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Pull Apart Cheese Bread with Maple “Whiskey” Smash

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Pull apart cheese bread

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

45 minutes

Yield

6

This post has 2 recipes in 1. First we have the delicious cheese bread, and it's paired with a non-alcoholic whiskey smash.

Oh baby! This recipe for a delicious, gooey cheese bread combined with a mocktail recipe that compliments the bread and the holiday season so well, is exactly what you need in your life right now. These recipes are perfect for hosting and are crowd-pleasers.

Hand pulling apart cheese bread with cocktail in the back

Why you’ll love this cheese bread:

  • Gooey: The warm cheese that you pull apart in this cheese bread is so satisfying and delicious
  • Great for Hosting: If you’re hosting a get-together this holiday season, this cheese bread makes for a great app or side
  • Non-Alcoholic: This mocktail recipe has the flavors of a real cocktail without alcohol. You’ll wake up without the headache in the morning but still have the fun cocktail in hand at night
Whiskey smash cocktail

Ingredient Notes:

Cheese: I used a combo of mozzarella and cheddar for this recipe but you can use any cheese here as long as it’s a cheese that’ll melt.

Whiskey Alternative: For this mocktail I created, I used a whiskey alternative from Ritual Zero Proof. This whiskey has the oakiness, smoky, and caramel flavors you love in a whiskey but without the alcohol or calories. This is a great alternative to making classics like old-fashioned, whiskey sours or smashes like the below recipe.

How to make cheese bread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Cut the bread in a 1 inch grid pattern and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl mix together the softened butter, shredded cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, ground pepper and mayonnaise until combined.
  3. Using a spoon or small spatula, insert the mayo-cheese mixture into the cracks of the bread.
  4. Cover the entire loaf with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Garnish with fresh rosemary & oregano and pinches of coarse salt and chili flakes.
  5. Enjoy immediately!
Pull apart cheese bread

How to make a whiskey mocktail:

To a cocktail glass add an orange slice and the maple syrup. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to muddle for 15-30 seconds to release the juices from the orange. Add in crushed ice, lemon juice, and Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative and stir to combine. Garnish with orange peel, fresh rosemary, and garnish.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

Want to substitute for a different type of cheese? Think of using other melty cheeses like provolone, gruyere, fontina, or other favorite cheddar cheeses.

Another mocktail recipe: Try another one of our amazing cocktail recipes with this too like our Fig & Ginger Cocktail, made with Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative.

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Pull Apart Cheese Bread with Maple Whiskey Smash

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This post has 2 recipes in 1. First we have the delicious cheese bread, and it's paired with a non-alcoholic whiskey smash.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizers, Drinks
Cuisine American-Inspired
Servings 6
Calories 377 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the pull apart cheese bread

  • 1 loaf french bread or other crusty rustic bread
  • 3/4 stick softened salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • big pinch ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • for garnish: fresh rosemary & oregano, coarse salt & chili flakes

For the maple whiskey smash

  • 1 slice orange
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative
  • garnish with orange peel, rosemary sprig & cinnamon stick

Instructions
 

For the pull apart cheese bread

  • Preheat the oven to 375F. Cut the bread in a 1 inch grid pattern and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • In a bowl mix togtether the softened butter, both shredded cheeses, garlic powder, onion powder, ground pepper and mayonnaise until combined.
  • Using a spoon or small spatula, insert the mayo-cheese mixture into the cracks of the bread.
  • Cover the entire loaf with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Garnish with fresh rosemary & oregano and pinches of coarse salt and chili flakes.
  • Enjoy immediately!

For the maple whiskey smash

  • To a cocktail glass add an orange slice and the maple syrup. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to muddle for 15-30 seconds to release the juices from the organe. Add in crushed ice, lemon juice and Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative and stir to combine. Garnish with orange peel, fresh rosemary and garnish.

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Notes

Want to substitute for a different type of cheese? Think of using other melty cheeses like provolone, gruyere, fontina or other favourite cheddar cheeses.
Try another one of our amazing cocktail recipes with this too like our Fig & Ginger Cocktail, made with Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17.5g | Fat: 31.7g | Saturated Fat: 14.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8.1g | Trans Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 73.3mg | Sodium: 628.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 0.9g
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