Last weekend we drove up to NYC for the night, because we live in New York and it’s like, not a big deal to just drive in the city. Totally.
K drove, but you already knew that.
We ate dinner at place called BarBacon, for obvious reasons. Determined to embrace the craft cocktail scene and branch out from my typical VodkaSoda, I ordered something called the Ring of Fire.
This was odd for a few reasons: 1) it was made of rum and I don’t like rum. 2) It was mixed with pineapple juice and I don’t like pineapple juice. However. It also promised muddled jalapeños and something called “magic dust,” so I figured, hey, if I hate it, at least I’ve tried something new.
I hate to say this about a drink, but this thing changed my life. I’m still thinking about it. What was served was neither rum-my nor pineapple-y, it wasn’t overly sweet, and it had just a hint of spice. Oh. And magic dust? I can’t promise this, but I’m pretty certain they found a way to powder bacon.
I have been thinking about that cocktail all week, and in an attempt to recreate it at home, I discovered a fun new drink, but more importantly, a way to simulate bacon powder (!!!) Can you imagine the possibilities? Bloody Mary’s! Margaritas! Michelada!
I’m calling it the Rum Rasher (see what I did there?) and here’s the recipe:
- 2 ounces rum
- 4 ounces cranberry juice (I didn’t have pineapple but I wish I had!)
- 1 ounce lime juice, plus wedges for garnish
- A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce
- Kosher salt
- Smoked paprika
- Sprinkle about a tablespoon of salt onto a plate. Add a hefty pinch of smoked paprika and mix together. Shake the plate back and forth to create n even layer of smoky-salt on the plate.
- Slice a lime wedge in the middle, stopping just as you get to the rind. Run the lime around the edge of a glass–low ball or martini would be best. Place the rim of the glass down on the plate and make sure an even layer of the salt mixture gets around the edge. Fill glass with ice.
- In a shaker filled with ice, add rum, juice, lime juice, and hot sauce. Shake vigorously for 1 minute. Pour over ice into your prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
So much salty smoky bacon flavor!!!