Friday Night Cocktails & Nibbles

bourbon garlic shrimpIt’s Friday night, and that usually means Pizza at the McArdle’s.  However, we’ve been invited to a potluck Cocktail & Nibbles gathering tonight – how fun is that!

I thought it would be fun to bring a bottle of Evan Williams single barrel bourbon to share and ran across this shrimp recipe on Pinterest – it uses bourbon in the marinade making it the perfect pairing!

I’m making this particular nibble for three reasons:  1).  it’s easy & shrimp is always special, 2).  it has bourbon in the marinade adding depth to the cocktail pairing, 3).  it’s great hot or at room temperature making it the perfect nibble to bring to the pot luck gathering!

Bourbon, Garlic Shrimp
serves 2

6 jumbo shrimp, peeled & tails on
2 Tblsp extra virgin olive oil
1 oz bourbon
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 tsp fresh chopped ginger root
1/4 cup Maple Syrup 1 Tblsp fresh squeeze lemon juice
1 Tsp soy sauce
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped finely
pinch fresh ground black pepper

In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients for the marinade.  Add the jumbo shrimp and toss gently to cover the shrimp thoroughly.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat the virgin oil in a skillet to a medium high heat.  Add the shrimp and sauté for 5 minutes, turning to brown both sides.  Add some of the marinade to the shrimp to caramelize in the skillet.  When cooked, remove from skillet and place on individual white plates or large serving platter if increasing recipe to serve more people.

Spoon the rest of the marinade onto the shrimp, garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of rosemary.  Serve with a crusty baguette to enjoy all of the sweet garlic sauce.  If you’re not a bourbon drinker, a glass of Chardonnay would be a great pairing.  Enjoy!


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