Right then chaps – time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. We’re making a sort of Old Fashioned/Manhattan hybrid using Maple Syrup as the sweetening agent. Oh, and candied bacon as a garnish, as if this cocktail recipe wasn’t sounding awesome enough already.
However, before you even think about touching any of the liquids, you’re going to need to candy your bacon. No, that’s not a euphemism.
It’s pretty simple. Set your oven to 175c, grab your bacon, some light brown sugar, and cinnamon:
Pour a handful of sugar and pinch of cinnamon into a bowl:
Dip the hog-slices into the sugar and onto a baking sheet. Stick them in the oven for about 20min.
This is what you end up with (the dark colour is good – it’s caramelised sugar, not burnt bacon):
With your bacon thoroughly candied (still not an euphemism), we can move onto the cocktail.
You’ll be needing these…
List of Ingredients
- 50ml of Hudson Manhattan Rye
- 10ml of Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup
- A couple pipettes of Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters
- Candied Bacon (Garnish)
- An Orange Twist
So. First things first – grab a coupette glass, and bang it in the freezer.
Now measure out 50ml of the rather superb Hudson Whiskey Manhattan Rye.
Apart from being delicious – this stuff is ‘sonically-matured’, using bass-heavy west-coast hip hop. I shit you not.
Pop this into a stirring glass with plenty of ice.
Now maple syrup. 10ml. This stuff is actually matured *in* Hudson casks.
I’ve not checked, but maturing a cocktail ingredient in a cask used for another ingredient, might well be ‘the coolest’.
Finally, a good couple of pipettes of Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters:
Give it a good stir for 30 seconds or so:
Strain into your pre-chilled coupette…
…express an orange twist over the glass and garnish with CANDIED BACON. Oh yes. That’s right.
And here it is – The Long-Standing Beef (many thanks to @Dr_AHL for the name!)
We always love it when people follow along at home – just like @DJOsito did!
Looking good, @DJOsito!
And here’s next week’s ingredients. FTAOD, the one on the far right is ‘Fire. And plenty of it’.
Next week, you’ll be needing these…
Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask, Gutierrez Colosia Pedro Ximénez, Angostura Bitters, Bitter Bastards Clove Bitters, an Orange, Star Anise, St. George Absinthe Verte and Fire. And plenty of it.