Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider

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Do y’all know Jessica (no not me Jessica, the other Jessica) from How Sweet Eats? Who am I kidding…of course you do. Well, in case you live under a rock, Jessica is having a baby and a bunch of us bloggers are celebrating with an online baby shower!

Sure online showers are a little strange, but us bloggers are a little strange too. You benefit from our strangeness with 65 amazing recipes (scroll to the bottom for the complete list of recipes) from 65 bloggers that are perfect for the next time you have to host a shower. Score!

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I became internet friends with Jessica many, many years ago. I finally met her in real life in Seattle a few years ago with Tina and we sat around gossiping and chowing down for hours. She is the exact same in person as she is on her blog and I absolutely adore her.

Food Bloggers being Food Bloggers.

Here we are in California with some other great food bloggers who are almost all celebrating Jessica today too! First up Ashley of Edible Perspective — Me — Jessica of How Sweet Eats — Lauren of Lauren’s Latest — Tina of My Life As A Mrs  — Jenna of Eat Live Run. Funny note – in this photo only one of us, Lauren, was a mama. Now 2 and 1/2 years later and 5 out of 6 of us are! Wow!

So when I found out she was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to find out if she was having a little girl or boy. Turns out, she could wait and is waiting to find out! I can’t imagine doing that. Jorge and I paid extra to find out at 14 weeks that Lyla & Ellie were girls. I have absolutely zero patience!

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For Jessica’s wonderful imaginary baby shower, I ended up making a Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider cocktail. It also works wonderfully as a fun mocktail for the pregnant ladies…or ladies who want to be able to stand up straight later. 😉

I knew I wanted to use some of the homemade apple cider I picked up last weekend in my cocktail/mocktail, but I didn’t imagine it would turn out this good! I really love the flavor combo you get with apple cider and fizzy ginger ale/beer. To dress up an otherwise plain looking drink, I skewered some apple and candied ginger and I love the way it came together.

Cheers on your little bebe, Jessica! I hope being a mom makes you as happy as it has made me!

Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider


  • 3 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz ginger beer (or ginger ale)
  • 1 oz bourbon
  • crushed ice
  • candied ginger and cubed apple for garnish


Mix apple cider and bourbon and pour over crushed ice. Add ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger and apple. Serve immediately.

flavor combo inspired by Once Upon A Recipe


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trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce
  2. The Lemon Bowl – Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini
  3. With Style & Grace – Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

 trashed up cocktails 

  1. Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail
  2. Food For My Family – Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail
  3. Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes
  4. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy
  5. A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail
  6. Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
  7. Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour
  8. Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
  9. A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail
  10. A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
  11. The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider
  12. Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats

trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective – Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy
  2. The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie
  3. Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese
  4. Cookies & Cups – Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger
  5. Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy
  6. Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries
  7. Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini
  8. Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup
  9. Lady and Pups – Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs
  10. Two Peas & Their Pod – Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
  11. Bake Your Day – Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

 trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon – Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos
  2. The Fauxmartha – Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos
  3. With Food + Love – Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos
  4. Mountain Mama Cooks – Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon
  5. Heather Christo – Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce
  6. A Couple Cooks – Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos
  7. Fitnessista – San Diego Lobster Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two – Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles
  2. My Name is Yeh – Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up
  3. Picky Palate – Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes
  4. Sprinkle Bakes – Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes
  5. Averie Cooks – Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
  6. Sweet Phi – Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars
  7. Love & Olive Oil – Loaded Junk Food Brownies
  8. Lauren’s Latest – Bakery Sugar Cookies
  9. Cookie + Kate – Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
  10. Flourishing Foodie – Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  11. The Sugar Hit – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake
  12. Hummingbird High – Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts
  13. Top With Cinnamon – Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake
  14. Bake at 350 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes
  15. Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake
  16. Bakerella – Baby Block Cake Pops
  17. She Wears Many Hats –  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit 

trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks – Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza
  2. Rachel Cooks – Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust
  3. Foodie With Family – Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza
  4. Shutterbean – Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza
  5. i am a food blog – Grilled Cheese Pizza
  6. My Life as a Mrs – Chili Cheese Dog Pizza
  7. Simply Scratch – Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle
  8. The Beeroness – Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza
  9. Yes I Want Cake – Roasted Pumpkin Pizza
  10. Two Red Bowls – Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza
  11. Dula Notes – Pork Bahn Mi Pizza
  12. Weelicious – Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets
  13. Take a Megabite – Roasted Beet Pizza
  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida – Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta
  15. Bakers Royale – Trash’d Street Tacos