Ghee-Washed Whiskey is an Indian-inspired take, and a vegetarian alternative, for the contemporary technique of fat-washing spirits.
About this Recipe
Rooted in the 2007 experimentations with bacon-infused bourbon, this version introduces ghee—a revered, vegetarian-friendly fat among Indians and South Asians.
The practice of fat-washing whiskey is still in its infancy. In 2007, bartender Don Lee experimented with and popularized bacon-infused bourbon. There is no reason to limit fat washing to bacon, however. With this technique of ghee washing, it is a technique can be enjoyed by vegetarians and anyone who avoids pork.
Occasions and Pairings
Ideal for a cocktail party, this creative fancy pairs well with whiskey drinks like the traditional Old Fashioned, a Dungar Old Fashioned, or a Chai Bourbon Fizz. Its distinctive nature offers a unique twist on traditional cocktails, providing a sophisticated and flavorful addition to your mixology repertoire, with that special nod toward Indian tradition.
Ghee Washed Whiskey
- 750 mL bourbon whiskey
- 2 oz warm ghee
- Combine whiskey and ghee in a jar with a leak-proof lid. Shake vigorously.
- Set at room temperature 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Freeze for 1 hour to solidify fat.
- Strain fat out with a cheesecloth.