But I’m thinking Coach Sam don’t give a damn and his Hogs will be ready to punch the elephant in the mouth
The game always is a pounding and “leaves a Mark” on everyone involved
So I recommend Markers Mark Bourbon complete with Razorback Red wax top!
The game is another early affair so not into sipping so early
I highly recommend Marks Mark Bourbon Balls
As a pregame taste
It’s a Christmas bowl game tradition and appropriate for a game this late
Here is a Makers Mark approved recipe for your pre noon tailgate
1 to 2 cups good bourbon whisky (recommend maker’s mark)
(Note if you want it really good take the ground /chopped Pecans and soak a day before making the recipe)
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 to 1 cup whole pecan halves (optional)
1 two-pound bag of powdered sugar
1 stick butter, softened
2 bars ghirardelli semisweet baking chocolate
Place 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped pecans in shallow bowl. Pour Maker’s Mark over nuts, immersing completely. Cover and let soak 12 hours to overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pecan halves in shallow pan and toast lightly for about ten minutes.
Cream butter in stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Combine bourbon-pecan mixture with just enough powdered sugar to form a stiff ball. Refrigerate to let stiffen slightly.
Roll dough into small balls.
In double-boiler (or a sauce pan placed over a cooker full of boiling water), add about 1/3 bar of baking chocolate at a time. Heat until just smooth. Dip dough balls into the chocolate mixture. The key is to coat them quickly and make small, frequent batches of melted chocolate.
Place bourbon balls on wax paper to cool. Top each with a toasted pecan half, if desired. Results are better if you leave them to cool at room temperature rather than in the refrigerator.
Go Hogs beat Bama
If the game is a celebration later - Markers Mark is good - mixed or neat
I am a Maker’s Mark Ambassador. It is easy to become one and I suggest that every does it. Just go to Makersmark.com and sign up for free. You will get some emails from them(not many), a Christmas gift every year (deck of cards this year), and your name goes on a brass plate with 11 other people on a barrel. When the barrel is aged to specifications the individuals on that barrel have a period of time (about six months I think) to go to Loretto, KY and purchase two bottles of single barrel Marker’s Mark from your personal barrel. Mine was ready the winter of 2014. Just in time for my wife and I, her brother and his wife to head to Lexington to see the Hogs beat KY in overtime 71-67. You receive a free tour of the distillery as well. We flew into Louisville and drove to Frankfort and toured the Buffalo Trace distillery. That is when I discovered Eagle Rare…YUM. We went to the game that night and then spent the next three days doing the Bourbon Trail. Nearly every distillery had a version of Bourbon Balls. We had one at every stop and when we got home I ordered two boxes. I was surprised at how stout they were when they arrived. Cocktails throughout the day during the tour, tastings, and Bourbon Balls had masked level of alcohol in them. Delicious.
The Bourbon Trail is a lot of fun and the World Bourbon Capital in Bardstown Kentucky is a sweet place to visit - also known as America’s prettiest small town - you would think you stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting
TYSM for your post
You’re way ahead of me I’m a Hobbiest not an expert but I like it
Maker’s is my “Table Bourbon” all round great bourbon for mixing and with just an ice cube or two. I used to stop drinking bourbon during the summer because it was just too “Hot”, but now a good ginger ale and a twist of lemon and I am good to go! I recently just found on the shelf in our local Central Market here in Austin, “Ale-8-One”…pronounce “A Late One”. A Kentucky ginger ale that is great. I bought my first one out of a vending machine after the Hogs beat Kentucky on our trip. We were headed back to the hotel and fell in love with it. Been hoping to come across someplace that stocked it ever since!
I’ve got an almost identical recipe I try from time to time. The only difference between mine & yours is that I substitute all those other ingredients with ice cubes in a glass & I pour the Makers Mark into the glass over the ice cubes. Sometimes add a splash of water. Don’t have to put it in the oven or anything. It’s really good.