The following is a drink invented by Don Lee, the Beverage Director at PDT, called the Bacon Old-Fashioned. PDT, which stands for Please Don’t Tell, is a New York Hotspot that is known for its creative cocktails and hotdogs.


  • 3 or 4 slices bacon, or enough to render 1 ounce of fat (PDT uses Benton’s, but any extra-smoky variety will do)
  • 1 750-ml. bottle of bourbon such as Four Roses Yellow Label


  • 2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon
  • 1/4 ounce Grade B maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Twist of orange

FOR THE BACON-INFUSED BOURBON: Cook bacon in pan and reserve rendered fat. (1) When bacon fat has cooled a bit, pour off one ounce from pan. (2) Pour bourbon into a non-porous container. (3) Strain the bacon fat into the container and infuse for 4 to 6 hours at room temperature. Place mixture in freezer until all the fat is solidified. With a slotted spoon, remove fat and strain mixture back into bottle.

FOR THE COCKTAIL: In mixing glass, stir 2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters with ice. Strain into chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange twist.

This recipe and video are from New York Magazine. I would also like to thank long time reader Lisa for bringing this drink to my attention. I will see if I can get them to make this at the Pittsburgh Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

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2 Responses to PDT’s Bacon-Infused Old Fashioned

  1. Lisa says:

    Hope to get to enjoy one of these at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival!

  2. […] Bacon Infused Old Fashioned cocktail – also for the dinner party. They were on the menu at this fancy pants restaurant we went to but they were out. Steven was tickled pink to make them. We would say to try to let it “infuse” for at least two days for more bacon flavor… […]

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