Over the thanksgiving holiday in the USA I was in a creative mood 

Instead of doing our families classic recipes i set out to create new traditions.   

In doing this set the constraint that the new recipes had to feature our flagship Dexter three wood bourbon.

Some were easy such as Dexter Bourbon cranberry sauce, gravy and and sweet potatoes.   Some were more adventurous like Dexter bourbon bananas foster and Dexter breakfast Strada using left over stuffing.

Being honest – I almost pulled the Dexter out of a couple recipes when my wife did a couple tastings.  However – honoring the constraint of it must use Dexter – I modified some and reworked others.   In the end all ended up in her words “excellent” 

The one recipe I spent the most time fiddling with was creating an outstanding 1800’s Wassail.  The drink was made famous by Charles Dickens in his book A Christmas Carol.   I’m thinking a lot about Dickens because of our Charles Dickens Holiday Cocktail Experience. 

Here’s the winning recipe

Charles Dickens – Holiday Wassail 


Heat 1 cup of dark maple syrup with two 4 inch stalks of rosemary

(Either saucepan for 20 minutes on low – or microwave for 4 minutes watching for bubbling over)


1 oz of rosemary syrup

3 oz of apple cider

2 oz of Paddle Wheel bourbon

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

Serve over ice with rosemary & cherry and/ or apple garnish or Hot

PUNCH BOWL for 6 to 8 servings

Mix together 1 cup of rosemary syrup

3 cups apple cider

2 cups Paddle Wheel bourbon

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Serve over ice with rosemary & cherry and/ or apple garnish or Hot