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Maple Bacon Old Fashioned

maple bacon old fashioned

Welcome to the world of sophisticated and delightful cocktails, where the Maple Bacon Old Fashioned stands out as a remarkable choice. This drink is a modern twist on the classic Old Fashioned, blending the rich, smoky flavor of bacon with the sweet, comforting taste of maple syrup. It’s a cocktail that promises a unique experience, combining traditional elements with inventive flair. Perfect for those who appreciate a drink that’s as bold and distinctive as they are.

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Tasting Notes

The Maple Bacon Old Fashioned is a delight for your taste buds. You’ll first notice the rich, smoky flavor of bacon, which blends perfectly with the sweetness of maple syrup. The whiskey adds a warm, smooth touch, making each sip a perfect balance of flavors. It’s like a sweet, smoky hug in a glass.

Equipment and Glassware

You will need a mixing glass, a bar spoon, and a strainer to make a Maple Bacon Old Fashioned. The mixing glass is for mixing and chilling the ingredients, the bar spoon is for stirring them perfectly, and the strainer is for pouring the mixture into your serving glass without any ice. To measure whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters correctly, you need a jigger. For the unique twist of bacon, you need a pan to cook the bacon until it’s crispy. This sweet and smokey take on a standard is best served in a lowball (or rocks) glass, which brings out the strong flavors.

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  • 2 oz whiskey (preferably bourbon)
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • A strip of cooked bacon for garnish
  • Orange peel or cherries for garnish (optional)


  1. In a mixing glass, combine the whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Add ice and stir well until the drink is chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a strip of bacon and, if you like, a twist of orange peel or cherries.
  5. Enjoy your delicious Maple Bacon Old Fashioned!

Pro Tips

  • For the best flavor, use high-quality, thick-cut bacon.
  • Use 100% pure maple syrup
  • You can slightly cook the bacon in maple syrup for an extra maple kick.
  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, adjust the amount of maple syrup to taste.

When to Serve

The Maple Bacon Old Fashioned is versatile and can be enjoyed on many occasions. It’s the perfect drink to warm up a chilly evening, add a touch of elegance to a dinner party, or celebrate a special occasion. It’s also a great choice for a relaxed weekend brunch, where its bold flavors can complement a variety of dishes.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

The choice of bourbon can significantly influence the taste of your Maple Bacon Old Fashioned. For a smoother, more refined flavor, consider brands like Buffalo Trace or Woodford Reserve. If you prefer a stronger, more pronounced Bourbon character, Knob Creek or Bulleit might be your best bet. Ultimately, the choice depends on your personal tastes and preferences.

Similar Cocktails

If you enjoy the Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, here are five similar cocktails you might like:

  • Classic Old Fashioned: The traditional version of this cocktail, focuses on the bourbon.
  • Manhattan: Another whiskey-based classic, with sweet vermouth and bitters.
  • Whiskey Sour: A tart and refreshing mix of bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar.
  • Bourbon Smash: Combines bourbon with fresh mint, lemon, and simple syrup.
  • Bacon Bloody Mary: For those who love the savory taste of bacon in their drinks, this is a must-try.
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The Old Fashioned dates back to the early 1800s, originally just whiskey, water, sugar, and bitters. The Maple Bacon version is a modern twist, adding the unique flavors of maple syrup and bacon to this historic drink.

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maple bacon old fashioned

Maple Bacon Old Fashioned

Prep Time: 3 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon, maple syrup, Rye Whiskey
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Savor the unique Maple Bacon Old Fashioned cocktail recipe, blending rich whiskey with sweet maple and smoky bacon for an unforgettable taste.


  • 2 oz. Bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Bitters
  • Cooked bacon (garnish)
  • Cocktail cherry (garnish)


  • Pour the bourbon, maple syrup, and both bitters in a cocktail mixing glass filled with ice.
  • Stir until well-chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass over a large hunk of ice.
  • Garnish with a slice of bacon and cocktail cherries.
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Maple Bacon Old Fashioned
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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