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Benton's Bacon-Infused Cocktail from Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams

Photo: Oxmoor House


Yield Makes 16 servings
The idea of a bacon-bourbon cocktail was born at a bar named PDT in—of all places—New York City. Here's Mr. Benton's version.


  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 1 (750-ml.) bottle bourbon
  • Maple syrup
  • 1 (4-oz.) bottle bitters
  • Garnish: orange zest twists

How to Make It

  1. Strain bacon drippings into bourbon in a carafe or other pitcher. Let stand 8 hours.

  2. Chill the bacon-infused bourbon until fat rises to the top; skim fat.

  3. For each cocktail, pour 1/4 cup bacon-infused bourbon into an old-fashioned glass filled with desired amount of ice; stir in 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/8 teaspoons bitters. Garnish, if desired.

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