How to Plan a Coopers' Craft Bourbon Brunch

Have you ever had a bourbon bloody mary? PHLbloggers tried this spin on the classic brunch cocktail at our Blogger + Bourbon Brunch presented by Coopers’ Craft. This delicious version, The Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Bloody Belle, swaps vodka with bourbon, bringing another level of flavor to the bloody mary. Here we’ll show you how to plan the perfect Blogger + Bourbon Brunch inspired by Coopers’ Craft, Westin Philadelphia, Lucky Dog Studio and PUNCH Media.

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Step 1: Master the Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Bloody Belle Recipe

Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, National Brand Ambassador, Coopers’ Craft

National Brand Ambassador, Fitz Bailey, is taking a twist on the classic Vodka Bloody Mary cocktail with a special Bourbon Bloody “Belle” creation. This all-day sipper can be enjoyed during breakfast, lunch, dinner — or whenever you need that extra kick.

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Coopers’ Craft Bloody Belle

  • 2 oz. Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve

  • 6 oz Tomato Juice

  • Squeeze of lemon

  • Dash of Worcestershire

  • Salt/Pepper to taste

  • Dash of Favorite Hot Sauce

Add Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve, tomato juice, lemon, Worcestershire, salt/pepper & hot sauce into highball glass with ice. Stir, serve and garnish with an olive.

Tip: Make it interactive! Put together a Make Your Own Bloody Belle Bar with garnishes (shrimp, bacon, olives, pickles, carrots, hot sauce, celery, etc.) that your guests can pick and choose from.

Step 2: A Bourbon Based Spread

Entree: Chili Bourbon Glazed Salmon

  • Salmon, whole side or fillets, skin-on

  • 2 TBS grated fresh ginger

  • ½ cup sweet chili sauce, Mae Ploy Brand

  • ¼ cup Bourbon of choice

  • 3 TBS mixed black and white sesame seeds, toasted

  • 2 bunches of scallions, julienne

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

  2. Place salmon, skin side down on well sprayed sheet pan.

  3. Mix all ingredients, except sesame seeds and scallion and brush on flesh side of salmon

  4. Bake for approx. ½ hour (whole side) or 8-10 min for fillets

  5. 5 minutes before removing from oven, brush again with glaze.

  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallion

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Side: Kale Salad, Marcona Almonds, Bacon, Apple Bourbon Dressing

  • 3 large bunch Kale, washed thoroughly and chopped

  • 1/2 cup roasted Marcona Almonds

  • 4 slices bacon cooked and chopped

  • 1 cup Apple Bourbon Dressing (see recipe)

Apple Bourbon Dressing

  • 3/4 cup apple cider Vinegar

  • 2 tsp. brown sugar

  • 1 TBS Bourbon

  • Salt and white pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  1. Mix kale, almonds and bacon in bowl

  2. Drizzle dressing on to taste

  3. Season with salt and pepper if needed

     *can be mixed up to ½ hour before eating

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Dessert: Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding

  • 2 baguettes small diced (can also use day-old donuts, croissants, brioche, etc.)

  • 1 QT heavy cream

  • 2 QT whole milk

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup bourbon

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, plus 2 TBS for topping

  • 3 whole eggs, cracked and whisked

  • 4 bananas diced (very ripe is best)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

  2. Mix cream, milk, vanilla, bourbon, sugar and eggs to make a custard

  3. Pour over bread and let soak at least an ½ hour

  4. Fold in bananas

  5. Spray baking pan well and add mixture

  6. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar on top

  7. Bake for approx. ½ hour to 45 min or until middle is just set

Step 3: Find the perfect location for your brunch + tablescape set up

Our Blogger + Bourbon Brunch was hosted at The Westin Philadelphia with brunch fare from the Westin Executive Chef. Mary Lochary. The beautiful and green tablescape was designed by Lucky Dog Studio!

Tip: Add a personal touch and add name cards to your tablescape.

Check out the photos below for some inspiration.

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Step 4: And last but not least, enjoy your brunch with amazing friends!

Tell us! What’s your favorite part of planning a brunch?

Sponsored by Cooper’s Craft, PUNCH Media, Westin Philadelphia and Lucky Dog Studio