tumblr_mfjm917Udb1s1ocnwo1_500Who doesn’t love a quality breakfast? After all, it is the most important meal of the day. Pancakes, cereal, bacon, eggs – what other combination of food better fortifies the walls of heaven? We say just one lovely breakfast luxury can overpower all of that deliciousness – waffles, in every form. With vanilla ice cream, fried chicken, as a sandwich, waffles go with just about anything. And with today being Waffle Day, this morning is a moment where you should definitely not miss out on such a satisfying spread. Not hungry? You can always wake up to waffles as a cocktail concoction instead:

Bourbon Brunch: (serves 1) 

  • 14 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
  • 4 mL pure maple syrup
  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • 1 oz. ginger beer
  • candied bacon (optional garnish)
  • mini Eggo waffle (optional garnish)

Stir all ingredients together in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with thick cut candied bacon. (Cook bacon on rack at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Rub with cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and maple syrup and bake for another 5-10 minutes in oven). Slit mini Eggo waffle and toast until golden brown. Place on side of glass. Serve. 

Recipe from classygirlswearpearls

Waffle Jelly Shots: (12 shots)

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, strained 
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice 
  • 1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup (just because its more flavorful – use what you have on hand!)
  • 2 envelopes plain Knox gelatin
  • 1 cup cake flavored vodka (or vanilla vodka with 2 tsp amaretto)

Spray cooking oil in the molds and then wipe clean with a paper towel. This leaves a slight film to aid in removal without affecting the appearance or taste of your jelly shots. Pour juices and syrup into a medium saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (5 minutes). Remove from heat, and stir in the vodka. Fill molds with the mixture, and refrigerate for until firm, several hours or overnight. Remove from molds and serve.

Recipe from jelly-shot-test-kitchen

Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup: (just over 2 cups)

  • 4 cups organic fresh pressed apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp. fine-quality bourbon
  • 1 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Bring apple cider to a full boil over high heat in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer, uncovered and swirling the pan frequently, until the cider reduces to 1 cup, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon, maple syrup and salt. Cool until warm and transfer to syrup dispenser or small pitcher. Serve warm or cool completely before serving.

Recipe from wickedgoodkitchen