Month: December 2022

St. Malachi Rum Cake

As amazing as the holiday season can be, there is also a bit of stress involved. I know in my home we hold on tight to the traditions we had as children, sometimes those traditions could use a bit of an update….. That’s where we come in. Spring House has perfected a way to update your Grandma’s rum cake recipe with our St. Malachi Rum. We’ve simplified it to make everything as painless as possible, while still packed with flavor and of course rum!

St. Malachi Rum Cake:

Ingredients:

FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 box any brand yellow cake mix
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup St. Malachi Rum
  • sprinkle brown sugar
FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup St. Malachi Rum

 

Let’s Bake:

FOR THE CAKE:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar across the bottom of your pan.
  3. Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter into pan over top of your brown sugar. Smooth the top so batter is even. Bake for 1 hour

 

FOR THE GLAZE:
  1. When the cake has about 10 minutes left in the oven, it’s time to make the glaze. Melt butter in a saucepan, then stir in water and sugar. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, then pour in St. Malachi Rum. Stir until blended and reheat for 30 seconds.
  2. Remove cake from oven.
  3. Drizzle 1/3 of the glaze on the bottom (top) of the cake. Allow drizzle to sit for five minutes.
  4. Flip the cake over onto a cake dish. With a toothpick prick the surface of the cake to make small holes throughout the top.Gently drizzle the rest of your St. Malachi Rum glaze all over the top of the cake.  Let cool and enjoy!

 

Peppermint infused vodka!

Hey there!

This rainy weather has me feeling pretty blah, so I decided to grab my bottle of 17 Hands and have some fun. I ran to the Christmas tree and snagged one of the candy canes and a peppermint infused vodka came to life! This martini is so simple and packs such a festive flavor it is an absolute must!

I really like peppermint so I made sure to pack some peppermint punch into my martini by letting it soak awhile, but the beautiful thing about this infusion is how easily you can tailor it to fit your taste! Pour some of that 17 Hands vodka into your chilled martini glass and drop in a piece of the candy cane. Let it soak (or be impatient like I was and stir that baby) until the pink starts to shine through. My martini was a deep pink by the time I loved the flavor, but even before that it had a gentle peppermint notes.

This is a total winner for holiday parties, and it’s so simple you can make it and forget about it while you do all the other party prep.

Enjoy this festive fun martini, and as always drink responsibly.

Whiskey vs. Whisky

This age old debate is about to be put to rest.

 

You may have noticed that this spirit has two different spellings. Some whisk(e)ys are spelled with that extra letter while others are not…… are you ready to learn the reason why?!

There is a difference between the two. No, not just in spelling but in where they are made. American and Irish distillers will typically spell whiskey with the e while Canada, Scottland, and Japan do not. It has been this way for so long that many believe that it goes all the way back to when the Irish first began making whiskey. They wanted a way to differentiate themselves and added the e, it has since stuck.

There is also a difference in their distillation proess, which may be surprising to hear until you learn what that difference does to the product. Whisky is typically distilled twice, while whiskey is typically distilled three times. The triple distillation is what give that beautiful smoothness. The type of barley that is used differs as well.  whiskey tends to be made from unmalted barley and other grains while whisky usually is made with malted barley and other grains. This difference creates quite a large difference in flavor profiles.

We’ve discussed the basics. How do you remember which is which when you are out and want to try something new? That’s easy…..

The simple rule of thumb is that if there is an “e” in the country there is an “e” in whisk(e)y.

 

Remember to drink all whisk(e)y responsibly, and if you can drink local!

 

10 reasons why bourbon is a healthy choice!

Many people are surprised when I tell them there are health benefits to drinking bourbon. As if we needed another reason to drink bourbon, haha but since it’s bourbon season let’s take a look at how it can actually have some health benefits for you!

 

  1. WEIGHT LOSS- yup, you read that right. If you are gonna pour yourself a drink it might as well be bourbon! With the low sugar content, total lack of carbs, and low calorie count it is surprisingly one of the best ways to enjoy alcohol if you dont want to pack on the lbs.
  2. HELPS BLOOD SUGAR- A study done at Harvard found that because of the aging proccess of bourbon in wooden barrels, it produces ellagic acid which helps to regulate your insulin levels and the levels of glucose your liver releases.
  3. DEMENTIA- A study done in 2003 from the Nation Insitute of Health reported that adults that consumed 1-6 glasses of whiskey a week showed a lower risk of dementia.
  4. HEART DISEASE- There are many studies that show that drinking whiskey can significantly lower the risk of heart disease.
  5. CURE FOR COLDS- Bourbon dilates the blood vessels acting as a great decongestant, while the rest of the ingredients help alleviate cold symptoms.
  6. CANCER- In  the same way that bourbon helps to regulate blood sugar ithelps to prevent cancer. In fact it has a higher rate of helping to prevent cancer than wine!
  7. HANGOVERS- Although we want everyone to drink responsibly it has been proven that people who over indulge in bourbon tend to recover from a hangover more quickly.
  8. REDUCES STRESS-Bourbon has been proven to calm down nerves slowing down activity, thus reducing stress.
  9. HELPS CHOLESTEROL- Bourbon contains high levels of polyphenols. Which have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol.
  10. AIDS IN DIGESTION- Bourbon is an appetite suppressant due to the high alcohol content, however it also helps in digestion post meal and aids to prevent indegestion.

So this bourbon season enjoy a nice glass of Doc Windle on the rocks… Healthy choices just became a lot more fun!

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