Cocktail Challenge: Kraft cheese powder | Cocktail Challenge | Chicago Reader

Cocktail Challenge: Kraft cheese powder 

Naha bartender Steve Carrow crafts a bacon-and-egg drink with an eye to Wisconsin

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Wilbur and a Cackleberry Dragged through Wisconsin

Wilbur and a Cackleberry Dragged through Wisconsin

Andrea Bauer

Challenged by Justin Anderson (Branch 27, the Bedford, La Sirena Clandestina) with the cheese packet from a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese, Naha bartender Steve Carrow looked north to the land of cheeseheads for inspiration. The name of the cocktail he concocted derives from diner slang: "wilbur" is bacon, "cackleberry" egg. Carrow's unorthodox but effective technique for simultaneously emulsifying the egg and chilling the drink is detailed in his new guide, The Potation Handbook. (Recipe below slideshow.)

Wilbur and a Cackleberry Dragged through Wisconsin

2 oz bacon-infused Maker's Mark bourbon
one whole egg
¼ oz honey syrup
Kraft cheese powder foam*
bacon slice

Break the egg into a build glass and add bourbon and honey syrup. Add 1½ ounces of ice and shake vigorously until the ice is entirely incorporated. Pour into a cocktail coupe, top with a dollop of Kraft cheese powder foam, and garnish with a slice of bacon.

*Combine one Kraft cheese powder packet with six ounces of warm water. Stir well and strain through a screen into a foam dispenser.

Who's next:

Carrow has challenged Derek Alexander of Longman & Eagle with baby formula (Alexander's a new father).

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Kate Schmidt

Popular Stories