I promised I’d fill you in with more details about my little Arrested Development party last Sunday, so here you go!
In addition to the “I Just Blue Myself,” we had a few other drink selections available at our shindig.
How could you hold an Arrested Development party without the ever-popular “Hot Ham Water?”
- 1/2 oz bacon bourbon (see below)
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 teaspoon maple syrup
- cayenne pepper
- cinnamon stick
- 12 oz bourbon
- 3-4 thick slices bacon
- 1 mason jar
First of all, use decent bourbon. It’s just a hint of bacon-y taste here, so it does matter what type of bourbon you use. I used Maker’s Mark. Pour the bourbon into the mason jar.
Now you want to cook the bacon in order to render out the fat. It’s just the rendered fat you want to use, not the entire strip of bacon. The easiest way to do this is to put it in the microwave. Just do short periods at a time so you don’t burn it.
Try to get a couple tablespoons worth of bacon fat rendered out, and then just drop it in the jar with the bourbon. Close the lid tight and let the bourbon sit at room temperature for about six hours, shaking the jar every so often.
After six hours, put the jar in the freezer and let it sit for at least an hour.
Once it’s done, use a strainer and a coffee filter to filter the bacon fat out of the bourbon. You’ll want to use a coffee filter to get all the tiny little bits out that a regular strainer won’t catch. The filtering process takes a little time, but when you’re done, you have delicious bacon bourbon, ready for your Hot Ham Water!
Muddle bourbon, orange juice, syrup and spices together using a cinnamon stick. Pour hot water into the mixture to fill the glass. Drop the cinnamon stick in.
We rounded out the menu with a Lucille Bluth favorite — Vodka Rocks. Adding the toast made this a perfect breakfast beverage.