Bacon is in everything these days adding smokey goodness to breakfast, burgers and deserts, so how can you go wrong with bacon and booze? This Independence Day weekend inspired me to try a few cocktails that included bacon. After all, that is what this country was built on, the right to try new things and the freedom to enjoy them!
Happy Birthday America! Let’s sit back and watch the fireworks while sipping a luscious cocktail.
In the spirit (get it? Spirit!) of fairness, I would like to credit the photos to the site owners that are sourced below. I wanted to make and photograph each recipe, but this blog would never get done as I would be snokered!
Good Ol’ Bacon Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is a classic and the first cocktail you would expect a lovely slice of bacon in. This cocktail takes it up a notch with Bacon infused Bourbon from Ol’ Major Bourbon.
- 1 1/2 ounce Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon (or your favorite Bacon Bourbon)
- 3 ounce Ol’ Major Bacon Bloody Mary Mix (or your favorite Bloody mix)
- (1 teaspoon of horseradish, if preferred)
- Ol’ Major Maple Bacon Salt to Rim the Glass (or make your own! Get the recipe)
- 1 stick bacon to garnish (Well-cooked, left to dry on a paper towel)
- Combine Bacon Bourbon, Bloody Mary Mix, and horseradish (if desired) in a shaker. Stir, then gently swirl until ingredients are well mixed.
- Using Bacon Salt, rim a large glass or mason jar
- Pour your drink into the mason jar and garnish with a piece of thoroughly cooked and fairly dry bacon.
Butternut Squash and Bacon Bloody Mary
Personally, I have never been a fan of the tomato based Bloody Mary. I have always been jealous of those who can drink them as it is a great excuse to have that cocktail in the morning. Well, this one is my new “Bloody Mary,” now I have MY excuse! This Bloody Mary is served at New York City’s Hospoda restaurant.
- 2/3 Cups butternut squash puree
- 1/3 Cup vegetable stock
- 2 Tablespoons freshly grated horseradish
- 1 dash of salt
- 1 Tablespoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 Ounce vodka or bacon-infused vodka
- chopped bacon, to garnish
- lime wedge, to garnish
Create a pre-mix of vegetable stock (about 1/3 cup) and Butternut squash puree (about 2/3 cup), boiled together and then cooled. Mix until it attains the consistency of V8. Mix in freshly grated horseradish to taste, a dash of salt, and fresh ground pepper. Add vodka and serve over rocks, garnishing with extra crispy smoked bacon and a wedge of lime to add that missing acidity.
The CoCo Pig
Chocolate and bacon…. how can you go wrong?!
• 2oz Bakon Vodka
• 2oz chocolate liqueur
• 1oz Irish cream
• A splash of cream
Garnish with a piece of chocolate covered bacon!
Combine in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain and pour into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Yum!
The Bacon and Egg Martini cocktail
From London Cocktail Club, Goodge Street.
- 2 oz Jack Daniels infused with smoked bacon (or your favorite)
- 1 Egg White
- 1 oz Maple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- Dash Angostura Bitters
- candied bacon
Dry shake all the ingredients (except bacon) without ice to wake up the proteins in the egg white. Then add ice and shake again before pouring the elixir into a martini glass. garnish with candied bacon.
You could do many variations of this cocktail….
- nix the maple syrup and lemon juice and add a heaping teaspoon of orange marmalade and lime juice
Bacon Jalapeno Margarita
This one is my recipe for margaritas, spiced up! A refreshing drink for a hot summer day!
- 2 oz Bacon infused Tequila (see recipe below)
- 1 oz Orange liquor (Grand Marnier, Cointreau etc)
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz sour mix *
- few slices of jalapeno
- crisp bacon
- bacon salt
Rim a margarita or martini glass with a slice of lime and with bacon salt.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients (except bacon and jalapeno) with one slice of jalapeno. Shake vigorously. Pour in prepared glass and garnish with a few slices of jalapeno and a slice of crisp bacon! Enjoy!
*sour mix – 3 parts sugar, 2 parts water (shake until sugar dissolves) then add 5 parts lemon juice – shake… and you have homemade sour mix!
So all these recipes call for bacon infused liquors. My wallet can’t take it! Here are some recipes to make your own bacon infusions:
Special thanks to Southern Living
Remove 1/4 cup bourbon from bottle. Pour warm bacon grease into bottle. Cover and let stand 4 hours, shaking bottle occasionally. Chill 3 to 7 days. Pour bourbon through a wire-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter into a bowl; discard filter. Clean bottle. Pour strained bourbon into bottle, and store at room temperature up to 6 months.
Bacon Infused Tequila
Special thanks to SloshSpot
- 2 oz. bacon fat
- 1 bottle tequila
To create this elementary mixture, together in a large jar, combine some fried bacon, 2 oz. bacon fat and the bottle of tequila. Close the lid up tight and store in the freezer for approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Once the wait is over, take the jar out and separate the thickened bacon fat from the now bacon infused tequila and you’re all set to go.
There is never a bad time for bacon or booze! Enjoy these recipes and please let me know in the comments if you have your own you want to share or if you tried any of these! Happy Independence Day!
Tip: Please don’t drink and light fireworks!