• Kate

Adult PB&J

If you could sum up your entire culinary experience as a kid what would it be? What is that one flavor, or set of flavors that is iconically childhood for you?

For me, and maybe a few others out there, it would have to be a PB&J Sandwich. Sweet strawberry jelly smushed with creamy peanut butter right between two pieces of bread, and in my household, it was always some form of whole grain. I wanted to take those flavors and bring them to my adult world, in the most adult way, by adding liquor.



For Boozy Peanut Butter

  • ½ Oz Bourbon

  • 3 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter

  • 4 Tbsp Whole Milk

Yields about ½ C

In a small saucepan, or since my pans were all dirty I ended up using a ramekin, combine Bourbon, peanut butter, and milk. Cook over low heat until all melty and liquidy. It was a little bit of a guessing game for me so you may need to add more milk to get this desired consistency. Just think, we want to drink this not smear it on bread.



For Strawberry Juice

  • 1 ½ C Whole Frozen Strawberries

  • 1 C Water

  • ½ C Orange Juice

  • 2 Tsp Salt

  • 1 Tbsp Sugar

Yields about 2 ½ C

In a medium saucepan add all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for 20 minutes and allow strawberries to soften and release their sugars. Once slightly cooled pour into a blender and blend away. You can prepare this a few days in advance, just store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.



Per Cocktail

  • 2 Oz Strawberry Juice

  • ¼ Oz Boozy Peanut Butter

  • 1 ½ Oz Bourbon

  • Ice


Garnish

  • ¼ C Sugar

  • 1 Tbsp Salt

  • 2 Slices of Bread

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Paper Straw (Yea, I Went There)

In a bowl, one with a bottom that can easily fit the lip of your glass when placed upside down, add sugar and salt. Give a few stirs to make sure they are mixed well. Dab the rim of your glass on a wet paper towel then press upside down into the bowl full of sugar to create a salted-sugar rim. Prep each glass before starting on your cocktail.


In a shaker add juice, peanut butter, and bourbon over plenty of ice and shake vigorously.

Place 4 ice cubes into your salted-sugar rimmed Rocks Glass and pour cocktail over ice. I made small PB&J sandwiches to complete the experience by simply making one full sandwich and using a shot glass to cut out small disks. I pierced these with my paper straw and set them in each drink before serving.


Cheers, sit back, forget adult responsibilities for a while and enjoy the flavors of childhood.


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