Benton’s Old Fashioned
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Benton’s Old Fashioned
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.66 / 5
Created by Don Lee from PDT bar in New York. Created by Don Lee from PDT bar in New York.
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Bourbon
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Orange
Alcohol content
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35.29% | 2.4 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Benton's Old Fashioned is a smoky twist on a classic, featuring bacon fat-washed bourbon that imparts a savory depth which complements the sweetness of the maple syrup beautifully. The inclusion of Angostura Bitters ties the rich and complex flavors together, ensuring a balanced and memorable sipping experience.

Method
How to make a Benton’s Old Fashioned

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
This recipe calls for bacon fat-washed bourbon, which can be made by grilling four slices of bacon and adding the fat to a bottle of bourbon and leaving to infuse for a day
After the day place the bourbon into a freezer to solidify the fat, before clarifying the bourbon by pouring into a new bottle to separate it from the solid waste
In a mixing glass add the maple syrup and the bacon-washed bourbon and stir well until the syrup has properly dissolved
Add the bitters and stir again before straining into a rocks-filled lowball glass
Garnish with an orange twist and serve
~ The drink can also be made using bourbon without the bacon fat. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Bitters  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What makes Benton's Old Fashioned unique from a classic Old Fashioned?

Benton's Old Fashioned differentiates itself from the classic Old Fashioned by incorporating maple syrup instead of the traditional sugar cube or simple syrup. This substitution adds a distinctive, rich sweetness and complexity to the drink, complementing the bourbon's flavors.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of whiskey in Benton's Old Fashioned?

While Benton's Old Fashioned traditionally uses bourbon, you can certainly experiment with different types of whiskey to suit your taste preferences. Rye whiskey is a popular alternative, offering a spicier profile that contrasts interestingly with the maple syrup's sweetness.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

What is the significance of the alcohol content in Benton's Old Fashioned?

The alcohol content of 35.29% in Benton's Old Fashioned indicates a relatively strong drink, owing to its high bourbon content. This level of alcohol concentration contributes to the cocktail's body and flavor intensity, making it a sipping drink that can be savored slowly.

FAQ

How do I properly serve Benton's Old Fashioned?

Benton's Old Fashioned should be served in a lowball glass, also known as an old fashioned glass. Ideally, it should be stirred with ice until well-chilled and then strained into the glass over a large ice cube. This method ensures a cold, dilute, and smooth drink, enhancing the cocktail's flavors.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairings work well with Benton's Old Fashioned?

Benton's Old Fashioned, with its rich, sweet, and bold flavor profile, pairs well with hearty, savory dishes. Think smoked meats, grilled steaks, or charcuterie. For dessert, the cocktail complements the flavors of dark chocolate or pecan pie, providing a balanced end to a dining experience.

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