Benton's Old-Fashioned Cocktail

The Benton’s Old-Fashioned is a twist on the classic old-fashioned that’s infused with bacon fat. It’s smoky, salty, and delicious.

The History

Yesterday we took a look at how to fat wash bourbon. Today we will use that bourbon for a Benton’s Old-Fashioned. This cocktail was created in 2007 by Don Lee of New York City’s famous PDT (Please Don’t Tell) bar. Lee is no longer at PDT but can now be found at The Golden Cadillac in New York City.

The Recipe

  • 2 ounces bacon fat-infused bourbon
  • ¼ ounce maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir and strain into a chilled whiskey or old-fashioned glass. Add a large chunk of ice and garnish with an orange twist. Before putting the orange twist in, express the oil over the glass, rub it around the rim, then drop it in.  

The Execution

Here are a few tips to help perfect the cocktail:

  • I’ve seen credible mixologists use both grade A and B maple syrup so try both and see what you prefer. I tend to go with grade B. Refrigerate the syrup after opening.
  • Do yourself a favor and buy large ice cubes. Large cubes melt slower and look twice as good. Tovolo sells a silicone tray for only $7.99.

Almost every bar is trying to come up with their signature twist on the old-fashioned cocktail. It’s fun but at the end of the day the classic old-fashioned is still king. But this drink is one of my favorite variations thus far. After all, it’s hard to argue with bacon fat and whiskey.

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