December, 2020

I’ve been pretty quite these last few years, so, the only resolution I’m planning to make for this year is to be more present, more vocal, & more creative in 2021. So, hopefully, I’ll be here a little more, too.

For now, here’s a little treat for you to start your holidays & wrap up this gut-punch year–& support a small business!

Amorino-Bourbon Balls
Tools & Gadgets: Food processor (or a rolling pin, plastic bag, & strong arms)
This is basically the Mezzo e Mezzo Letterpress cocktail in a fudgy ball form.

1 box Vanilla Wafers (or you could get REALLY ambitious & make your own*—maybe next year)
1 1/4 C Pecans, toasted (toasting is optional but highly recommended)
1/4 C Dutch-processed, unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 C Powdered sugar
1 Tbsp Light corn syrup, honey, or Lyle’s golden syrup
3.5 oz Amaro Amorino
3.5 oz Bourbon
2 dashes Orange bitters
For rolling: Demerara sugar, unrefined sugar, finely chopped pecans, candy sprinkles–or a combination of any of them. I don’t recommend cocoa or powdered sugar because either will make these very slimy & too sweet.

  1. Put the first four ingredients (wafers, nuts, cocoa, sugar) in a food processor. Process until finely ground. You might need to stop & scrape the bowl once or twice.
  2. Add the corn syrup, Amorino, bourbon, & bitters to the food processor. Process until smooth & thick.
  3. Transfer to a medium bowl & let sit overnight, covered.
  4. Roll into balls—I use a small melon baller but a tablespoon would work.
  5. After all of the mixture is rolled into balls, roll each one in the coating of your choice.
  6. Share & enjoy…store at room temperature uncovered to get a little crusty coating or covered to keep the moist. You can also freeze them.

* Stella Parks has a recipe for homemade vanilla wafers in her book, Bravetart. I haven’t made them yet but I’ve made quite a few things from her book & all have been delicious. I imagine these will be, too.
* Amaro Amorino can be purchased from Letterpress Distilling.
* I used Evan Williams bourbon & it worked great. If you decide to use all Amorino, you might need to decrease the sugar to keep them from getting too sweet.

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