Making the Most of Your Booze: 2 Bourbon-Filled Sweets


As college students, we often struggle to find the motivation to keep on studying in the late hours of the night. We try to find the energy to balance work and extracurricular obligations all while laboring to make time to cram in a few hours of sleep. But if there’s one activity most of us have no trouble finding an excuse for, it’s drinking.

Alcohol is a mainstay at any university, and it isn’t likely to leave our campus or our weekend agendas anytime soon. So while it’s here, why not turn it into a dessert? Why associate alcohol consumption with watery beer or shots of Skol in a dingy basement when you can use it to make something worth drinking, or maybe even eating? Well, look no further. Here are two recipes designed to help make the most of your love for the liquid, both using just 5 ingredients or less.

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Blondies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6-12 (depending on the size of your pan)

1 box yellow cake mix (available at CVS)
2 eggs
1 stick of butter, melted
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
¼ cup bourbon (I used Jim Beam, but dark rum would work well too)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, eggs and melted butter. Stir until most of the lumps have disappeared.

Photo by Alex Tom

3. Pour in the chocolate chips and bourbon, and mix well.

Photo by Alex Tom

Photo by Alex Tom

4. Coat a loaf pan (a shallower pan works too) with cooking spray. Pour batter into the pan and bake in preheated oven until golden-brown, about 26-30 minutes.

Photo by Alex Tom

Vanilla-Chocolate Bourbon “Milk Punch”

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 shot bourbon
½ cup milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sugar
Chocolate syrup to taste
Ice cubes

1. Put a few ice cubes in a short glass.
2. Add one shot of bourbon.
3. Add milk, vanilla extract, sugar and desired amount of chocolate syrup.

Photo by Alex Tom

Photo by Alex Tom

4. Stir until blended.

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