May 31, 2012

Oyster & Wine Pairing Results

The verdict is in! Wines were sipped, oysters were slurped and the people have spoken! The following wines were sampled in a blind taste test to determine the Gulf Oyster's best wine pairing:

1) Terlano Terlaner Classico Alto Adige 2010
Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

2) Foxglove, Chardonnay, Central Coast 2010

3) Joseph Mellot, “La Chantellenie”, Sancerre 2010

4) Uriondo, Bizkaiko Txakolina 2011
Mune Mahatsa, Txori Mahatsa

5) Mar de Frades, Albarino, Val do Salnes 2011

We had two judging pools; People's Choice and Expert's Choice. Our Expert judges consisted of Actor Bryan Batt, Writer Pableaux Johnson, Food Editors Jyl Benson and Daniel Schumacher and Food Activist and Radio Personality Poppy Tooker. The Experts selected wine number 5, the Albarino as the best pairing.

People's Choice went to wine number 1, a Northern Italian blended wine.

A big thank you to all of our participants!

Apr 25, 2012

Derby Day Recipe Ideas

With the Kentucky Derby just around the corner we can't help but think about recipes to liven up a Derby party. From cocktails to main courses this menu is meant to get your creative juices flowing! Please feel free to use our ideas and add to them to make them your own. We're a little busy this time of year with Jazz Fest in New Orleans and won't be able to have our own Derby shindig, so if you host a party, PLEASE share the details with us. We'd love to know what our smart readers are up to!

Mint Juleps are to the Kentucky Derby like bread is to butter. Yet not all Mint Juleps are created equal! A classic mint julep only contains mint, bourbon, water and sugar. In order to keep it as close to the classic as possible, but amp up the flavor, we make our own mint infused simple syrup. The result is a refreshing, potent cocktail - exactly what you expect from a good mint julep. Below is our recipe if you'd like test it out.

At Bourbon House we're zealous about bourbon and Gulf seafood, so when we get the opportunity to put the two together, we seize it! Our Bourbon BBQ Shrimp is one of those versatile dishes that perfectly marries our two favorite things! The sweetness of the bourbon provides the necessary balance to the lemon and Crystal hot sauce. This dish is good served as a hors d'oeuvres over a crostini, served as a po-boy stuffed into French bread or delicious as an entree in a bowl with some bread to sop up the sauce.


Mint Julep Recipe
1 splash of mint infused simple syrup*
2 cups crushed ice
2.5 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
1 splash of soda water
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

In a highball glass or silver Julep cup, add mint infused simple syrup. Next, add crushed ice, top with bourbon and a splash of soda water. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint. 

*Mint Infused Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
A few sprigs of fresh mint

In a medium size sauce pan bring water to a boil, once boiling add sugar. Stir until sugar completely dissolves. Turn off heat and add the fresh mint. Let mint steep in mixture until the simple syrup comes to room temperature. Strain mint and reserve liquid. Simple syrup can then be stored in the refrigerator. 

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