Sometimes I make something “for the blog” that is really pushing the whole gluten-free envelope. This is one of those times. But yet, it’s true. Bacon-infused bourbon is totally gluten-free. Which means I can drink it all day long if I want. And if I want, I can throw up and clog my arteries all day long too. (Although really, how much bacon is getting into my arteries if I’ve strained this stuff with a cheesecloth? Also, if I throw up?)
So when I had this idea to make some infused liquors for holiday gifts, naturally I went bacon. For my meat-eating (and drinking) friends only, this particular infusion is kind of the bomb. Or rather, a lot the bomb. It’s bourbon with bacon. Can I get a Manhattan with a side of pork? Yes I can!
Infusing booze is actually quite simple. So much so that I ditched the method I found online after discovering it really wasn’t giving me that bacon taste I was hoping for, and figured it out myself. One bottle of Costco bourbon and 1 lb of bacon later, I’ve got some super fun holiday gifts and you can too! Oh, and don’t forget the straining, like so:
Here’s how to make your holidays bacon-y and bright.
Total time: 10 minutes plus 4 days to steep
750 ml bottle of bourbon
1/2 cup bacon grease
1. Pour bacon grease in liquid form into bottle of bourbon (you may have to pour some off so it doesn’t overflow — bottoms up!) Seal bottle and place in refrigerator for four days.
2. On day four take bottle out of refrigerator and strain bourbon into medium-sized bowl covered in cheesecloth. This is a good time to taste. If you’re happy, go no to the next step. Want more bacon? Throw it back in the fridge for a day.
3. Either clean out your bottle of bourbon or find other smaller containers like Mason jars and transfer bourbon from the bowl back into its final resting place. It’s a good idea to strain again using a cheesecloth, even double-layered to make sure you get all of your grease outta’ there. Voila!
4. Drink straight up, or try it in a Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, or your favorite cocktail.
Makes: 5 – 6 oz Jars