Smoky Bloody Mary with Bacon

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.

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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.

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I am bringing spicy Bloody Mary cocktails with bacon for everyone, with or without the vodka to Fiesta Friday #59.  Thanks to Angie, Jhuls and Mila for hosting/co-hosting another great party.

41 thoughts on “Smoky Bloody Mary with Bacon

  1. Hi Judi, hoping the weather is improving for you in Michigan?! I can not drink any alcohol it does not nor has it ever agreed with me but I was thinking a Virgin one with bacon sounds great since I to grow tomatoes as you know. I agree with Loretta everything is better with Bacon…


  2. Bloodies are hands down my favorite cocktail. They might be THE reason I get out of bed on Saturdays. Looks amazing – and has me craving the weekend!


  3. Bacon flavored vodka?! It sounds amazing, and quite tasty. I also love your presentation, the sword through the olives with the strip of bacon is beautifully. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend!


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  5. Hmm, I really don’t know how this cocktail tastes like because I’ve never eaten bacon, but this sounds really good. 😀 Happy FF, Aunt Juju. xx


  6. hmm, bacon-flavored vodka does sound interesting, and definitely fun to play with. But I guess I’m in the minority, because I tried a piece of bacon in a bloody mary recently, and it just tasted like ice cold wet bacon! Somehow I’m missing out!!!


  7. It’s all in how you prepare the cocktail. The peppered bacon was the favorite garnish with my friends. This kind of bacon is thick and peppery and pairs beautifully with a Bloody Mary. It was not cold, it was left whole and chewy (because it was thick) but still had a crispness to it. Most people eat the garnishes right away so there was no complaints like your experience.


  8. WHOAAA now, this is certainly speaking to me, and perfect for a Friday! I love anything that’s smoky!!!!!!!! MMMM 🙂 What a great addition the day!!


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