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The Bacon Old Fashioned

By: Erin Mahoney, from 5757 Palm Magazine

You know the saying: bacon pairs well with just about everything. Even bourbon. Which is why the Resort’s Salty Goat Bar combined the two to shake up an old Southern classic.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. bacon infused bourbon
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Strip of candied bacon
  • Orange twist

Preparation:

  1. Muddle the sugar and bitters in a rocks glass.
  2. Stir bourbon in ice in separate glass until the liquor is chilled.
  3. Strain over fresh ice in the rocks glass.
  4. Give it a stir with the candied bacon.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist.

DIY Bacon Bourbon

Get in the Southern spirit at home using the Salty Goat Bar’s fat-washing method.

  • Pour your favorite bourbon into a large plastic or glass container, 750 ml. or a fifth works.
  • Heat up some bacon and enjoy it fresh off the skillet. Or save it for a BLT. We only need what’s left in the pan for this infusion.
  • Combine pan drippings with bourbon, mix, cover, and let sit in a fridge overnight.
  • Skim and strain the bourbon into bottle with a cheesecloth-lined funnel, removing hardened drippings before.
  • Enjoy! The infusion is delicious in an old fashioned or on the rocks.

When it came time to craft a new signature cocktail, The Salty Goat Bar’s team decided to create one focused on the delicious B&B duo – bourbon and bacon. And if those two ingredients weren’t Southern enough, bringing the two together in the iconic cocktail (first shaken up by a Louisville bartender in 1881) surely is. The Bacon Old Fashioned sees orange bitters, and a dash of sugar flirt with the fat-washed Kentucky straight bourbon to create a taste bud-tingling sip that at once is smooth, smoky, bacon-y, savory, and sweet. Each signature drink is garnished with a slice of house-made candied bacon (because who ever wanted less bacon?) that adds texture and even more flavor. You can thank us later. 

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