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.
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