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Bourbon Stout Cocktail

There’s something about the Fall/Winter season that gets me in the mood for bourbon. And dark beer. Chocolate and vanilla are nice too now that I think about it. Good thing I found this Bourbon Stout Cocktail recipe! It combines all of the aforementioned flavors with a bit of cream. I know bourbon and stout sound like an odd combo, but I’m game to give it a try. I might hate it, but this might also be the cocktail of my dreams. Let’s find out!

This holiday cocktail is perfect when served with warm chocolate cookies!

Recipe Author: Better Homes and Gardens
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The Ingredients

There aren’t a whole lot of ingredients for this cocktail, and I had a few on hand. I didn’t have proper bourbon, but I did have a bottle of Jack Daniels. It’s bourbon in everything but name, so I went with it.

I also had the vanilla and chocolate syrup on hand. It’s not specified, but I assume the author intended regular chocolate syrup. I, however, had to be fancy and only had dark chocolate syrup on hand, so that’s what I used.

That left me to shop for the half-and-half and chocolate stout. The first was simple enough to find at my regular grocery store. The chocolate stout was a little tougher to find, but I found a bottle at ABC.

Bourbon Stout Cocktail Ingredients
Chocolate stout, half and half, bourbon, vanilla extract, and chocolate syrup

The Process

Sometimes I like brewing up flavored simple syrups for cocktails, and sometimes I don’t want to be bothered. I was in an ‘I don’t want to be bothered’ mood, so I was glad this cocktail didn’t require any cooking. It didn’t even require a cocktail shaker, making it a great option for serving a crowd.

I know chocolate syrup needs a really good stir to blend with whatever it’s added to, so I decided not to mix up the cocktails in their glasses. Instead, I added everything but the half-and-half to a measuring cup so I give it all a good stir.

Then I poured the bourbon-stout mixture over ice in a pair of ice-filled rocks glasses, taking care to distribute it evenly. The amount of half-and-half wasn’t specified, so I just poured what I thought looked good. That’s it, cocktails done and ready to enjoy in just three minutes.

Bourbon Stout Cocktail before stirring in the half and half
Bourbon Stout Cocktail before stirring in the half and half

So how was it?

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This Bourbon Stout Cocktail was so easy to make, made a nice presentation, and brought out the best in all its ingredients. The bitterness of the stout is dialed way down, and so is the burn of the bourbon. But the flavors are still there along with a touch of vanilla and chocolate. I used dark chocolate syrup to dial down the sweetness, and I couldn't have been happier with the result. The half and half swirled through the brown liquid just beautifully, and I had two cocktails ready in just three minutes.
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