ROMANCE ON A PLATE: A COFFEE-BOURBON COMBINATION

The French are ever so elegant in their ways. Trust them to name a beautiful cut of soft tenderloin meat ‘dainty beef’. For the uninitiated, that is what the French mean by fillet mignon. Fillet mignon (pronounced fee-layh mee-nion) as a term was first used by O. Henry in his 1906 book, The Four Million. The very same fillet mignon, fit to serve the kings and queens, the pièce de résistance of any dining experience has become synonymous with grand romance.

The richness of bourbon marries beautifully with the soft, buttery texture of the tenderloin. Pairing a fillet mignon with a wonderfully sticky, sweet bourbon sauce with just a hint of smoky coffee is a guaranteed trip to food heaven. You can use a Jefferson’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey as its spicy and sweet flavor profile echoes the umami taste of the fillet and the smokiness of the sauce. Let’s take a plunge into the divine realm of sensory delights and find out how to make our own.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp instant coffee
  • ½ tsp beef-flavored bouillon granules
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 120gm tenderloin steak cut into 1 inch thick fillets
  • 2 tbsp of chopped fresh parsley
  • Cooking spray

The Process

Combine water, sugar, bourbon, instant coffee granules and the bouillon granules together and set aside. Season your steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and coat with cooking spray. Cook the steak to your liking. Keep in mind that it’s best served medium rare, in which case cook your steak for 2 minutes on each side. Cover and set aside. Pour the sauce mixture into a saucepan and boil till it has reduced by 3/4th of its volume. Spoon the sauce over your steak and serve with a garnish of freshly chopped parsley.

This eccentric combination of gorgeous bourbon, with its hint of spice and a luxurious cut of tenderloin is delightfully sinful. Whip it up for your loved one and indulge your senses now!


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The humble bread and butter pudding dates back to the 11th century – and through the decades, it has witnessed several makeovers before landing on the dessert menu of every upscale British restaurant.Initially, it was a frugal dish meant for rainy days, when you had little more than bread and butter in the larder. Since then, however, it has become synonymous with rich comfort food – and with the addition of chocolate, a decadent finish to a premium meal.Let’s explore the next step in the journey – bread and butter pudding, topped off with marmalade and whiskey. Comprising four ingredients you can probably get straight from the pantry, this is a guilty pleasure you can make at short notice and serve at an impromptu dinner party with pride.While the recipe (for 6 to 8 people) works well with most popular brews, we recommend The Famous Grouse – a unique Scotch whisky which gains a distinctive sweetness from being aged in sherry casks.

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Whiskey Caramel Sauce to Douse Your Dessert In

Sauces can make for knockout embellishments to a plethora of entrees and desserts. They add a charming touch, while elevating the dish greatly. Drizzled over endless options such as puddings, cakes, pancakes and more, dishes draped in rich sauces spell indulgence.  And when you spike a lovely homemade caramel sauce with splashes of your favourite spirit, such as a good blended or single malt whisky, you have reinvented it completely! For instance, bourbon is an extremely versatile and complements a whiskey caramel sauce with its sweetness and hints of caramel. Its rich flavour from aged oak barrels makes it the perfect ingredient for sauces. Here is a simple and quick recipe to whip up a boozy, buttery whisky caramel sauce that will leave your guests craving more. 

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Whisky Mojito with Blenders Pride

A wildly popular white rum based cocktail all across the world, the Mojito has inspired several other interpretations of itself with many different types of alcoholic drinks. One such exciting twist on the traditional Mojito is the Whisky Mojito. Considered to be a particular favourite among whisky lovers who love a certain amount of whimsy with their drinks, the Whisky Mojito is the obvious choice. It is a not just a refreshing drink to beat the heat but is also the perfect accompaniment for a get-together with friends and family over something as simple and exciting as a board game, or even a game of foosball for that matter. The Whisky Mojito is as easy-to-prepare as can be, with ingredients that aren’t difficult to find in kitchens in just about any place on Earth. When it comes to whisky, the Whisky Mojito must ideally be prepared with an extraordinary whisky that is just as smooth as it is flavourful. The iconic Blenders Pride blended Indian whisky is a good choice for the Whisky Mojito owing to its smooth taste which works wonderfully with the other flavours in the drink. To prepare this whisky drink, you can be your own bartender, improvising this spending whisky cocktail in any manner you prefer, playing fast and loose with the ingredients until you find the right balance that works for you!

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