A party nut mix is such an easy way to offer a protein-based snack to your guests that they will love and keep coming back for more. This particular addictive mixture is bathed in a bourbon-spiced glaze, for an extra powerful kick of flavor.

This is an excellent snack to keep around, it will last for at least a month in an airtight container. I included this recipe in my party theme Alcohol Infusion, which features a bunch of recipes with some booze as one of the ingredients. The party theme calls for a tasting of rare spirits, and these nuts would make a great item to have on the table for grabbing and munching.

MAKES A LARGE MASON JAR-FUL

PREHEAT OVEN 325°F …BLANCH NUTS

1 1/2 LB almonds, pistachios, cashews

1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
1 TB peanut oil

Place the nuts in a large bowl and pour boiling water over the nuts to cover. Blanch for one minute and drain well in a large strainer.

Place the hot nuts in a large mixing bowl and combine with the sugar, bourbon and oil. Mix well and let rest for 10 min. Pour the nuts in a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 40 min, turning every 10 min, until the nuts are uniformly brown and crispy. Remove from oven.

spice up the nuts

1/2 tsp each: salt, ground ginger, chili powder
1/4 tsp each: ground black pepper, ground coriander
1 1/4 tsp ground cumin

roasted nuts
2 TB San-J Organic Tamari
1 lime, juiced
1 TB bourbon

While the nuts are still warm, get a bowl and mix the spices together.

Toss nuts into bowl with rest of ingredients. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet to cool. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.

I like the idea of sending guests home with a little treat. So make an extra batch of these nuts, hit your local thrift shop for some interesting dollar finds, and wrap the nuts to go. Let guests choose their favorite thrift-shop vessel.

See more intoxicating recipes for alcohol-infused nibbles in 09 Alcohol Infusion