What To Do With Leftover Bourbon

Aside from making a REALLY strong drink, here's how we like to use up leftover Bourbon

Even if you missed "the most exciting two minutes in sports," you probably celebrated the Kentucky Derby anyway—if only for the cocktails. But after pouring a few mint juleps and maybe even taking a whack at this cocktail named after Seabiscuit, you may still find yourself with a post-Derby Day bourbon surplus. Instead of another drink, try throwing the rest of that amber liquid into an adults-only barbecue sauce, a crispy biscotti or even a preserving liquid for cherries.

If you have a cup or two of bourbon, make . . .

① Bourbon Caramel Sauce

There's nothing like digging a spoon into an oozing ice cream sundae. Try pairing this salty, bourbon-spiked caramel sauce with a nutty ice cream for a spin on the classic hot fudge version.

② Kentucky Bourbon Balls

They're like doing shots but in cake form. With a hint of crunch from toasted pecans, you can't beat these booze-soaked (slightly NSFW) treats.

③ Ham with Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze

Bourbon and brown sugar bring complexity to a classic dish and offset the saltiness of ham while they're at it.

④ Bourbon-Soaked Cherries

Maraschino who? Letting fresh cherries take a swim in bourbon yields a garnish that's tart, sweet and super low maintenance. Spoon them over ice cream—or directly into your mouth—for an instant pick-me-up.

If you have less than a cup of bourbon, make . . .

⑤ Bourbon Bread

If you can't get to Bien Cuit for a loaf of its sweet and smoky bread, try making it yourself. The recipe involves a starter, which means it can take up to three days to get to the final product, but just look at those gorgeous score marks.

⑥ Barbecue Sauce

Honey-sweetened with just a bit of a kick, this barbecue sauce is just as good on chicken as it is slathered on a biscuit. And it gets even better with—you guessed it—bourbon! A three-second pour added to the recipe should do the trick.

⑦ Grape and Bourbon Mostarda

This mostarda is bursting with green and red grapes, plus a healthy glug of bourbon. How good would this be dolloped onto a baguette with a smear of goat cheese? REALLY good.

If you have a few tablespoons of bourbon, make . . .

⑧ Bourbon Biscotti

A lower-key version of bourbon-spiked coffee comes in the form of crunchy biscotti. Make yourself a cappuccino and go to town.

⑨ Honey Bourbon Butter

This recipe may have been developed with corn bread in mind as the star, but we can't help but think the whipped boozy butter steals the show.

⑩ Maple Pot de Crème with Bourbon Cream

A few bites of velvety vanilla and maple custard topped with a layer of bourbon-scented whipped cream is how we'd like to finish every day, please and thank you.

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