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Biltong and bacon vodkas

There are exciting things happening at Le Quartier Lounge Bar! We chatted to barman extraordinaire, Matthew Roberts about his latest creations—two vodkas; one flavoured with bacon, the other biltong.

Matthew Roberts

“We use a process called ‘fat-washing’,” says Matthew. “I’ve used this technique for a while now. It was made famous by PDT in New York with their Benton’s Old Fashioned: Bacon washed Bourbon, a la ‘Old Fashioned’.

Fat-washed spirits are often used for Bloody Marys, which is what we are working towards for Le Quartier Lounge Bar. Bloody Marys are something that I absolutely go nuts for, and LQF’s Bloody Mary Menu (coming this December) is going to be HUGE!

With this in mind I contacted Neil Jewell over at Bread & Wine and explained the process we would be using—and I could tell he was quite excited too!

He put together a couple of samples for us: a smoked pig fat, which lent the vodka the salty savoury taste of pork and the smokiness of bacon. The second, beef suet reduced down with pinotage, black pepper and coriander[ for the biltong version].

These fats were then placed into vacuum bags with vodka and slow cooked to allow the fats to interact as a liquid with the alcohol extracting as much flavour as possible. And the rest…is a secret.”

Thanks Matthew!

Le Quartier Lounge Bar is open from 12h00 – 24h00, the cocktail emporium is a stylish place to meet and relax in a comfortable yet trendy space.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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  1. [...] There’s something about Mary We can feel it in the air, summer is approaching! This weekend’s weather is looking mighty fine, so on Sunday 3, November we’re launching the first of our Bloody Mary & Oyster Sundays at Le Quartier Lounge Bar! Every week we’ll be making a different variation on the classic cocktail, incorporating interesting techniques such as fat washing with bacon and biltong. Find out more about our bacon and biltong vodkas. [...]

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