Bacon, Not Stirred: Make a Bacon Bourbon Cocktail

02/26/2014 at 02:05 PM ET

Bacon Manhattan Cocktail
Courtesy Bacon 24/7

You’ve wrapped everything from hot dogs to tater tots in bacon, but now it’s time to wrap your head around a new way to use your favorite cured meat: in a happy hour drink.

The new cookbook Bacon 24/7: Recipes for Curing, Smoking and Eating includes instructions on how to make everything from bacon-stuffed French toast to bacon baklava. But the recipe that really gets our frying pan going is a cocktail made with bacon-infused bourbon.

It sounds fancy, but it’s about as easy to make as a BLT. There are just two ingredients — bacon fat and your favorite bourbon — and the result is a rich, almost silky liquor with just the right hint of addictive, smoky flavor. Mix it into a riff on a classic Manhattan, a stiff and simple cocktail that takes well to a little jazzing up.

If you’re running the new Bacon Chase 5K, we can’t think of a better way to toast at the finish line.

Bacon Manhattan
Makes 1 

2-3 dashes bitters
1½ oz. bacon-infused bourbon (recipe below)
½ oz. dry vermouth
¼ oz. sweet vermouth
1 strip crisp, cooked bacon, for garnish
1 cherry (maraschino or brandied), for garnish
1 twist orange rind, for garnish

1. Swirl bitters in a chilled martini glass.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with large ice cubes and add the bourbon and vermouths. Shake vigorously, then strain the cocktail into the prepared martini glass.

3. Cut bacon into small squares. Garnish with a skewered cherry, orange rind and bacon pieces. Serve immediately.

Bacon-Infused Bourbon

2 oz. bacon fat
1½ cups bourbon

1. To clarify the bacon fat, melt fat and strain into a bowl. Add 4 oz. boiling water. Stir well and leave until melted fat has set into a cake above the water. Remove cake, scraping off any sediment from the bottom, then melt again.

2. Combine bourbon and bacon fat in a quart-size jar. Seal with a tightly fitting lid and shake vigorously. Leave the bourbon to infuse at room temperature for 5-8 hours.

3. Put the jar in the freezer and freeze until all of the bacon fat has solidified at the surface of the bourbon, about 1 hour. Scoop off and discard the bacon fat and strain the bourbon through a fine mesh sieve lined with 2 coffee filters. Extra bacon-infused bourbon can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Note: This technique can be used to add a bacon scent to many different liquids or liquors.

—Marissa Conrad

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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BlueStormRising on

Sounds good, just like a “dirty martini.”

Harold Mansfield on

It’s called a Mitch Morgan.

jessica on

I just threw up in my mouth a little

Brooke on

Just the title made me want to vomit!
As “Ted” said when coming across a goofy alcoholic beverage: “The world is imploding!”

Lenabenas21 on

As if we don’t have an obesity epidemic already. Really? 2 oz of bacon fat mixed with burbon – gag.

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