5 Boozy Foods to Lighten Your Mood

What better way to enjoy your favorite comfort foods than by adding a splash of booze to them? We’re not just talking about your grandma’s famous rum balls here — the addition of a little alcohol can take plenty of dishes up a notch. Here are five ways to use booze to spice up your cooking:

Beer and Onion Soup

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This onion soup (complete with the requisite embedded baguette and melty cheese topping) also contains a whole bottle of pale ale. A bowl of this is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter’s day.

Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Cookies

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This recipe for bourbon bacon chocolate cookies (say that three times fast) is from the Maker’s Mark website, but we’re sure you could substitute your favorite bourbon and it’d work out just fine. (Don’t tell the Maker’s Mark people that, though.) It’s pretty much your average chocolate chip cookie recipe, but with a bacony, bourbony twist. Our mouths are watering just thinking about that savory combination.

Cider Cheese Fondue

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Fondue had its day a few decades ago, but for some reason, it fell out of favor. We’re of the opinion that it’s time someone brought fondue back — and with this cider cheese fondue recipe, that person could be you. Gruyere, Cheddar, garlic, hard cider and Worcestershire sauce bring the flavor to this boozy fondue.

You can even jazz it up with an extra splash of bourbon or whiskey if you’d like. You fondo you.

Bourbon BBQ Pulled Pork

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Bourbon and barbeque sauce form the flavorful, smoky base for this melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork. Put the finished product on a sandwich, sprinkle it over nachos, add it to a pizza — or, heck, just eat it right out of the pot. It’s that good.

Vodka Mac ‘n Cheese

Mac ‘n cheese: It’s not just for kids anymore! In fact, with half a cup of vodka in the sauce, you probably should keep this delectable dish away from kids. (Mostly because you’re going to want to eat it all yourself.)

This recipe is based on the traditional vodka sauce from penne alla vodka, applied to mac ‘n cheese and given a gourmet twist.