My Wife’s Notes – See Ya Later Ranch Brut – New Year’s Day Bourbon French Toast

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New Year’s Day Bourbon French Toast

  • 1/2 loaf San Fransisco Sourdough bread
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Disaronno or other almond liquor
  • Knob Creek bourbon, or other bourbon
  • maple syrup
  • balsamic vinegar

Pre-warm the oven to 200 degrees F, and heat a non-stick fry pan to medium.  In a small pot on low heat, heat the maple syrup with a splash of bourbon and a few drops of balsamic vinegar (sounds weird, but trust me, it’s fantastic). Stir occasionally.

In a bowl, combine eggs, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, Disaronno and bourbon, whisking until fully mixed.  Slice the bread into 1/2 inch thick slices, and dip them in the mixture, allowing to soak into the bread.

Melt a bit of butter in the pan, and fry the egg-soaked bread for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place on a plate in the oven to keep warm, and repeat until all of the bread has been fried.  To serve, place several pieces on a plate, top with heated syrup and butter if desired, and serve with bacon.

Sparkling wine and OJ, eggs, bacon, coffee, French toast…Alana and I love any excuse to brunch, but there is no more appropriate time for brunch than on New Years Day.  Making food like French toast is simple, rich and just indulgent enough to make you feel good about starting off the New Year right.

New Years Bourbon French Toast

Mimosas are a brunch staple, and for that we need a sparkling wine.  There are a number of renowned Okanagan Bruts (Cipes from Summerhill and Stellar’s Jay from Sumac Ridge for example), but the See Ya Later Ranch Brut stands proud as the best the valley has to offer.  Delicious on its own or mixed with some fine orange juice.

See Ya Later Ranch Brut

My Notes:

The lively bubbles subside to reveal a pale yellow wine with a slight green tinge.  The nose is very delicate, with hints of yeast, apple and soft spice.  The first sip is crisp and tart, with more orchard fruits like green apple and pear throughout.  The lively acidity cleanses the palette, and finishes with bright melon and citrus flavors…flavors that pair exceptionally well with any orange juice added. 91 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“Mmm, it tastes sooooo good with my bacon! Pour me some more.”

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