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"Crafting the Best Benton's Old Fashioned: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Perfect Bacon-Infused Bourbon Cocktail"

: The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has withstood the test of time, beloved for its simplicity and depth of flavor. Today, we'll take a closer look at a variation that adds a unique twist to this timeless drink - the Benton's Old Fashioned. Named after its signature ingredient, Benton's Bacon Fat-Infused Bourbon, this cocktail promises a rich and savory experience that will delight your taste buds. Let's dive into the steps to create this masterpiece at home.


  • 2 oz Benton's Bacon Fat-Infused Bourbon

  • 1/4 oz simple syrup

  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Orange peel for garnish

  • Ice cubes

Step 1: Infusing the Bourbon with Benton's Bacon Fat To start, you'll need to prepare the Benton's Bacon Fat-Infused Bourbon. Begin by cooking a few strips of high-quality bacon until crispy. Reserve the bacon for a delicious snack or another recipe. In a clean glass jar, combine the hot bacon fat with your favorite bourbon, ensuring a ratio of roughly one strip of bacon per eight ounces of bourbon. Let the mixture sit for a few hours, allowing the flavors to meld. Afterward, place the jar in the freezer until the fat solidifies. Strain the bourbon through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth, removing the bacon fat residue. Your Benton's Bacon Fat-Infused Bourbon is now ready to use.

Step 2: Assembling the Cocktail In a mixing glass, combine 2 ounces of the Benton's Bacon Fat-Infused Bourbon with 1/4 ounce of simple syrup. Simple syrup is easily made by dissolving equal parts sugar and water. Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters to the mix. Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes and stir the ingredients well to chill the concoction.

Step 3: Straining and Serving Once your Benton's Old Fashioned is thoroughly mixed and chilled, it's time to strain it into your desired glass. Traditionally, an Old Fashioned glass or a rocks glass works best. To add a touch of finesse, consider using a large ice cube or sphere to minimize dilution while keeping your drink cool.

Step 4: Garnishing with an Orange Peel Express the oils from an orange peel over the cocktail by holding it over the glass and giving it a twist. This step adds a bright citrus aroma that complements the smokiness of the bacon-infused bourbon. Drop the twist into the glass for an extra burst of flavor.

Conclusion: The Benton's Old Fashioned offers a delightful departure from the conventional recipe, introducing a savory note that elevates the cocktail experience. Experiment with the bacon fat-infused bourbon to find the perfect balance for your palate. Whether you're an Old Fashioned enthusiast or a newcomer to this classic drink, the Benton's Old Fashioned is sure to become a favorite at your home bar.

Cheers Rusty.

Watch me make it below

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