Elvis in the Sky

This outrageous Cachaça, orgeat and candied maple bacon cocktail is inspired by Elvis Presley’s favorite snack, peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Lawrence Trailer, head bartender, Le Coq Rico, New York City

Poultry-centric restaurant Le Coq Rico in New York City takes its food very seriously—think heritage-breed hens, duck foie gras and guinea fowl galore. But the food-inspired cocktails here have a sense of humor. This outrageous drink, listed under “Coq’ Tales,” is inspired by Elvis Presley’s favorite snack, peanut butter and banana sandwiches. We’ve streamlined the cocktail a bit: At the restaurant, it’s made using a house-made beer-nut orgeat and served with a duo of garnishes that includes candied duck bacon.

​Turdrunken Sour
Candied Maple Bacon Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Avuá Amburana Cachaça
  • ¾ ounces orgeat (almond syrup, like Trader Vic’s Orgeat Syrup)
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce Giffard Banane du Brésil
  • Banana chip, for garnish
  • Candied maple bacon, for garnish (optional, recipe below)
Directions

Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a banana chip floated on top of the drink, and if desired, a piece of candied bacon skewered on a toothpick.

Candied Maple Bacon Ingredients
  • ¾ pound D’Artagnan Duck Bacon (or regular bacon)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ ounce maple syrup
  • ½ ounce rice vinegar
  • ½ ounce orgeat
Candied Maple Bacon Directions

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Place slices of bacon on cooling rack over foil-lined baking sheet. Mix together all other ingredients and coat bacon.

Bake 10 minutes, then flip. Baste the bacon with remaining sugar mix and bake for additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place in freezer for 5 minutes. Cut into half-inch pieces for cocktail garnish.

Published on November 28, 2016
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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