This is my third post on a favorite cocktail, The Bloody Mary. For years Gene made his own Bloody Mary mix and I canned it. I grew so many tomatoes that Gene came up with his own concoction; go here for his original recipe. Once we no longer had the big garden and all of those fresh tomatoes I found a different recipe to use. See Bloody Mary with Tabasco-Spiked Ice Cubes. Not that fresh homegrown taste but good enough!
Then along comes this recipe from the Food Network Magazine and when I read “bacon-flavored vodka” of course I had to try this recipe. We just love our bacon in all kinds of things, so why not a Bloody Mary, a perfect pairing actually.
Smoky Bloody Mary with Bacon
- 6 slices peppered bacon
- 3-1/2 cups tomato juice
- 1-1/4 cups bacon-flavored vodka, or use regular vodka
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. horseradish
- 2 tsp. chipotle hot sauce
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp. celery salt
- Freshly ground pepper about 1/2 tsp.
- garnishes such as celery stalks, green onions, olives, and peppered bacon and a straw might be nice
Cook the bacon until crisp, remove and drain on paper towels. Combine the rest of the ingredients except for the garnishes and refrigerate in a pitcher.
To rim the glasses, combine equal parts salt, black pepper and paprika and mix well on a small plate. Rub the rims with water and dip each glass into the mix. You could also use just celery salt and dip the glasses in it. A third way would be to combine 3 tbsp. sea salt and 1 tsp. smoked paprika.
When ready to serve add your ice cubes then the tomato juice/vodka mixture. Garnish with celery stalks, lemon or lime wedges, green onions, olives and cheese cubes on a stick, a slice of crispy peppered bacon or any other garnish you prefer. Some other good choices are red pepper rings, okra, cooked shrimp.
Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com