Friday, September 18, 2015

Boozy Weekend Brunch

We rounded up the last of the fresh figs we could find and made this boozy brunch, with a little help from my favorite friend, Trader Joe's.

While the bourbon for breakfast should be the hero of this post I have to start with the Toasted Coconut Pancakes.  I really think I hit gold with these! If you know me I'm an egg and toast kind of girl but these pancakes are so good you can basically eat them like a cookie.  To make them, you only need to add water!  Oh, how I so love you Trader Joe's for making my weekends sweet and simple.

Now on to the boozy part.  The bourbon fig compote is the perfect amount of sticky sweet and booze.  While we were pouring it over those amazing pancakes, I completely intend to eat the rest of it with a creamy brie cheese and loaf of french bread.

The coffee cocktail that Greg created will be sure to wake you up and give you a nice little buzz.  The chocolate bitters is my favorite part.  It makes it not too sweet and super easy to drink.

So as my Dad says, "Relax a little and enjoy!"

Bourbon Fig Compote and Coconut Pancakes

Trader Joe's Toasted Coconut Pancake Mix (or your favorite pancake mix)
2 cups fresh figs, quartered
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
Pinch of salt

Make your pancakes according the package.  Set aside.

Place the figs, honey and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan.  Over low heat melt the brown sugar and honey.  Stir frequently.  Cook the compote for about 10-15 more minutes bringing the mixture to a simmer, breaking up the figs a bit.  Add the bourbon and bring to a low boil.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for another 5-7 minutes.  Season with a pinch of salt and stir.  Serve over pancakes immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.  Makes 1-1/2 cups.

Bourbon Coffee Cocktail

1-1/2 ounce bourbon
1/2 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Cold brew coffee

Pour the bourbon, Kahlua and the chocolate bitters into an ice filled rocks glass.  Top with cold brew coffee.  Stir and enjoy!  Makes one cocktail.