Bacon Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bacon Bourbon Cocktail is a modern twist on the classic Old Fashioned. It was created by adventurous bartenders who wanted to experiment with savory flavors in cocktails. This cocktail is perfect for those who love the smoky, savory taste of bacon and the rich, smooth flavor of bourbon. It's a unique blend of flavors that's sure to be a hit at any party.

How Bacon Bourbon Cocktail Tastes?

This cocktail has a rich, smoky flavor with a hint of sweetness. The bacon adds a savory, salty note that perfectly complements the smooth, sweet bourbon. It's a strong, full-bodied cocktail with a complex flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Bacon Bourbon Cocktail

  • The Bacon Bourbon Cocktail is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned.
  • It was created by adventurous bartenders who wanted to experiment with savory flavors.
  • The bacon in this cocktail is usually infused into the bourbon to give it a unique, smoky flavor.


Bacon-infused bourbon

We go whole hog with 2 oz because bacon makes everything better, right? By infusing bourbon with bacon, we’re bringing a smoky, savory kick to the party. Less than 2 oz and you might miss the piggy party; more, and it could turn into a grease fest! No bacon means you lose the heart and soul of this libation, but if you must, try a smoked whiskey for a similar vibe.

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Maple syrup

The Canadian nectar, eh? With 1/2 oz, you hit the sweet spot. Any more could turn your sip into pancake dressing, any less and you might wonder if the trees were tapped in vain. If the syrup bottle runs dry, a dash of simple syrup with a smidge of brown sugar can help you find your way back to the forest.

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Angostura bitters

Two dashes is all it takes to add the aromatic backbone to this concoction. Skip it, and the drink becomes a confusing one-note symphony. A fair substitute? Orange bitters if you’re feeling frisky and want to bring out the citrus notes even more.

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Orange peel

Just a twist and your cocktail dresses up in its Sunday best, with a spritz of citrus oil to lighten the mood. No peel means no zesty zing to cut through the rich flavors. If you're out of oranges, a lemon peel can do in a pinch, just expect a sharper, tangier attitude.

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Ice cubes

The unsung heroes keeping your drink as cool as a cucumber. They tame the spirits and meld the flavors over time. Without them, brace for a harsh, warm gulp – not the best for savoring the bacon bliss. No ice? Consider chilling the bourbon ahead of time, though it's not quite the same.

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Recipe. How to make Bacon Bourbon Cocktail Drink

  1. Infuse the bourbon with bacon by soaking a few pieces of cooked bacon in the bourbon for about 4 hours.
  2. Strain the bourbon to remove the bacon pieces.
  3. In a mixing glass, combine the bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, and Angostura bitters.
  4. Stir well to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture over ice in a rocks glass.
  6. Garnish with a piece of orange peel.

Pro Tips

  • To make the bacon-infused bourbon, use high-quality, thick-cut bacon for the best flavor.
  • Be sure to strain the bourbon well to remove any bacon pieces and fat.
  • The orange peel garnish adds a nice citrus note that balances the smoky, savory flavors of the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Steaks: The smoky flavor of the bacon-infused bourbon complements the charred exterior of a well-grilled steak.
  • Barbecue Ribs: The sweetness of maple in the cocktail balances the spicy and tangy notes of BBQ sauce.
  • Burgers: A savory burger with blue cheese would play nicely with the cocktail's rich and complex profile.
  • Dark Chocolate Desserts: The bitterness of dark chocolate pairs decadently with the sweet, smokey cocktail.
  • Cheese Board: A selection of aged cheeses, such as cheddar or gouda, will complement the cocktail’s depth.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: A non-alcoholic option. Coffee's bitterness and the cocktail's sweetness are a match made in heaven.
  • Stout Beer: Its roasted malt flavors would echo the smokiness of the bacon.

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What you could change in Bacon Bourbon Cocktail

  • If you don't have bacon-infused bourbon, you can use regular bourbon and add a few drops of liquid smoke for a similar flavor.
  • If you don't have maple syrup, you can use honey or agave syrup instead.

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And of course - twists🍹

Applewood-Smoked Bacon Twist

  • Substitute maple syrup with apple cider syrup
  • Use applewood-smoked bacon for the infusion
  • Garnish with a thin apple slice This twist adds an autumnal, fruity character and complements the smokiness with the applewood, creating a drink that feels like a walk through an orchard on a crisp morning.

Spicy Sriracha Bacon Twist

  • Add a quarter ounce of Sriracha sauce
  • Use a mix of honey and maple syrup
  • Use a bacon salt rim on the glass Expect your taste buds to dance between sweet, savory, and spicy notes, turning your cocktail into a firecracker of flavors, quite literally spicing up the original.

Chocolate and Coffee Bacon Twist

  • Add half an ounce of coffee liqueur
  • Use chocolate bitters instead of Angostura
  • Garnish with a piece of crispy bacon dipped in chocolate This twist is for those who love the rich marriage of chocolate and coffee. The additional liqueur adds depth, and the crispy bacon garnish is the ultimate sinful pleasure.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bacon Bourbon Cocktail

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bacon Bourbon Cocktail

Can I make this cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute and skip the bacon infusion part. However, do note that the flavor profile will change substantially without the bacon-infused bourbon.

Is there a ready-made bacon bourbon available in the market?

There might be specialty stores or online platforms selling bacon-infused bourbon, but availability can vary. Nonetheless, it's best and fresher to make it at home.

Can I use different types of bitters for this cocktail?

Yes, though the recipe calls for Angostura bitters, you can experiment with other types like orange or chocolate bitters, but this will alter the cocktail's flavor.

What is the purpose of the orange in this cocktail?

The orange peel adds a subtle citrus note that contrasts the smoky and savory flavors of the cocktail.

What type of glass is best for serving this cocktail?

This cocktail is best served in a rocks glass which is typically used for drinks ‘on the rocks’ or with a short pour.

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