Beer isn’t typically the first drink you reach for in the morning, but it adds fluffiness and a nutty hops aroma to the traditional pancake recipe. And you can still serve a short stack to kids; all the alcohol gets cooked out.
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Bloody Mary Butter 2 of 25
Blow away your adult guests at your next brunch with this tasty Bloody Mary butter. It’s a mix of the cocktail, tomatoes, herbs, and more and goes great on a baguette or with fresh cucumbers.
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5-Ingredient Guinness Quick Bread 3 of 25
The Irish stout Guinness may be too heavy to drink on a regular basis, but it makes a great addition as a side to corned beef and cabbage or another hearty meal (give the kids cornbread). And this recipe also works with your other favorite dark beers.
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Beer and Swiss Cheddar Fondue 4 of 25
Chock-full of sherry and lager-style beer, this fondue is perfect for your first football party — just make sure rowdy pigskin fans don’t knock it over during touchdown celebrations (and that it stays off the kids’ table).
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Beer Batter Zucchini Fries 5 of 25
Because some days, you just want something fried when the kids aren’t watching. While it’s a stretch to call this snack healthy, at least the beer batter is light and totally worth it. Plus, it’s made with zucchini, so it totally counts as a serving of veggies … right? Make beer batter zucchini fries »
Root Beer Baked Beans 6 of 25
What could be more timeless than baked beans at a barbecue? But if you think “timeless” means “tiresome,” liven up this side dish with some old-fashioned root beer.
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Cheese Fondue with Chipotle and Tequila 7 of 25
Infuse some southwestern flair to the typical fondue recipe with Monterey Jack cheese, chipotle pepper, and just a dash of tequila. An unforgettable appetizer for your next at-home date night.
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Dr. Pepper Pulled-Pork Sandwiches 8 of 25
If you’re having a dinner-related panic attack, it’s best to call the doctor — Dr. Pepper, that is. Pour this soda with some pulled pork into a slow cooker and you’ve got yourself a no-fuss meal.
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Beer Can Chicken 9 of 25
This dish is popular in the South and involves (you guessed it) placing chicken on a beer can and roasting it on the grill. The beer subtly flavors the chicken, leaving it juicy and moist. It can also be made with Coca-Cola for a kid-friendly appeal.
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Root Beer-Braised Ribs 10 of 25
Root beer is a kid-friendly flavor that somehow feels more grown-up than plain soda. Cook it with ribs for a hearty dinner everyone will love.
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Steak with Mushroom Tequila Sauce 11 of 25
While tequila may conjure up images of crazy nights in Cancun back in the good ol’ days, we like its grown-up makeover in this mushroom sauce, served over steak.
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Bacon and Beer Carbonara 12 of 25
Beer and bacon make less refined — yet equally tasty — substitutes for white wine and prosciutto in this down-home twist on spaghetti carbonara, a perfect dinner for two.
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Bloody Mary Grilled Steaks 13 of 25
It’s as if you were mixing up a Bloody Mary, accidentally spilled it over your steak, and left it sitting all night. And if that actually happened, well … your partner would probably think it genius.
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Whiskey Ice Cream 14 of 25
For grown-ups who never really grew up, whiskey brings an adult flavor to this kid favorite that you can enjoy once your own brood is in bed. Top it off with some caramelized corn flakes for another big-kid touch.
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Mai Tai Tiki Rum Cocktail Pops 15 of 25
These rum-spiked pops are great for an adult-friendly treat — and will give you a little taste of Jamaica even if you're stuck in your own backyard.
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Eggnog isn’t just a drink anymore; it’s a rich, creamy addition to any recipe — in this case, scones. Drop scones mean less mess in the kitchen, so you can enjoy this holiday-appropriate treat without spending all day at the stove.
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Black and Tan Cupcakes 19 of 25
A classic black and tan drink is made with a dark stout and pale ale. This recipe just uses Guinness in both the light frosting and dark cupcake, making the cake moist and dense, and the frosting buttery and smooth.
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Eggnog Pie 20 of 25
If you love pumpkin pie but are looking for something new to serve during the holidays, try this. The consistency is similar, but the pie brings a new flavor to the dessert table.
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Creamy Ricotta Pudding 21 of 25
Having trouble deciding between drinks and dessert? Make both! This creamy ricotta pudding has coffee liqueur mixed in, making it an elegant treat that whips up in just a minute. If serving to kids, swap the liqueur with almond extract instead.
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Rum Balls 22 of 25
Need a tasty treat to pass around at the office or your next party? These rum balls have a little Captain in them … and are just the right bite-sized snack around the holidays.
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Tiramisu 23 of 25
Perfect for coffee-lovers, this beloved Italian dessert uses Baileys and Kahlua liqueur to add that distinct, deep flavor.
Copycat Crumbs Margarita Cupcake 24 of 25
When you want a margarita, but it’s just a little too early for the real thing, this cupcake is a socially acceptable alternative. Don’t worry; there’s just a pinch of tequila in the frosting so you won’t get buzzed from this baked item.
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Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing 25 of 25
If you can’t stomach this heavy holiday drink, maybe you’ll be an eggnog convert once you try it in these cookies.
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