This to date is the most interesting drink that I have ever had. In my opinion bacon is the most versatile ingredient in the culinary world. I can not think of one dish that adding bacon to will not make it better. You eat it with breakfast, on salads, dipped in chocolate, on sandwiches, you can even wrap other meats in it! But bacon in a drink? When I heard about The Patterson house and their Bacon Old Fashioned I had to make a stop.
Upon walking into the Patterson House, I got the feeling I was entering a secret club that only people who lived in Nashville knew about. The waiting area is lined with bookshelves ending with a velvet curtain that intensifies your curiosity as to what is on the other side. Upon entering through the curtain you discover a large room with book cases again lining the walls. There are several booths and an enormous large square bar in the center. The tin ceilings, warm lighting, and rich wood color of the bar sets an inviting mood. I was seated at the bar and new exactly what I wanted. The Elvis Panini and a Bacon Old fashioned. You will have to wait for another post to find out about the Elvis.
Chauncey began making my old fashioned. She started with an ice sphere. Yes, no ice cubes here. At Patterson House they use a copper mold to individually make ice spheres for their drinks. To that she added a combination of maple syrup, Bentons bacon infused 4 roses bourbon, and house made coffee pecan bitters. An orange slice rind was used as a garnish.
Now the moment of truth and the first taste…………….
I could not believe it! At the end of the drink was the distinct taste of bacon! I am a huge bacon fan and would know that taste anywhere and yes! It was bacon! If you do not believe me then you will have to try it for yourself! They infuse the bourbon with bacon on site using a fat wash method. Basically this in involves taking hot bacon fat, combining it with the bourbon, and freezing it so the fat and bourbon separate (fat has a different freezing temperature than alcohol so it works out).
Later in the week I will continue my Patterson House experience with the Elvis Panini.
I am curious, leave a comment if you think this drink sounds good?