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tipsy tuesday: the averna surely

Just a quick post today. It's been quite a week full of travel and busyness, so I've slacked off here rather terribly. My apologies!

In penance, here is one of my favorite cocktail recipes I've put together this past year. This is one of the cocktail trifecta I created for Aaron's birthday party back in January (all the details on that over at this post!)

I had wanted to try infusing bourbon for awhile and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity. Pair that up with one of the amaros that Aaron loves, add some Campari for good measure, and voila! Birthday cocktail #2.

The infusion process is very simple. Just be sure to begin a few days in advance. I kept my infusing bourbon in a cabinet and just gave it a quick shake each morning and evening. So simple and soooo delicious.

And with that, chin chin!


the averna surely

yield: 1 drink


Fennel infused bourbon:

1 part fennel

2 parts bourbon

2 anise pods


1½ oz fennel & anise infused bourbon ½ oz sweet vermouth ½ oz Averna amaro ¼ oz Campari 2 dashes Angostura bitters


  1. To infuse the bourbon, combine all ingredients in a mason jar and seal with the lid. Store in a cabinet for 1-3 days (I did 3) and shake twice daily. After the first day, taste a sip each day until it reaches the desired flavor. Strain out the fennel and anise and store in the jar for the same shelf life as regular bourbon.

  2. Stir all ingredients with ice and serve in a chilled coupe glass, garnished with a brandied cherry.



Pick varieties and flavors that bring you joy. Not everyone is a baker and not everyone likes to cook. 


Enjoy the process. One of my favorite things while baking is to knead the dough and feel how it changes in my hands. I love chopping vegetables that came fresh from the farmer's market, brushing the dirt off the leaves, and creating with something that came from the earth.


Listen to jazz. I know this is a personal preference, but there are few things that give me quite the feeling of contentment as cooking a good meal with a glass of wine and a Thelonius record on in the background.

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