A bit smoky, a bit salty, and a bit sweet, this bacon and whiskey cocktail will warm you up from the inside out.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Smoked Bacon Rye Sour

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  • Squeeze enough juice from the Smoked Lemon half to measure 1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce).

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  • Fill a cocktail shaker half full with Smoked Ice Cubes. Add the lemon juice, Bacon-Infused Rye, and maple syrup. Cover and shake until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass filled with additional ice cubes.

Garnish Suggestion:

Dip the pointed end of a lemon wedge into smoked paprika. Place the lemon wedge on the rim of the glass.

Smoked Bacon Rye Sour for Eight:

Squeeze enough juice from 1 recipe Smoked Lemons to measure 3/4 cup. In a pitcher combine the lemon juice, 2 cups Bacon-Infused Rye, and 3/4 cup pure maple syrup. Serve in rocks glasses filled with Smoked Ice Cubes or ice cubes.

Nutrition Facts (Smoked Bacon Rye Sour)

202 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 mg sodium. 70 mg potassium; 16 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 0 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 1 IU vitamin a; 9 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 5 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 23 mg calcium; 0 mg iron;

Bacon-Infused Rye

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  • In a screw-top jar combine rye and crumbled bacon. Cover and shake well. Let stand at room temperature for 4 hours. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding bacon. Freeze for 1 hour. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve lined with 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth, discarding bacon fat. Makes 3/4 cup.

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Tips

To infuse a 750-ml bottle of rye whiskey, use 6 slices crumbled, crisp-cooked bacon and prepare as directed.

Smoked Lemons

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  • At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each lemon half so it will sit flat on the grill; set aside.

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  • For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place lemon halves, cut sides up, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill about 20 minutes or until lemons are softened and peels are lightly browned. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Add wood chips according to the manufacturer's directions. Grill as above.)

Nutrition Facts (Smoked Lemons)

10 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 mg sodium. 4 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 0 g protein;

Smoked Ice Cubes

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  • At least one hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using.

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  • Place ice cubes in a 9x5-inch disposable foil pan. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Test for medium heat in center of grill. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place pan on grill rack over center of grill. Cover and grill for 30 minutes. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Add wood chips according to the manufacturer's directions. Grill as above.)

  • Remove pan from grill; cool. Pour water into ice cube trays. Freeze for at least 8 hours or until firm.

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