Cookies & Milk features Bourbon Cookie

The Babes had a blast collaborating with the local delivery services, Cookies & Milk. This late night cookie delivery service provides delicious home-made cookies for the Greater Sacramento Area at a less than 45 minute delivery turn-around time. When it is late and you don’t have the supplies or effort to make cookies of your own, these are the guys to call up! They are open:

Hours: Thursday 7 PM-12:30 AM, Fri-Sat 7 PM-1 AM, & Sunday 6 PM-12 AM

The Bourbon Babes thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with the Founders of Cookies & Milk, Nick and Will. We started our collaboration, with a cheers of Lexington Bourbon, and sharing recent bourbon experiences and exciting things that each of us are stoked for (just like our regular Bourbon Babe meetings!).

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We then got into our bake-off, with two teams, competing to make the best cookie! The winning cookie is the featured cookie for this next weekend (starting Thursday, May 5). So the battle was one. The two teams, Team Awesome & Team Awesomer, had a blast with different bourbon products, pouring bourbon into the cookie dough, preparing a bourbon reduction with cinnamon and sugar, and using Whistle Pig barrel-aged maple syrup.

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TEAM AWESOMER …. and TEAM AWESOME with cookies ready for the oven!

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Celebratory bourbon and cookie pictures from our fun afternoon of cookie baking!

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The winning cookie was the ‘Bourbon for Breakfast’ Cookie –  this oatmeal, salted-caramel bourbon cookie is mouth-watering good! Enjoy friends!

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Babes in The Bee

Sacramento Bee Bourbon Babes article

We chatted all things Bourbon Babes with The Sacramento Bee, and the Q&A was featured in this past weekend’s “Feast” section. You can read the article in its entirety here.

Bourbon & Friendship

Often times, I think of my life as a continuous pattern of repeated steps.

The alarm goes off.

My feet touch the cool, wood floor.

I slip on my slacks and blouse.

The bitter coffee brews.

I pedal to work.

And so the day begins…again.

But when I stop and think about the bigger scheme of things, every choice I make has the potential to be a repeated pattern:

Do I buy the same lunch meat as last week?

Do I take the same route to the dentist or the hair salon?

Do I watch the same TV shows?

Do I run the same path I traversed yesterday?

Do I date the same type of guy, who says the same things, and ends up leaving me for the same reasons? (Because we know how well that always works out.)

What makes decision-making easy is allowing ourselves to continue to choose the same options, to make the same choices, and to live repeatable and patterned lives. When decision-making is hard, however, we are challenged. We are challenged to choose differently from our otherwise constant pattern. The reality of the matter is that with every choice comes an opportunity.

You may be wondering: Who is this gal, rambling on about patterns, choices, and opportunity? Well, I am a normal 20-something who was given an opportunity at friendship. And, if it weren’t for an old friend of mine who reached out to me after several years apart, and who chose to invite me to a “Bourbon Babes Meeting” over six months ago, I would not be where I am today. And for that, I am forever thankful.

Bourbon Tasting

Now, you might be wondering: I really just want to know more about the Bourbon Babes! Well, the Bourbon Babes are a group of seven lady friends, who get together once a month to taste a new bourbon. The Babes came to be when a few of the ladies discovered their mutual love of bourbon and desire to branch out their palates.

Each meeting is started with a cheers and a ring-around the circle, where every Babe shares what they are most excited about that month, as well as any “bourbon experiences” they’ve had since the last meeting. Then, the tasting experience begins and the bourbon selection of the month is paired with different treats and documented with tasting notes.

Eats and Drinks

Although the bourbon part was enticing enough on its own, the best part about coming to my first Bourbon Babes Meeting was the opportunity for me to get to know the Babes. While I had met and hung out with these ladies before, I was now given the opportunity to share my life and experiences with these women, who have since become my really great gal pals.

Our friendship is deeper than bourbon. Scratch that. Rather, bourbon is at the heart of our friendship. The delicious corn mash may have brought us all together but I think we all share one big thing in common: We are all opportunists. We each, individually, look for opportunities in our lives. Where the artistic, fashionable, quirky, fun-loving, vintage, earthy, and humorous perspectives often times challenge the daily status quo, we choose to put on the gloves and accept challenges as opportunities. My fellow Babes have taught me that friendships should be invigorating; friendships should ground you in reflecting on your patterned life, just as much as they inspire you to take the opportunity, to choose differently, and to live every day fully.

The Bourbon Babes friendship consists of many wonderful things, and here are a few:

Coffee (and bourbon), nature and the outdoors (with bourbon), and (bourbon) ice cream.

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We also all really love our Cat Babes: Toby, Marcel, Tank, and Jake, the pug-cat.

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Lastly, our friendship is pure and honest. We share quality, fun times with our fellow Babes.

Christmas Bourbon Orange Party Pinatas

The big takeaway? What is it all worth if you don’t have awesome friendships to inspire you to live fully? Life may always present itself as a continuous pattern of repeated choices, but you can challenge yourself to look for opportunities. Be a fellow babe to your friends. And most importantly, drink bourbon.

Cheers –

The Bourbon Babes

Babes

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