Bacon Bourbon Old Fashioned
The old fashioned cocktail is one of the oldest classic cocktails around. We’re giving this bedrock of classic mixology a twist by using bacon infused bourbon and maple syrup rather than bourbon and a sugar cube as the original requires.
Although bacon typically overpowers other ingredients, you’ll see that its flavor is very subtle here. The orange bitters add a floral note and you really just get a hint of bacon flavor on the finish.
Many people credit Don Lee who worked at the famous PDT cocktail bar in New York for popularizing fat washing in cocktails. Fat washing is a process of infusing spirits with the flavors of fatty foods such as meats, oils, and cheeses. This can be done at home through a process of infusing and straining a spirit and the fat. We provided a spirit that’s already infused.
Ingredients (for 2):
3.0 oz bacon bourbon
1.0 oz maple syrup
Dashes of orange bitters
Pour 0.5 oz of maple syrup into each glass. Swirl the syrup so that it coats the bottom and sides of the glass. Add half the bitters from the orange bitters bottle per glass. Place a large ice cube in each glass. Pour 1.5 oz of the bacon bourbon per glass. You can swirl the ice to get the flavors slightly combined, but it’s nice to taste each of the flavors on their own and not fully combine the liquids.