7th April 2009

7 Guidelines and Benefits of Cooking with Alcohol

Instead of giving you a recipe for something delicious this week, and “giving you the fish”, I’m going to teach you how to “catch the fish”…

…Meaning, I want to teach you how to use alcohol for yourself in cooking without a recipe per se.

Beer Mugs - Set of 4 by ForumBeer, wine and other liquors aren’t just for drinking anymore in your kitchen!!!

1. Alcohol enhances and carries flavor in your cooking. Flavors will be brought out more and the dish will be more rich and layered in flavor.

In fact, when cooking with alcohol, the dish will certainly taste even better the next day or if you allow a soup or stew to simmer for 1-2 hours more.

2.  Most often when cooking with alcohol, you are going to allow the dish to simmer or continue to cook to the point that the alcohol dissipates. In other words, the alcohol will evaporate, leaving behind the flavor it added.

Of course, when adding Bailey’s Irish Cream to a coffee after dinner, the alcohol will still remain. Or if you’ve marinated olives, they will still carry that alcohol with them…

…But if you’re deglazing your sautée pan with red wine when creating sautéed mushrooms, the alcohol will surely evaporate and the liquid reduce.

coconutpalm.jpg3.  When making a certain ethnic food from a particular geographic area, try to use alcohol, whether it be a wine, beer or liquor, that is from that region or associated with an ethnic food.

In other words, when cooking Asian food, use saké. When making a rich German dish, use a great German beer. When making French food, use a good Burgundy wine. When creating a Caribbean masterpiece, use Rum or even Malibu Rum. A great stroganoff calls for a crisp Russian Vodka. I love Mezcal or Tequila in my Chili Recipes!

4. If you’re using a certain ingredient that is associated with an alcohol, use it to enhance flavor. For instance, if you’re using black currants in a fruit stew, you could use creme de cassis to enhance flavor. If you have apricots, use apricot brandy.

pinacolada.jpg5. Of course, when serving your food, feel free to serve the alcohol you’ve used when creating your dish. The same wine you used to deglaze your pan can be served during dinner. The ice wine you sprinkled over fresh berries can be served for dessert.

Try a piña colada with your mango salad.

6. No, the kids are going to get drunk when eating with you, if you’ve evaporated, baked or cooked the alcohol off. So, you don’t have to worry about adding it or having to make another meal for them.

However, if you’re drizzling a pound cake with alcohol before you put icing on it or don’t cook it off…those kids will likely get a buzz – avoid this!!!

7. The possibilities are endless. Be fearless – be creative. Experiment with different alcohols and enjoy the enhanced flavors they’ll create!


I hope you enjoyed this Useful Info for Recipes with Alcohol on SizzUp! Until next time…

Eat Deliciously,

Kimberly Edwards 🙂

* Kimberly Edwards is the founder of Cooking With Kimberly – Decadent Cooking from Home – Find out How to Cook, Great Products and Helpful Tips & Information that will help you Explore the Joy of Cooking!

Discover more Amazing Alcohol Recipes and Check out Kimberly’s Cooking Secrets at: http://CookingWithKimberly.com

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  1. 1 On December 15th, 2009, free cool online games said:

    mmm… bookmarked 😉

  2. 2 On June 22nd, 2010, Galen Buntz said:

    Beer was my drink, but I’m on the alcohol free now!

  3. 3 On September 21st, 2010, baby parenting tips said:

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  4. 4 On December 9th, 2010, Cherlyn Clakley said:

    Hi there, thanks for that. I was looking for a filling stew recipe to get me through the winter time, and this seems perfect. I found a whole stew recipe site here too that seems to have loads of good ideas, maybe your readers can get some more inspiration there. Anyway, thanks again, I will bookmark and read more another time 😉

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