Hummingbird Drinks creates unique cocktail with Turnbull’s bacon

Northumberland-based Hummingbird Drinks’ master mixologist Chris Green has partnered with Turnbull’s to create a unique take on an old fashioned featuring bacon smoked by the Alnwick butcher’s team.

Part of the celebrations for World Cocktail Day on May 13, the Turnbull’s Old Fashioned was created as an experiment by Chris, which was inspired by the Benton’s Old Fashioned created at New York bar Pdtny.

Chris – who infuses bourbon with smoked bacon mixed with honey and dashes of Angostura bitters to create the cocktail – said: “I have been interested in the effects of bacon and bourbon since reading about the Benton’s Old Fashioned when I was starting out in the cocktail world. I really wanted to celebrate an old fashioned with local produce and the smoked bacon from Turnbull’s is probably my favourite. We then round it off with Northumbrian honey.”

Matthew Slack, sales & marketing manager at Turnbull’s, said: “Following the launch of our Turnbull’s Beer, 1880 Gold brewed by Alnwick Brewery, I was keen to add another exclusive product to our range. When Chris dropped in a sample of the Turnbull’s Old Fashioned and mentioned that he had been experimenting with smoked bacon, I was instantly impressed. I would never have dreamt of putting bacon and bourbon together in a drink.”

The cocktail is set to be launched on Monday May 13 – World Cocktail Day – and will be available exclusively at Turnbull’s Northumbrian Food Hall in pre-mixed 150ml and 300ml servings. The Hummingbird team will also be offering tastings of the cocktail, as well as other drinks in their line-up, at the food hall on Wednesday May 16 from 1pm.

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