The Best Bourbon Appetizers + More (2024)

by Kathleen Pope Posted: Apr 25, 2024

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Welcome to my collection of bourbon appetizers, desserts and drinks that all feature the quintessential taste of the Kentucky Derby — bourbon or whiskey! More than 24 delicious, bourbon inspired or infused recipes for your Derby Party!

I’ve collaborated with other fabulous and fun food bloggers to bring you this great round up of bourbon recipes for your Derby Party! I know you will enjoy them!

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If you enjoy recipes with bourbon in them, these are our favorites: Maple Whiskey Sour, Mint Julep, Bourbon Vanilla Caramel Sauce, Bourbon Vanilla Extract and Honey Bourbon Chicken!

Bourbon Appetizers

Delicious appetizers with one key ingredient in common, bourbon whiskey -- some of these appetizers even double as a meal!

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Bourbon BBQ Smoked Chicken Wings (Grill-ready too!)

Photo Credit:www.thechunkychef.com

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Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburgers

Photo Credit:www.thechunkychef.com

Make sliders out of these stunning and juicy bourbon bacon cheeseburgers! Your welcome!

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Puff Pastry Baked Brie with Fig Jam

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From our collaboration hostess! An easy, yet impressive appetizer! Made with a hint of bourbon, bacon and caramelized onion, it’s the perfect party appetizer. Serve with crackers, apples or pear slices.

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Maple Bourbon Candied Pecans

Ready in minutes for the oven, these addictive and delicious maple bourbon candied pecas are wonderful by themselves or used in salads and on other appetizers.

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Mint Julep Quinoa Salad

Photo Credit:www.theroguebrusselsprout.com

Not your usual mint julep recipe! This quinoa salad has the flavors of a classic mint julep for a healthy derby appetizer or side dish recipe.

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Spicy Honey Bourbon Wings

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Sweet with the heat and all with that Kentucky bourbon flavor that brings the South to your mouth! With no frying required, these chicken wings are definitely on the list for an easy crowd pleaser.

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Slow Cooker Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Meatballs

Photo Credit:midwestfoodieblog.com

These slow cooker whiskey meatballs take just 5 minutes to prepfor the perfect make-ahead derby appetizer. Everyone will be asking for seconds (and the recipe), so you’ll definitely want to make a double batch!

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Bourbon Brown Sugar Marinade

Photo Credit:seasonandthyme.com

This bourbon brown sugar marinade is simple, quick and easy. Great for steak, chicken or to make skewers with. Serve them as your main dish or appetizer!

Bourbon or Whiskey Drinks

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Sweet Tea Mint Julep

Photo Credit:burrataandbubbles.com

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Maple Whiskey Sour

Vibrant, simple and delicious! Make this maple whiskey sour with bourbon or whiskey for the Derby this year and be the talk of the party!

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Mint Julep | A Southern co*cktail

A classic Derby co*cktail, this mint Julep is easy and delish!

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Brown Sugar-Peach Mint Julep

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For a delicious twist on a classic bourbon co*cktail, you’ll love this brown sugar-peach mint julep. Made with a homemade dark brown sugar simple syrup and freshly muddled peaches, this summery mint julep is a perfect Kentucky Derby co*cktail!

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Mint Julep (classic Kentucky Derby co*cktail)

Photo Credit:www.thechunkychef.com

Perfect for Derby Day or any other warm day, this cool and refreshing mint julep recipe is made with crushed ice, an easy simple syrup, Kentucky bourbon and fresh mint.

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Blackberry-Lemon Mint Juleps

Photo Credit:stripedspatula.com

This ice cold Blackberry-Lemon Mint Julep recipe is a fragrant and refreshing twist on a classic. Perfect for sipping on a warmday or for watching the horse races!

Bourbon Desserts

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Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

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Make this easy, decadent bread pudding with bourbon sauce to keep the bourbon flowing!

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Easy Old-Fashioned Butter Pound Bundt Cake Recipe

Easy as 1-2-3, dump all the ingredients into your mixer, mix, bake and unmold this amazing Kentucky Butter Cake -- top it with our Salted Caramel Bourbon Sauce!

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Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract Recipe + Free Printable Labels

Granted this baby takes a little time, but make up a batch (or two) this year and tuck it away, by next year you will have the MOST AMAZING Bourbon Vanilla extract!

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Maple Bourbon Cupcakes with Bacon

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A seriously delicious combo!

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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cupcakes

Photo Credit:www.ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com

Mint julep cupcakes are the perfect dessert for the Kentucky Derby. Make the recipe using Kentucky Bourbon and crème de menthe liquor for a kick of flavor. The cupcakes taste just like the co*cktail!

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Mint Julep Bread Pudding has all the flavor of the classic co*cktail

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Mint Julep Bread Pudding has the ingredients we love in the classic co*cktail. There is bourbon in the custard base of the pudding. Mint simple syrup and bourbon add lots of flavor to the glaze that goes over it.

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No Bake Cheesecake Jars with Bourbon Candy Bacon

Photo Credit:grabthemangos.com

If you love cheesecake, bacon, bourbon, and of course horses, then you’ll love these no bake cheesecake jars with an amazing, salty, sweet, bourbon candy bacon on top.

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Salted Caramel Bourbon Vanilla Sauce

Rich, caramely and thick, this bourbon vanilla sauce will be a go-to for ice cream, cakes, bread pudding and more!

Fabulous Bourbon Appetizers + More

There you have it! Not an overwhelming list to choose from, just enough to get your creative juices flowing and help you make some amazing and simple food for Derby Day!

Don’t forget to PIN to your Favorite Bourbon or Derby Inspired Board!

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And don’t forget to visit all of my fabulous fellow bloggers who participated in this collaboration for more recipe inspiration!

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen.

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