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Bacon Infused Bourbon

Every once in a while something that sounds crazy in a cocktail actually works, if you are open to the idea. One such concept is Bacon Infused Bourbon. It's seems ridiculous at first, but when you consider sweet caramel and maple syrup flavors sometimes characterize a good bourbon, you start to think about breakfast and how a side of bacon tastes so good next to your pancakes! Does it still sound silly? Well, maybe if we break it down a bit, it will make a little more sense. What we are talking about is neither sweet nor sour, not salty or bitter—it's the fifth fundamental flavor that the Japanese call umami.

Umami, or savoriness, is considered by eastern cultures as an important component of taste in their cuisine. It is the flavor produced by amino acids such as glutamate that we normally associate with beef, mushrooms or that "rich" character

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Classics Series: The Old Fashioned Cocktail

You don't have to be a fan of AMC's Mad Men to be interested in the Old Fashioned cocktail. Even though it's Don Draper's favorite, you too can make this one like a Madison Avenue executive. The fact is, the Old Fashioned comes from an era long before Don started drinking. It's always regarded as a classic, and indeed, along with the Sazerac, it is probably one of the earliest cocktails to be created. The original definition of the cocktail was first printed in 1806 when it was described as "spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters." The Old Fashioned perfectly fits these requirements, although today the word cocktail is used to describe virtually every variety of mixed beverage.

So, what is the Old Fashioned? Well, it's a drink that has earned it's own glass, for one. While there are many variations, and some that take additional

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