Officially Kentucky lists its state drink as milk.
Seriously....who ever heard the like? I have no doubt that the powers that be wanted to eschew the premise that our state is known for bourbon, horse racing, and tobacco. But, some things just are what they are and we should enjoy them as such. So, let's talk a little traditional Christmas candy, shall we?
Bourbon Balls are a tradition around here and since my children's great aunt is getting to where she can't manage the makings of them anymore, I decided I would take on the task.
Let's get started.
First, you will need to remove the Christmas sweater from your bottle of bourbon. If you happen to be an ambassador of Maker's Mark then you receive a sweet little Christmas gift each year. This year it happened to be clothing for their famous bottle.
Next, you will need to pour five tablespoons of bourbon over one cup of nuts. I have used walnuts in this case. Give them a little stir to distribute the liquid and then let them sit overnight.
Happy nuts for sure.
Cream together 1/2 cup of softened butter with 16 ounces of powdered sugar. Fold in the happy nuts and roll into balls. I used a teaspoon full of mixture for each ball. Refrigerate overnight, or if you are like me, about six hours. I was ready to get the show on the road.
Dip the chilled candy into melted chocolate. I used candy chocolate coating and allowed them to firm while resting on a marble surface covered in parchment.
It is important to taste test at least four for consistency of quality.
Yet another great Kentucky tradition.