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Open Bar for Outlander on STARZ Episode 116

Open Bar for Outlander on STARZ Episode 116

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I’ll be honest. Between Wentworth and the five-week renovation my Outlander Kitchen is still undergoing, I couldn’t come up with a NEW recipe this week.

In fact, I’m tempted to compare living through a renovation to Wentworth, but we know where that’s bound to send me (at least in the minds of a few…)


Instead, we’ll drink (again)! For episode 116 – the toughest TV most of us will ever watch (certainly willingly) – OK is hosting an open bar. what’s your drink of choice?

A beer? Sure! I went out and picked up a few local favourites with a Scottish theme. There’s an Angry Scotch Ale, or an oatmeal stout, depending on your mood. The oatmeal stout is what I’ve got in my gorgeous Outlander ale glass, available at the Outlander Store.

Also local is my choice to stand in for Colum’s Rhenish. Mine is the stellar Blanc de Noir from Sea Star Vineyards right here on Pender Island. I could drink it everyday, just like Colum!

Next up, of course, is the single malt. This bottle of Cardhu is a new one for us, and that’s what I’ll personally drinking on the big night. Many of you will still have some Drambuie left from last week, which goes down very smoothly on it’s own.

Lavender FudgeAny good bar always serves at least a few snacks…and Outlander Kitchen is no exception. My nibble of choice this week is, I think, fitting: Black Jack Randall’s Lavender Fudge.

And with that, all there is left to say is Slàinte…and maybe Bottom’s Up.


  1. Anna Lapping
    May 26, 2015 at 6:20 am

    My drink of choice is a good Bourbon, like George Dickel or Maker’s Mark. Admittedly, not Outlanderish, but probably the ancestor to it is the whiskey that Jamie made at Fraser’s Ridge.

    • Theresa
      May 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

      yes! corn mash very quickly took over from a barley one once they reached the States!

  2. Nicole
    May 26, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Bwahahahahaha, bottom’s up…. very tarty 😉

  3. Robin
    May 26, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Lavender Fudge? Bottoms up? Your kitchen is in turmoil and you still leave us with a great post this week! Thanks Theresa- You always make me smile!

  4. Lee Ann H
    May 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I have been drinking my Cherry Bounce (made with vanilla vodka) with club soda and a squeeze of lime. I prefer it mixed with soda rather than straight up. It is a very pretty cocktail, too.

  5. Nancy McGehee Guillory
    May 26, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Since you have the Drambuie, I’d add a good blended scotch like Monkey Shoulder, for either mixing or single sipping. I’m an Islay single malt fan, so I’ll be sipping either a Bowmore 15yr, or Ardbeg Uigeadail, which I like to pair with sweets like the lavender fudge. I like the contrast of flavors between the smoke, peat, and dark chocolate.

  6. BostonApril
    May 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Though I’ve not made it myself, I have been fortunate to taste your Lavender Fudge as Karen Boilard made some for the members of Outlandish Boston last year as a favor. It is delicious! I might have to make some myself! Thanks for reminding us of the recipe! 🙂

    I hope your kitchen rennovations are sorted soon!

    Cheers, Theresa!

    April Steele

    • Josie Osterman
      May 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Wait, wait! Outlandish Boston? How do I get more information? I am from the area and have been a fan for many, many years – and I recently introduced a friend/coworker and she is addicted! Where can I go for more detail?

    • S.A. Young
      May 28, 2015 at 5:56 am

      *waves madly* Hi Josie and April, I’m in Boston as well!

  7. Jean Foster
    May 26, 2015 at 10:05 am

    All great choices! You will like the Cardhu it’s smooth. I’ve not made the fudge yet, but will this week. I’m guessing it gets better as it ages a bit.

    I love your new kitchen! The red cabinets are beautiful. I hope you enjoy it once it’s complete. I’ll be looking for some new recipes to help me through to Season Two!

    Jean Foster

  8. Michelle
    May 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

    My favorite scotch is Dalmore 12 year. But I enjoy most of the Highland single malt scotch. The Balvenie double barrel is good, as is Oban 18 or even the Glenfidditch. What should I look for if I wanted to get something close to a rhenish? I think that might be heavenly with dark chocolate.

  9. Monique Huurman
    May 26, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I know Pender Island, I’m in the Fraser Valley 🙂 my drink of choice is Australia’s Black Label red wine and I will have a bottle breathing and ready for 116. Cheers

  10. Sandie Russo
    May 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Oatmeal Stout sounds amazing! I’ll have to have my hubby get us some to try. 🙂 Thanks for all the fabulous recipes, Theresa!! <3

  11. Jan Anderson
    May 26, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!! Bottoms up!! Your’re a riot! Oh poor old Jamie! This is going to be a tough one to watch. It would be so much easier if they weren’t such great actors. Last week’s back licking scene and Jamie’s tear were gut wrenching. Alas….we’ll all bear witness on Saturday.

    Your kitchen looks amazing! 🙂 It looks like you’ll be done and enjoying the fruits of your labor very soon.

    Last week the viewing party lassies took over the food prep for the evening and each made something different from your recipe library. It was all SO yummy! We had a number of dishes and drinks that were all delicious (thanks as always for that) and I was able to just sit back and enjoy them along with the show. What a blast, what an inspiration you are and what a great bunch of lassies!

    This week……heavy drinking is in order! haha So cheers! Slainte! and of course…..bottoms up! 😉

  12. Sherri G.
    May 26, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Hahahaha . . .bottoms up! Lol!

    Great post! Scotch and chocolate go beautifully together.

  13. Julie T
    May 26, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Theresa, do you have a kick butt recipe for chocolate fudge…maybe made with whisky? Somehow chocolate seems to comfort those who are stricken and looks like “To Ransom A Man’s Soul” may involve large portions of chocolate and whisky!

    • Theresa
      May 26, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      I linked to a fudge recipe at the bottom of this post. See the picture? See the link? Voila!

  14. Molly
    May 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Ack! This is no time to be out of lavender in my pantry. 🙁 There is plenty in my yard blooming but I can’t remember which is French and which is English. Maybe I’ll throw caution to the wind and just sprinkle it atop.

    • Anna Lapping
      May 26, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Molly, how bad can it be??? If someone served me fudge and Scotch whisky, it would be verra well pleased.

  15. Mardi P
    May 27, 2015 at 12:29 am

    may have a problem, this weekend I found that I rather like whiskey – was given some Jameson’s and dry ginger ale… had always disliked whiskey till now. So my choices will be between Athol Brose and whisky, what a hard life..! 🙂

  16. Robin Gilbert
    May 27, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Maybe……….this week we should NOT say “bottoms up”!

    • Theresa
      May 27, 2015 at 7:37 am

      This is precisely the week to say it.

  17. Tisha
    May 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I have discovered Atholl Brose and can’t get enough of it. Love the whisky laced with honey and herbs. Definitely my beverage of choice this week!

  18. Jenn
    May 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Auchentoshan 12 (my favorite) for me this week. Will absolutely be trying the fudge.

  19. Sheralee
    May 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    a snifter of good ole drambuie!!!! scottish whisky fit for those who love the sweet tones.

  20. ms.yoshimi!
    May 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Theresa, love the new pic – thanks for kitchen renovation update! I vote for oatmeal stout!

  21. Mochele
    May 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Pretty sure I’m going to need one of each for this Saturday night.

  22. Pat Sabiston
    May 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Did you know that often the distillers would name their scotch for veterinary supplies? That way, they didn’t have to pay taxes on the extraordinary beverage. With that in mind, I’ve tasted such divine flavors like: Sheep Dip. Whatever it takes, right?

  23. Moira
    May 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    You have to include Dalmore single malt in your open bar. The label reads: “The Dalmore’s heritage dates back to 1263, when an ancestor of the Clan MacKenzie, owner of the Dalmore distillery for over a century, saved King Alexander the Third from the fury of a charging stag. In recognition of this noble act, the grateful king granted the Clan MacKenzie the right top use a 12-point stag, representing a ‘Royal’ in their coat of arms. Thus striking icon has since adorned each bottle of The Dalmore, symbolizing the Dalmore distillery’s regal legacy.”

    • Theresa
      May 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Yes, I’ve featured Dalmore here before. We like to rotate our selection so we’re always trying new ones!

  24. Catherine Johnson
    May 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I don’t want to commit blasphemy or anything, but after a near lifetime of drinking scotch whisky (which I LOVED), I’ve kinda switched to the Irish Whiskey. It goes through the barrels three times instead of two. It is generally smoother and a little lighter. Jameson’s and Paddy’s and 2 Gingers are lovely and a nice security blanket for the finale.

  25. Lisa
    May 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    SMSW…w/dark sea salt chocolate, nuts & dried cherries

  26. Cindy
    May 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I ended up making some Atholl Brose because of Outlander.
    It’s basically Oatmilk liquor.

    • Theresa
      May 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Yes, we made Atholl Brose in the first half of the season!

  27. Jan
    May 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    My absolute favorite is single malt Macalum, just enough smoke and smooth-oh my it’s so good. Then there is Laphroig,, which is more like chemotherapy! My, my , it’ s strong!
    And a great plate of Fish and Chips, and I am in heaven!
    Or the salmon served at the restaurant in Beauly, the Lovat Arms, almost a relious experience .

  28. Shawn Bird
    May 28, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Oh dear. Whatever are those of who don’t drink going to do?
    Especially since I’m supposed to be no-carb and so that fudge is out, too.
    (At least if DH joins me to watch, which he always does).
    Maybe some beef in honour of the Rescue Kine?
    Your renos look very exciting! I look forward to seeing the finished product at the start of season 2!

  29. Maureen Bruneau
    May 28, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Any wines you could suggest?I am not. Beer/ale/stout drinker.

    • Theresa
      May 28, 2015 at 6:03 am

      I’m not much of a wine drinker, I’m afraid! lol maybe ask at your local wine shop?

  30. Dianne Creel
    May 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you very much for names of whiskey that are Scottish. Been searching and asking and now have found some names. Here in Alabama we mostly drink Jack Daniels

    • Theresa
      May 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Scottish whisky doesn’t have an “e”. That’s one way to tell from the label. 😉

  31. Peigi
    May 28, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Appreciating scotch whisky was one of the few things that I learned in college (!) I’ve always liked it straight,
    but some say that you need to add water to bloom it. Any opinions out there?

    • S. A. Young
      May 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Personally, Peigi, I like a large ice cube (usually made just for the occasion).

      Theresa, made your Atholl Brose for “The Gathering” and for “Lallybroch”. Love it!

  32. Janet Sutherland
    May 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I’ll be drinking Tomatin from the distillery just about 18 miles down the road. I might make some Cranachan (whisky, whipped cream, toasted pinhead oatmeal, honey and raspberries) for desssert too. Yum!!

  33. Anna Lapping
    May 28, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Diane Creel, I’m a bourbon drinker as well. jack is fine, but George Dickel is better, and about the same price point. You should be able to find it. It’s hard to find outside the South.

  34. Hakulani Naone
    May 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    For this last episode I’m gathering some Courage. It’s a light ale. It’s an English beer with some Scottish history. Hope this adds to the mix..

    • Anna Lapping
      May 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Just finished watching. We had several glasses of bourbon with ginger cookies (biscuits) and coffee. We watched it twice in a row so we needed that. Alan kept saying “Oh, he has to die”. re BJR of course.

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