Master of Cocktails Long Standing Beef

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:

Master of Cocktails Bacon Garnish

Pour a handful of sugar and pinch of cinnamon into a bowl:

Master of Cocktails Sugar Cinnamon

Dip the hog-slices into the sugar and onto a baking sheet. Stick them in the oven for about 20min.

Master of Cocktails Bacon Garnish

This is what you end up with (the dark colour is good – it’s caramelised sugar, not burnt bacon):

Master of Cocktails Bacon Garnish

With your bacon thoroughly candied (still not an euphemism), we can move onto the cocktail.

Master of Cocktails Next Week

You’ll be needing these…

List of Ingredients

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.

Master of Cocktails Hudson Whiskey

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.

Master of Cocktails Hudson Whiskey

Now maple syrup. 10ml. This stuff is actually matured *in* Hudson casks.

Master of Cocktails Maple Syrup

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:

Master of Cocktails Bitters

Give it a good stir for 30 seconds or so:

Master of Cocktails Stir

Strain into your pre-chilled coupette…

Master of Cocktails Strain

…express an orange twist over the glass and garnish with CANDIED BACON. Oh yes. That’s right.

Master of Cocktails Long Standing Beef

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!

Master of Cocktails Twitter Long Standing Beef

Looking good, @DJOsito!

And here’s next week’s ingredients. FTAOD, the one on the far right is ‘Fire. And plenty of it’.

Master of Cocktails Ingredients

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.