This is vodka that would be disgusting to take a shot of straight, but holy is it ever good in a Caesar or Bloody Mary! You might think that it’s a waste of good bacon to infuse vodka with it rather than eating it for breakfast, but it is worth it! And who said you can’t have a bacon infused Caesar for breakfast? No one! That’s who.
We used Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Cherry Hardwood Smoked Bacon for this. Holy that’s a mouthful 🙂 Jones Dairy Farm sent us some products and asked us to create a Bloody Mary for them (spoiler alert) so we used their bacon to make this savory elixir. It made a super flavorful and smoky bacon vodka, but there were more than a few pieces that make it into our mouths and I have to say that it is quite possibly the best bacon I have ever tasted. It’s thick and smoky and slightly sweet and the flavor is amazing. Thank goodness they sent us 2 packages 😉 One for the vodka, one for breakfast!
It doesn’t matter how you cook your bacon, but make sure to throw the whole pack of bacon, fat included, into the jar you are making your vodka in. Don’t worry, the fat will harden and you will strain the vodka before you use it.
Debbie and I like to make our bacon on a foil lined baking tray in the oven. It’s easy to cook the whole package all at once and especially easy to clean up. All you have to do once it’s cooked is fold up the foil with all the junk in side and chuck it in the trash. It’s also really easy to cook the bacon to how you like it in the oven. I have found that its pretty easy to overcook bacon in a frying pan, but pretty hard to overcook it in the oven. As long as you keep your eye on it. If you haven’t tried to cook your bacon like this, try it next time. You will never do it another way.
Have a fun and relaxing long weekend filled with family, friends, and cocktails!
- 1 package of Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Bacon (or other bacon of your choice)
- 3 - 4 cups vodka
- Jar with a tight lid to hold your bacon vodka
- Cook your bacon. We like to cook it by laying flat on a foil lined baking tray in the oven for about 15 to 20 mins at 375.
- Let your bacon cool down just a bit and then stuff it all into the jar you are making your vodka in. Resist the urge to eat all of it! Pour in all the fat and everything too. Don't worry, the fat will be removed later.
- Pour in the vodka and close the lid on your jar or container tightly.
- Let the vodka sit in a cool place for 2 to 3 weeks.
- when you are ready to use your vodka, strain the liquid as you take it out of the jar to get rid of the fat and bacon pieces. Throw all that in the trash.
- Store your vodka in another jar and you can keep it in the fridge if you like.