Bacon-infused bourbon old fashioned with maple syrup

April 13th, 2009 by admin


The Drake Hotel has gone all sappy for maple syrup, that distinctly Canadian delicacy, with its Sugar Shack Culinary Festival.

The festival, on now till Friday, features a maple syrup-inspired menu from chef Anthony Rose including French Pea Soup with Maple Ham and Quebec Maple Syrup Pie. To wash it down, hot and cold choices: the Caribou, with warmed port, brandy and the ubiquitous maple syrup, or a grown-up Log Cabin Sno Cone with Crown Royal, fresh lemon and maple syrup poured over snow, served from the Sky Lounge. The Drake’s rooftop bar has been remade as a Quebec cabane à sucre, complete with an authentic-looking shack (and inauthentic-looking Spruce trees standing in for maples.)

But maybe you’re hankering for something more savoury to go with your maple syrup fix?

How about an Old Fashioned, but one with maple syrup in place of simple syrup, bourbon in place of the rye so popular in these parts, and let’s infuse the bourbon with…bacon.

“Bacon and maple syrup go together so well,” enthuses food and beverage director Melanie Splatt, who notes that many of the recipes in a culinary smackdown held last Monday at the Drake successfully combined those two classic breakfast tastes. Bacon flavour may not suit everyone’s drinking palate, but those who love the taste love it to, well, bits.

Click here for more!

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment. You are free to voice your opinion but please keep it clean. Any comments using profanity will be rejected.