I know you love bacon, and I know you love alcohol. This delicious tip will let you put the two together into something that’s absolutely amazing.
Seriously, we’re talking about bacon-infused bourbon, which immediately leads to something glorious. The first of which? Bacon-infused bourbon. Not only will it add a touch of salty/savory to your bar, but it also makes an excellent component in something far more grand: a bacon-infused Old Fashioned.
Oh no, if you thought bacon was “so done” on the Internet, I have a surprise for you – yes, it is, but every now and again you come across something so delicious, so savory, so bacon-tastic that it has to be shared, memes be damned. This is it – courtesy of the New York Times, a fabulous treatise on how to make bacon-infused goodness for your syrups and cocktails.
First of all, you’ll need to learn the recipe for the bacon-infused bourbon:
FOR THE BOURBON- BACON INFUSION:
3 or 4 slices bacon, or enough to render 1 ounce of fat (PDT uses Benton’s, but any extra-smoky variety will do)
1 750-ml. bottle of bourbon such as Four Roses Yellow Label
They even help us out with what kind of bourbon to buy! Honestly, I have to back them up on this one though – the smokier the bourbon you use, the better you’ll really get that bacon-inspired nose and flavor. Bacon fat itself is very rich and very savory, but it smells smokier than it tastes. By using a smoky bourbon, you’ll get a lovely combination of smell and taste that really will make you think you’re drinking alcoholic bacon – or something much better.
On to the Old Fashioned:
FOR THE OLD FASHIONED:
2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon
1/4 ounce Grade B maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Twist of orange
Twist of orange, eh? Color me skeptical, but I know a little citrus is customary in an Old Fashioned – and many recipes go farther than that. Still, I like what I see here. The maple syrup is an excellent play to bring a little sweetness to the mix, and when you put it all together with the bitters, the bacon-infused bourbon, and the citrus, you have a drink that frankly, I would order at a bar if only to see how it tasted.
And if it tasted good? I’d order another. Check the video:
So why bother letting some fancy bartender do it when you can do it yourself at home and enjoy it, make them for your friends, and impress them more than laying down your charge card for a hefty bar tab will? That’s right – there’s no reason. Go for it, do it yourself. You can thank me later.