Two different ways to take your bourbon: bourbon pickles & a maple-bourbon version using real maple syrup. Both made with caramelized onions. I used Blanton's, but any bourbon that tastes good will do.
Taking a flavor note from a popular gin and bringing it to the front, I experimented with pickling cucumber slices using a brine of gin, mint, lime, and juniper. Like a eating a classic cocktail in delicious pickle form.