A little while ago I stumbled across this recipe for smokey bacon infused bourbon. This is a medly of two of life's greatest things: bourbon and bacon. As a friend of mine, a professional wine merchant no loss, so someone who knows his drinks (and his palate), put it: "Bacon good, bourbon good, bacon-bourbon? What's not to like surely?"
Being an Old Fashioned fan (and a serious one) I had this beautiful vision of making a bacon old fashioned with maple syrup, burnt orange peel and chipotle infused ice. It was going to be EPIC. I was going to win a prize.
So I was slightly deflated when I came across this at the weekend:
It's a Porky's Revenge, produced by those wonderful folks at The Dime Bar & Diner. It's basically exactly as I've described above, with the exception that it doesn't include the chipotle ice (that's my shout). Damn.
Still, I had to try it – if for no other reason that research.
Presentation: 10 out of 10. Cut glass (effect) tumbler, great garnish (that's a slice of apple and a slice of smoked cheese. No, seriously, that's smoked cheese. What kind of genius garnishes a smoked bacon Old Fashioned with smoked cheese?). Looks pretty.
Taste: This was, genuinely, one of life's bitterest disappointments. Because it tasted absolutely fucking disgusting. I couldn’t even finish it, seriously. So, no. Just no. Sorry, Dime Bar, you're great in many other ways, but how can you possibly drink this?
- GrubsterBoy -
Postsrcipt, 12 August 2013: I found myself having Sunday lunch at The Avalon recently, and ordering the obligatory Sunday Lunch Bloody Mary, upon which I was asked to request spirits, the choice being: ordinary vodka, bacon infused vodka or bacon infused bourbon. Still smarting from my Dime Bar experience I was cautious. However, feigning ignorance and interest, I requested a sample of the bacon infused bourbon to test. I can now safely say that it is still absolutely fucking disgusting. I was also given a shot glass sample of the bacon infused bourbon with Bloody Mary mix. This does not improve bacon infused bourbon. Not one bit.