Infuse your own bacon bourbon for the ultimate Old Fashioned or Bloody Mary.
Feel like something’s been missing from your bourbon? It’s probably bacon! Well, you can take your bourbon game to the next level in just an hour or two with this super simple recipe.
First you’ll need some tasty bourbon. We’re not burning off alcohol here, just heating it up in a contained unit, so the end result is going to be the same quality that you start with. Don’t skimp here! You’ll also want to source some premium bacon, for the exact same reasons.
Cook your bacon until crisp, and drain away as much of the fat as possible. I opted to add some brown sugar and orange peel to the mix, but you can choose to leave these out or swap in some maple syrup and rosemary. Go wild! Just make sure to use organic ingredients, since pesticides in traditional produce are most prominent in peels and herbs.
Add the cooked bacon and other ingredients to the jar, and top off with your favorite bourbon. I used 16oz wide mouth mason jars, but you can use larger or smaller jars, or ziploc freezer bags.
While the cocktail infuses, more of the bacon fat will render, so it’s important to quickly chill the bourbon in an ice bath to stop the bacon from cooking, then set in the refrigerator to allow the fat to congeal and rise to the top so you can filter it out before serving.
- 14 oz bourbon
- 2 oz brown sugar or maple syrup (whaaa?)
- 1 orange used for zest (optional)
- 1 strip cooked bacon
- Preheat water bath to 130°F/54°C
- Remove just the zest from the oranges with a sharp vegetable peeler. If you get too much pith (the inner white stuff), use a paring knife to remove it. Otherwise the result will be too bitter.
- Add all ingredients to a sterilized mason jar.
- Let the bourbon ‘cook’ for 1-3 hours.
- Before using, strain the bourbon to remove bacon and zest.
- Serve over one ice cube and garnish with fresh cooked bacon, or as the main ingredient in an Old Fashioned.