Alrighty, now that you’ve made your Bacon Infused Bourbon, let’s take that and mix up a Benton’s Old Fashioned.
The Benton’s Old Fashioned has made a lot of headlines on the And A Beard We Go Podcast. On episode 202, I told my story about venturing to a bar that I’ve wanted to go to for a few years now called “PDT” or Please Don’t Tell. I asked the bartender that I’m a bourbon drinker and asked what she liked to make, because, if a bartender likes to make a certain drink, they’re probably pretty good at it…
The Benton’s Old Fashioned is different than your normal Old Fashioned in more ways than the Bacon Bourbon. Let’s just get into the good stuff, let’s make one.
What THEY do:
Crack 4 cubes and drop into a glass or shaker
Fill the rest with whole cubes
1/4 ounce of Grade B maple syrup
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Pour 2 ounces in the Bacon Infused Bourbon, they use Four Roses Yellow Labeled Bourbon
Stir a couple times and let sit to let chill
Put 1 large ice cube in a pre-chilled glass
Strain in the cocktail
Wipe the rim of glass with an orange twist and drop in the glass
What we did:
Cracked ice and dropped in a chilled pint glass, filled rest with whole cubes
Poured in more than 2 ounces of Bacon Infused Wild Turkey
Poured in less than 1/4 ounces of Grade A Mrs. Butterworth Maple Syrup
Dashed twice with Angostura Bitters
Stirred it a few times and strained into a chilled glass
Twisted in some orange and wiped it on the rim
Like all of our drinks, when you make them for the first time, you’re going to want to try different amounts of each ingredient to meet your specific tastes. It’s a fantastic cocktail, the orange twist on the rim really tricks your senses before you actually get down to the booze and the intense bacon taste.
Please, if you’ve made this or have had one made for you, comment on the blog and let us know what you did the same or differently and what you thought of it!
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Tagged Bacon, Benton's, Booze, Bourbon, Brad Harris, Bradical, Cocktail, Drinks, Infused, Old Fashioned, Whiskey
At long last, I got off my ass and finally got this post put together!
I owe you all a How to and a Recipe, This one is both! How to make a Benton’s Old Fashioned, with Bacon Infused Bourbon. Yes, those two words are INDEED in the same sentence!
First up, you’ve got to infuse that bourbon, it’s actually super easy.
What you’ll need:
- A pack of bacon, the smokier, the better.
- A Fifth of bourbon
- A funnel & cheesecloth
- A bowl
Step 1: Cook up enough bacon to render 1/3 Cup of grease.
Step 2: Pour the bourbon into the bowl.
Step 3: Follow by the 1/3 Cup of grease.
Step 4: Leave sitting for about 30 minutes then put into the freezer for another hour or two. The grease will group together and can easily be spooned out.
Step 5: Put the cheesecloth in the funnel and the funnel in the bottle.
Step 6: Pour the concoction back into the bottle through the cheesecloth, this will strain any extra chunks and grittiness.
You may notice that not all of your booze will return to the bottle, you’ll be about a neck short. I would like to kin this to the “Angels Share” that you would get when aging White Dog bourbon in your White Oak Barrel.
And that’s it! You now have Bacon Infused Bourbon. I used Wild Turkey, I did this because it was just before Thanksgiving. The next time I do this, I would prefer to use a milder/smoother bourbon, like an Old Grandad or Maker’s Mark. Wild Turkey is very strong and I feel like it overpowers the initial bacon taste.
Now take that new Bacon Booze and let’s make a Benton’s Old Fashioned from PDT (Please Don’t Tell) in New York.
My wife will every once in a while send me video clips, websites or pictures that have to do with beards or booze, of which I thank her.
This one I thought was particularly cool, An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails. She found this on one of her favorite blogs Design Sponge. The ladies at Design Sponge ran across this through the Etsy page of the Artist/Publisher Elizabeth Graeber.
“An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails, by Orr Shtuhl and Elizabeth Graeber, tells the tales of the heyday of cocktails, from the origin of the margarita to the grandeur of the first celebrity bartender with some modern twists. Along the way, this fun, handheld guide is dabbled with beautiful illustrations and, of course, recipes.”
I don’t need fancy pictures to tell me to enjoy a cocktail, but they don’t hurt!
Check out the full details of the book at Etsy and take a peek at Elizabeth Graeber’s website.
How much do they REALLY drink in Mad Men?
DON DRAPER (Jon Hamm)
Title: Creative Director at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce
Total Drinks This Season: 78½
His Usual: Canadian Club Whisky on the rocks
Most Creative Drink: Sally fixes him French toast with rum (Episode 9)
Drinking Buddy: Himself
Drunkest Moment: The weekend after the Clio Awards, he drinks so much he forgets which day it is, wakes up with a strange waitress—and still has a little hair of the dog.
Best Bon Mot: When Joan asks him for his drink order, Don says: “Make it simple, but significant.” (Episode 6)
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In Episode 7, we drank one fancy drink, Old Fashioneds.
Old Fashioneds have a very cool history, Hoover breaks down a really interesting story on how it got named in Episode 7 of the And a Beard We Go Podcast.
They’re a fairly easy cocktail to make, there’s a couple ingredients, but no mixers, so pretty simple. So simple, even the great Don Draper drinks it when he’s out on the town. And by out on the town, he’s literally ON the town, and by town I mean neglected housewives & confused 60′s trollops.
Here’s how to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail…
What you need:
Rye Whiskey OR Bourbon (NOT Irish Whiskey)
Slice a bit of orange rind and muddle in the glass.
Squirt 3 squirts of simple syrup.
Dash 2-3 dashes of Bitters.
Pour 4 count of Whiskey.
Drop in cherry.
After a few comments/suggestions from listener(s), we needed to throw out a disclaimer about the facts that we blurt out of our mouths. We are in no way experts, we just play them on a Podcast.
We drank several Old Fashioneds and Hoover breaks down the history of the drink, really interesting story. We made these semi-traditionally. Normally they’re made with Canadian Rye Whiskey, these were made with a Kentucky Rye.
By the way, I ramble on again about this amazing Scottish Pub on Oregon City, OR called The Highland Stills. One of my favorite places I’ve ever been. HANDS DOWN. Holy crap, they have Red Breast too. You know what, here’s a few pictures of their Wall o’ Whiskey and some of their dishes…
Pint of Speckled Hen and a glass of Red Breast. PHENOMENAL!
Baked Mac and Cheese, Sausages and Artichoke Crab Dip. Once again, incredible.
The Whiskey Bible I mention is written by Jim Murray. I’ll follow up with my review when I finally get a copy.
We watched the great Stand-Up comedy Documentary, I Am Comic and Robocop 1 and 2 with their Twitter Bots. NEWS UPDATE! As I am writing this little blog post, there is a lot of Twitter chat about a Robocop statue that will be erected in Detroit. Seriously. Look.
I retell a story about when I got to see/meet Mitch Hedburg.
We ate at the “Bowling Galley“, a food truck extravaganza at Lake Forest Lanes. Hoover gushes over The White Rabbit food truck’s carnitas, The Burnt Truck’s sliders and Hulking out on people over food. BTW, get into Crepes Bonaparte while you’re there…! And I mentioned Kogi BBQ is amazing, though they aren’t part of the Galley, they’re still amazing.
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