liqueur over ice and carefully pour into the sweet potato cups. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve with two small sip straws and a small spoon. Sip the cocktail and eat the sweet potato pieces.

Veggie Implosions

  • 1 recipe Dark & Bloody Bourbon Mary
  • assortment of vegetables, including: cherry tomatoes, cucumber pieces, zucchini (uncooked), summer squash (uncooked), new potatoes (cooked)

Carefully shave flesh from the base of the vegetable pieces so that they rest level on a tray or plate. Hollow out the inside of the vegetable pieces to make veggie “shot glasses.” Place small bowls of condiments such as those produced by Bourbon Barrel Foods (BBF)—Bourbon Barrel Aged Soy Sauce, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Sea Salt, and Bourbon Barrel Smoked Peppercorns—around the veggies. Dip the rim of the veggie shots into the soy sauce, salt, and peppercorns.

Shake the Bloody Bourbon Mary mix over ice, strain into a small plastic squirt bottle, and squirt the Bloody Bourbon Mary mix into the shots. To enjoy, sip the drink and munch on the “shot glasses.”

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