You don’t have to be the scion of a sports conglomerate or a bored tech billionaire to make your own custom-crafted spirits. With a bottle of high-quality vodka and some flavors of the moment you can create mixology-worthy liquor for mixing up fine cocktails at home. Bacontini, anyone?
Put three tablespoons bacon drippings and 750 milliliters vodka in a glass container and shake to combine. Freeze until bacon fat is solidified. Strain through a coffee filter to remove bacon fat.
Combine about six quartered oranges, lemons or limes and 750 milliliters vodka in a glass container. Cover and let sit for a week or more, until the flavor has developed. Remove citrus.
Mix a cup of your favorite dried whole chilis (such as chipotle) with 750 milliliters vodka in a glass container. Cover and let sit for a week or more. Remove peppers when the heat level is right.