I don't tend to seek out breakfast nor breakfast-flavored booze, but there we were with three new breakfast-flavored liqueurs: Blueberry Pancake, Glazed Donut, and Maple Bacon, all 70 proof.
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When it comes to the world of flavored vodka, I usually stick with the king: gin. However, every now and then there is a place on my bar for the other stuff (usually when a party looms). While many of the options range from the sickly sweet to the disgustingly bizarre, there are actually some pretty tasty and unique options out there if you know where to look.
This is one of my many mottos: Everyone likes a cocktail that's also a snack. And why would I stir my drinks with a piece of plastic or wood when a piece of bacon can do the job?
As part of Jack in the Box's recent and mildly disturbing "Love Bacon? Marry It." advertising campaign, the scientists slaving away in the fast food chain's laboratories have concocted a new milkshake that will either have you sprinting to the nearest franchise location or recoiling in horror: the Bacon Shake.
"Bacon" is a bit of a misnomer for the meaty hunks of pork belly you get in the Jerk Bacon & Egg ($16). If the meat is cured, it's only mildly so. Rather, it tastes like great fresh braised or confited pork belly that gets finished off with a sweet and hot glaze, fragrant with warm spices.
Meaty drinks have been gimmicks for so long that it's hard to take the concept seriously (witness the bacon martini at Las Vegas' Double Down Saloon, made with vodka stored in a bottle with slices of bacon), but the level of attention being given to the idea by top-flight mixologists such as Klemm and Freeman suggests this unusual approach may well have legs.