Continuing on with the bacon-infused bourbon theme, Angel’s Share features the Del Sasser. This drink combines this fat-washed bourbon, along with plum liqueur, pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, and bitters. A seemingly odd combination, but it works. Blending smoke, tartness, and a touch of sweetness, you’ll want to drink this one to the last drop.
Double Down Saloon
With a location in Las Vegas and one in New York, the Double Down Saloon is spreading the good bacon-infused-cocktail word to the masses with their Bacon Martini. A simplified version of the rest, this drink combines their bacon-infused vodka, with ice, shaken and served straight up with bacon bits at the bottom of your glass. No lettuce or tomatoes are necessary.
E&E Grill House
At modern steakhouse E & E Grill House, they have a little secret: On occasion they use their house-made bacon-infused vodka. When you go in, ask if they’re making anything special with it. How about a bone-in rib eye or lamb skewers to pair with your bacon-infused cocktail? Is that enough meat for you?
Honorable Mention: Uptown Bloody Mary
Red Rooster Harlem
There’s no bacon to be found in this one, but we had to give a nod to Marcus Samuelsson’s uptown gem Red Rooster, which has been receiving critical acclaim ever since they opened their doors in early 2011. Comfort food reigns, as do comfort cocktails. Check out their “Uptown Bloody Mary” – it’s your traditional bloody mary with a not-so-traditional garnish of fresh shrimp. Don’t worry, nobody will scoff at you if you dip your shrimp into your drink.
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Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, is a beverage consultant, writer, and educator.