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My girlfriends and I love throwing a girl’s night. It’s my turn to host and I’ll be throwing a Bourbon Girl’s Night with Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked. It’s a chance for novice whiskey drinkers and more experienced sippers to try something new or fall back in love with a favorite. We’ll go over tasting notes, facts about the bourbon, food pairings, and chat all things whiskey. It’s the perfect way to make new memories together. Hosting doesn’t have to be complicated, and this is one of those easy last-minute girl’s night ideas that everyone will enjoy. Keep reading to learn how to throw your own girl’s night in with printables and recipes included.
HOW TO THROW A BOURBON GIRL’S NIGHT IN
These nights are to focus solely on one bottle of whiskey. I think it’s a great excuse to try a more high-end brand you’ve had an eye on. For this girl’s night, I’m focusing on Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked. It’s a twice-barreled bourbon that is matured in separate new charred oak barrels. To put this girl’s night together, I used Straight from the Distillery’s Facebook Chat, aka “The Whiskey Whisperer,” to learn more about this bourbon and the best food pairings to go with it. This helped me put together a bourbon tasting card and to share fun facts about the bourbon with my guests. Then it was all about buying the bourbon and making a few food pairings! And we’re making it even easier by showing you where you can buy these products; check out availability below
BOURBON TASTING CARD
For the Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked tasting card, I include three sections. “Facts” to discuss and information about the distillery, followed by a “Tasting” section. This interactive section allows guests to learn to taste bourbon and jot their thoughts down. You want to remember to “Look, Swirl, Sniff, and Taste” the bourbon. Guests can then cross-check what they thought they tasted with what they should find within the bourbon. Afterward, we end with educational food “Pairings” that best fit this bourbon. To make things easier, I’m sharing my tasting card for you to print for your own Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked party. Get it here.
WOODFORD RESERVE® DOUBLE OAKED TASTING MENU
After going over the tasting card, I have guests pick up food pairings I’ve set out to try with their bourbon. I like guests to have a sweet and savory treat option. I made a 3-Cheese Pretzel Twist and a Dark Chocolate Almond & Orange Bark. Find the recipe card for these, down below. The pretzel is made with pizza dough and the bark is made in the microwave, making for easy recipes! Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked has notes of rich dark fruit, caramel, and toasted oak with a full-bodied mix of vanilla, apples, and hazelnuts. I picked dark chocolate bark because it’s a delightful mix with the Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked. It lets the smoky oak flavors really shine, which is my personal favorite. The three-cheese pretzel has gouda, aged cheddar, and Parmesan for a salty, cheese twist. This mega highlights the caramel and vanilla tones of the bourbon. I’ll also like to set out an additional block of Parmesan and dark grapes to complement all these flavors.
Two recipes for a sweet and savory food pairing to Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked. Dark Chocolate Orange Almond Bark is dark chocolate topped with almonds, candied orange, and sea salt. 3 Cheese Pretzel Twist is a pizza dough cooked like a pretzel that is filled with gouda, aged cheddar, and parmesan cheeses.
- 12 ounces 75%-85% Dark Chocolate Chips or Chopped Chocolate
- 3/4 cup Slivered Almonds
- 1/4 cup Candied Orange Peel
- 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 lbs Fresh Pizza Dough – room temperature (found in the bakery of your grocery store)
- 1/3 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 1/3 cup Shredded Gouda
- 1/3 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar
- 4 cups Water
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1 Egg (whisked)
- Sea Salt
Melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at 15-second increments. Stirring between each round. When the chocolate is almost fully melted but still has pieces of chocolate remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until the rest of the chocolate melts.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment bowl melted chocolate onto the baking sheet. Smooth out into an even layer.
Top the chocolate with slivered almonds, candied orange peel, and sea salt. Let the chocolate harden at room temperature for 3 hours or let it chill in the fridge for one hour.
When the chocolate has hardened break the chocolate into large bite-size pieces for serving.
While the bark is chilling, begin making the pretzel twist. Bring a pot with 4 cups of water to a boil and pre-heat the over to 425 degrees.
Fold in the parmesan, gouda, and sharp cheddar cheeses into the pizza dough until well combined. Roll your dough out to around 7×12". Cut the dough into 12 evenly sized strips.
Fold the dough in half, hook the arch in your finger and twist the dough around. Have it form a twisted-braid. Brush on a little bit of egg to the loose ends and press them together to seal the twist. Repeat with remaining 11 strips of pizza dough.
Drop the pot of boiling water to medium-low heat. Slowly add the baking soda to the boiling water. Constantly stirring to keep the bubbles from foaming out and over the pot. Keep stirring until the baking soda has dissolved. Raise the heat back up and bring the mixture to a simmer.
2-3 twists at a time, drop them in the boiling water. Using a slotted spoon, push them around to avoid them sticking together. They should grow in size. Remove the twists after 30 seconds and add them to a parchemnet lined cookie sheet. Repeat until all the twists have been soaked. Dap excess moisture from the cookie sheet with a paper towel when done.
Brush the rest of the whisked egg on top of the twists. Sprinkle sea salt on top of the twists and add the cookie sheet to the oven and let cook for 15-20 minutes. They are done when they are cooked through and have a golden brown color.
Let rest on a cooling rack. Serve when cool enough to touch.
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Last-minute hosting tip: Don’t have time to bake? Buy gourmet dark chocolate bars with 75-85% dark chocolate and a variety of salty cheeses. Cut them up and lay them on a platter for guests to pick from!
At any event you host, the little details always matter. With this theme focusing on one bottle of whiskey, I will prep rocks glasses with 2 ounces of bourbon for guests to pick up as they arrive. I garnish them with a mini-treat bag that has a piece of chocolate bark in it. It gives them a chance to try a food pairing without any background knowledge. That way when we go to talk about tasting notes and food, guests will have already started formulating ideas. They then get to revisit with deeper opinions and more information about what they are experiencing, forming a well-rounded and thought-out experience!
And, you can really be the hostess with the mostest by ensuring all of your attendees have a safe ride home with Uber, Lyft, a designated driver, etc!
That’s it; it’s that easy! That’s the whole setup for this bourbon girl’s night. I love that this is a nice shakeup to a wine night or wine tasting. Though if you wanted to turn this into a bourbon tasting, you could do so by adding in the original Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Whiskey and a bottle of Old Forester®. Though I have to say, Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked is my favorite and a nice change of pace to the classics. It’s unique with its second round of maturing in a charred oak barrel that has been deeply toasted. It truly brings out a flavor like none other. What would be your favorite part of this bourbon girl’s night? Mine will be comparing what I tasted to what I should have tasted from the tasting card!
If you throw your own bourbon girl’s night with Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked, make sure to tag me on Instagram with a photo or a few stories with your besties!
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