Trend Alert: Savoury Cocktails
Savoury Ingredient: Prosciutto
If you’ve ever been to Italy, you already know that prosciutto (ham) and melon is a classic pair. This cocktail simply builds on that traditional idea, but keeps things fresh with maple syrup and lemon juice.
- (makes 1)
- 30ml bacon-infused Vodka (see below)
- 60ml fresh cantaloupe juice
- 25ml maple syrup
- 15ml fresh lemon juice
- Garnish: cantaloupe melon ball wrapped in prosciutto
Vigorously shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Lay skewer on rim of glass.
A simple recipe for bacon-infused vodka: Buy a simple non-infused vodka, like Smirnoff or Svedka. Fry up several strips of bacon and, after they’ve cooled, place them in the bottle. (You can also add black pepper or even some herbs at this point for an extra kick). Let sit for three weeks (do not refrigerate). When the three weeks are up, separate the fats and oil from the mixture by cooling the vodka in your freezer. Strain the vodka through some cheesecloth or a coffee filter to remove the bacon bits. You’ll be left with a slightly yellowed clear liquid with an excellent bacon flavour.
Excerpted from Amy’s Culinary Adventures “underground” Bacon Dinner, by Natalie Bovis, aka The Liquid Muse