If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to try the bacon-infused Old Fashioned at New York’s famed speakeasy, Please Don’t Tell (a.k.a. PDT), you know that salty, cured pork and rich, spiced bourbon are a match made in booze heaven. If you haven’t been so lucky then just take our word for it: It’s a great duo. Lucky for those who can’t just drop by the bar, infusing bacon into bourbon is a simple process and can easily be done at home. All you need is a package of bacon (we prefer maple cured), a Mason jar, a freezer and a bottle of hooch.
The process is known as fat washing and, despite how it sounds, it produces a deliciously rich, silky spirit packed with umami flavors. Here, step-by-step instructions for making bacon-flavored bourbon at home.