I can't remember the last time I had a BLT, but suddenly everyone in my household was clamoring for one at the same time. We decided to elevate it a bit, try something new, and I think we definitely succeeded. This sandwich is so good I would serve it to guests and it's quick and easy to make, so you can indulge even on a weeknight.
To go with our sandwich (and make use of our haul from the farmers' market), we also came up with a simple cocktail utilizing what was left of my peach lemonade. It's the perfect Mason jar cocktail and a nice accompaniment to the BLT or grilled meats.
Thick cut bacon (3-4 slices per sandwich)
Heirloom tomatoes (we use Creole tomatoes, a local heirloom)
Tabasco or other hot sauce
Look for a hearty bacon. We used a local, thick cut, hickory smoked bacon. You can find something comparable in better grocery stores or your local butcher. To make a seasoned mayonnaise, simply mix your mayonnaise (I'm partial to Hellman's) with Tabasco, to taste.
2 fresh peach wedges (+ 1 for garnish)
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
2 dashes Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
2 oz. peach lemonade
1 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels
Muddle 2 peach wedges with the Simple Syrup and bitters. Add ice, peach lemonade, and Jack Daniels. Stir to combine. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (or make a double and strain into a Mason jar). Garnish with a peach wedge.
Simple Syrup: Bring equal parts water and sugar just to a boil; stir to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat. Set aside to cool. Keeps refrigerated for up to a month or so.