Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pig in a Bucket.

I heard a little bit about bacon and fat-washing from Jim Meehan while I was at the Grand Marnier Mixology Summit. I read a little bit about it on the internet. I wasn't really a believer in the power of bacon whiskey until I asked my buddy Lance about it. See, Lance is a bit of a mad scientist, and a founding member of the Oregon Bartenders Guild. Those guys have a lot of great ideas and Lance has ALL kinds of experiments going on in his secret laboratory. If Lance says bacon whiskey is good, bacon whiskey is good. I'm a believer. I followed Lance's instructions and made myself some bacon-infused whiskey.

Pig in a Bucket

2 oz bacon whiskey
1/2 oz maple simple syrup
small splash soda
dash Fee's Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters

Build over ice in a rocks glass, garnish with a few fresh raspberries.
To make maple simple syrup combine 4 parts 100% maple syrup with 1 part water

To make 750ml of bacon whiskey, cook about 1/2 pound of bacon. Make sure to get some really nice bacon, don't go for the bargain stuff here. Once the bacon is thoroughly cooked, set it aside. You can eat it later. Collect the fat drippings and combine with 750ml of good quality whiskey. I used a blend of Jim Beam Rye and H's Eagle Rare Bourbon. Let the bacon fat infuse the whiskey for 48 hours. Then put the infusion in the freezer for 30 minutes to solidify the fat. Remove the bacon fat from the whiskey and filter well to remove any fat that remains.

That's what I did, but I'm sure you can find other techniques with a little Googling.

I was surprised how good this drink actually is. It's like a breakfast old-fashioned. The bacon and maple go really well together. The maple gives it a little sweetness, and the bacon provides a touch smoky funkiness. Everyone who tried this one really liked it, even if they thought they would hate it.

I want to thank Sam Breach from the wonderful Becks&Posh blog for the use of the excellent bacon photo above.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Depending on if you're in a rush, the fatwashing process really only takes about 4 hours at room temperature and then freeze. I find this gives the bourbon a light bacon flavor rather than overpowering the spirit. The guys at PDT use Four Roses bourbon I used a bottle of regular Kentucky Gentleman. Came out great.

-Joseph Ambrose D.C.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Eric Cloninger said...

Made the bacon bourbon this week with Jim Beam and fatty premium bacon from the local meat market. Froze the fat off and strained through cheesecloth.

Using the real maple syrup and I found that it's way too thick for my tastes when I use your mixture. I finally settled on 1:1. Just about the most awesome thing ever.

What to use for a garnish? The leftover bacon? Do you go with something else breakfast related? Maybe a hard-boiled quail egg? I used maraschino cherries. Does that make this a "Manhattan, Kansas"?


6:41 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

That was mouth watering! I love to try this at home. I never taste and try that. Glad you share this tip and recipe. wooohoo.

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I just knew that i could make a bacon whiskey on my own. That would be fun to make it on my own. Glad you share this recipe.

1:04 AM  

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