These adventurous martinis are perfect for cocktail hour before a dinner party. If you’re serving them at a party, I suggest making the candied bacon a day ahead so all you have to do at the party is mix the martinis and garnish them with your prepared bacon. Note: the candied bacon also makes a great salad garnish.
First, candy the bacon. Prepare a baking sheet with foil as in the first recipe. Coat each bacon slice in brown sugar. Arrange on foil-covered baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, as before. Use tongs to transfer to a cooling rack or clean plate and allow to cool.
Chill 4 martini glasses. In a large cocktail shaker or pint glass, combine the vodka, brandy/apple liqueur, amaretto and maple syrup with ice. Shake until mixed and chilled. Strain the cocktail into the 4 chilled glasses and garnish each with half a slice of candied bacon. Serve immediately.
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