Kevin’s Bacon: Booze up for breakfast with a bacon-and-pancake Old Fashioned cocktail

We challenged bartender Laura Kelton of Sportsman’s Club in Chicago to conjure a method to drink bacon—preferably with the benefits of alcohol. Kelton came up with a way to take the flavors of bacon and pancakes and infuse it in an Old Fashioned. First, you’ll need to learn to make bacon syrup. Behold: the most dangerous breakfast.

Bacon Syrup

½ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup water
Pinch of salt
5 strips of cooked (but not crispy) bacon

Combine brown sugar, water and salt in a sauce boil and bring to boil. Reduce heat and add bacon to pan, and let steep for at a simmer for five minutes. Remove liquid and let cool completely. Place bacon in oven and cook at 400 degrees until crunchy, about five minutes. Let this candied bacon cool and reserve for garnish.

Short Stack Old Fashioned

Angostura bitters
0.5 oz …

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