A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Red teacup and Bourbon Balls

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was lovely...quiet and satisfying. And now, it's time to take the fall decorations down and look toward my favorite time of the year...Christmas! 

The antique postcard says it all.....

GFor my teacup today, I had to choose something red!

This is an Aynsley, England cup and saucer dating to the 1950s with an elegant shape and a classic holiday color scheme of red, white and gold. Just like a lovely party dress! I love the gold overlay and the fancy handle! Aynsley made such wonderful china. There workmanship is always superb.  For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I had decided to make cookies, and I always start the holiday season out with Bourbon Balls...a tradition from growing up...because they are really best when they have mellowed for several weeks. I am not a fan of liquor, but after they sit, the alcohol disappears and a mellow, interesting flavor remains. I couldn't find my family recipe, but found this recipe in an old Coastal Living magazine from 2008, and it's exactly like my family one...I finally did find it and compared them. So here it is...we always packed them in a waxed paper lined cookie tin to mellow.

Bourbon Balls


  • 3 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans 
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon 
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in corn syrup and bourbon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls; roll in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container.
Note: Beware--these little morsels pack a punch. The bourbon flavor gets mellower with time, so make these at least one week ahead.

There are always a few family recipes that you have to have for the holidays, and this is one. The other is eggnog scones, which I am making later in the week and will share.

Take some time and visit the wonderful blogs listed below, and link up to the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky with your one tea related post. I'd love to hear from you if you have time to comment.  Have a great week, and as the season speeds up, don't forget to have a cup of tea with someone or something you love, and don't lose the attitude of thankfulness Thanksgiving always focuses our lives to observe.

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  1. Don't you love the early signs of Christmas!!! What a pretty vintage card!
    Thanks for the great little Bourbon ball recipe!
    I'd love you to stop by StoneGable and and share your recipe at ON THE MENU MONDAY, my weekly foodie linky party. It's going on now! YUMMY!

  2. Your red and gold Aynsley teacup is beautiful!
    And the Bourbon Balls look delicious. Thanks for providing the recipe. Your blog post definitely sets the stage for the upcoming Christmas holidays - such a wonderful time of the year! ~ Phyllis

  3. Hello Ruth, Your Aynsley teacup is really beautiful, and so unique. The bourbon balls look good too. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving and I wish you a Merry Christmas!

  4. Good morning Ruth,
    What a stunning teacup; perfect for the season! Your cookies look delightful. Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day, my friend.


  5. Hi Ruth,

    I just adore your Aynsley teacup - so pretty! Glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your bourbon balls look devine! Thank you for hosting.

  6. Hello Ruth
    The red and white Aynsley is a perfect choice for getting in the Christmas spirit. I've not seen a recipe before for cookies with bourbon in them, I'm sure it's hard to leave them alone to mellow.

  7. Ruth, the Aynsley is so elegant. And a definite way to get a head start on the holiday season.

  8. Love your red Aynsley teacup ... perfect for the season! Thanks for the Bourbon Ball recipe. I need one! Happy Tea Day and thanks so much for hosting!

  9. Oh I do love an Aynsley! Yours is truly a festive pattern! Your bourbon treats look delicious! When I was young we made chocolate covered peanut butter balls....mmmmm. It is so nice to have a family tradition.
    Have a great day,

  10. Such a pretty color of red with the gold! Beautiful cup! OUR family tradition was maple balls but the bourbon balls look delicious also!
    Have a wonderful week!
    sandy ;)

  11. Bourbon balls are one of my Father's favorite holiday treats.

  12. Oh I just LOVE that beautiful red teacup with its gold, wow it is awesome!

    Bourbon balls, funny my MIL makes Rum Balls every year and I have yet to ever try one because she EATS THEM ALL! LOL!

    Thank you so much for the recipe, definately in the mood to make some new things this year and that make be just the recipe! Yum!

    Thank you so much for hosting!!

    Happy Tea Tuesday!

  13. I had almost forgotten Bourbon Balls, my mother made these every year for Christmas and I think this is a tradition I should resume! Thank-you.

    The teacup is perfect for Christmas, such a rich color, and a classic.It could grace any table this season.

  14. I spotted you on Julie's blog and love the name of your blog; I had to come and see what it ws all about. I'm kind of old and Love anything vintage. You have a new follower. I have a feeling I will love spending time here.

  15. I haven't made Bourbon Balls in years, I used to help my mother-in-law make them. I'm glad to have the recipe, thank you! And that red Aynsley teacup is beautiful and just right for a Christmas post.

  16. Cute classic teacup. Ideal for cold winter days with its warm red color. Your bourbon balls look very yummy out. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

  17. Your cookies do look good, Ruth! I have never made them and thanks for sharing the recipe at my HOME. Enjoy the rest of your week.



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