Alcohol is an extremely versatile thing. Not only can it be used to get slightly merry and have a good time. It can also go very well in a wide variety of dishes. It can be amazing what the slightest splash of liquor can do to intensify a dish. If you have started the new year with a detox – or even if you are not much of a drinker at all – there’s no reason not to give your meals a little kick. Just about any wine or spirit can be used for some kind of dish or another. Here, we’re going to have a look at some of the easiest – and tastiest – boozy recipes.



Red Wine Velvet Cake

Everybody loves a red velvet cake. It is one of those dishes which simply delights in its own over-abundance. This luxurious cake can be given a special update with the introduction of red wine. As if it couldn’t get any better! The method is delightfully simple too. In essence, all you need to do is follow the classic recipe, but with one small change. Instead of buttermilk, use red wine. It might sound like an unlikely combination, but it does actually work incredibly well! If you are looking for something to surprise your dinner party guests with, then this might be the ideal candidate.



Whiskey Pork Belly Chunks

For the meat-eaters out there, pork belly chunks – coated in whiskey. Yum! This one is ludicrously simple to execute. Pour the whiskey into a small roasting tin with star anise. Then place the seasoned pork belly on top of it. Cover with foil, and bake it at 160c for around three hours. It might sound like a long time, but with the low temperature, you will essentially be slow-cooking it. And slow-cooked pork belly can’t be bad, especially with whiskey poured all over it. Ensure that you use a really good quality whiskey, though. Shop around for a reasonable Johnnie Walker blue label price, and get cooking!

Avocado Ice Cream With Rum

Yes, you may well drool over this one! This avocado ice cream with rum is possibly even more delicious as it sounds. One of the great benefits of this dish is that you get the healthy fats of the avocado, but all wrapped up in a really yummy (and rummy) package. To make the ice cream, mix the avocado with cream in a blender or food processor. Then, add some rum. Ideally, you want to put in about four or five tablespoons of rum, but it is really all down to your own personal taste. Put the whole lot in the fridge for a couple of hours. After that, it is only a matter of chucking the whole lot in your ice cream machine, and there you have it. Delicious, rummy, avocado ice cream. And the extra hidden bonus in this recipe is: it is nowhere near as unhealthy as it sounds. With how delicious it is, that should be music to your ears.


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