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Ghee Washed Whiskey | Fat Washed Whiskey (No Bacon)

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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.

Ghee Washed Whiskey showing a glass and the jar.

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.

A glass of ghee washed whiskey with a craft cocktial ice ball.
Ghee Washed Whiskey showing a glass and the jar.

Ghee Washed Whiskey

The fusion of tradition and modern mixology with Ghee-Washed Whiskey, a unique concoction blending Indian-inspired ghee with the contemporary technique of fat-washing bourbon, resulting in a smooth and subtly buttery flavor.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 hours
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 293 kcal


  • 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.



Calories: 293kcalSodium: 1mgPotassium: 3mgIron: 0.05mg
Keyword fat washed whiskey, ghee washed whiskey
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