Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bacon Martini

Ann lead me to a bacon martini recipe that a friend posted to his facebook wall. Not sure who the originator was, but I've adjusted the ratios to keep the syrup from overpowering the drink and making it way too sweet. And I bet that you could swap out the Applejack with Apple Schnapps and have an equally tasty drink.
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2.5 oz Applejack Brandy
  • 1 oz Disaronno
  • 1 tbsp good quality Maple Syrup
  • Candied Bacon (see below)
  • Raw Sugar Cubes
Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Crush the raw sugar into small chunks onto a small plate and run a slice of bacon around the glass rim. Rim the glass with the sugar using the residual bacon grease. Shake all liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into the glass. Break a piece of candied bacon in half and lay against the glass's side.
Make candied bacon with good thick cuts of bacon and brown sugar. I prefer to use my microwave for bacon as the mess is much less. Put a paper plate or microwave safe dish into the microwave with a couple of paper towels to absorb the grease. Lay a row of bacon across the paper towels and microwave for 2 minutes on high. Sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar over the bacon and microwave on high for 3 more minutes. Your times may vary based on the bacon thickness and your microwave brand. The key is to have perfectly cooked bacon without burning the sugar. Watch the cooking carefully and kill the microwave if the sugar starts smoking!