Introduction: Bacon Infused Vodka
For to long bacon has been shackled to the confines of solid food. Anguish and despair has befallen all who wish to enjoy their tasty tasty bacon past its known limitations.
Rejoice my fellow bacon lovers, for now with the infusion of vodka you can enjoy an amazing bacon flavored Bloody Mary...bacon and chocolate martini....bacon and maple syrup martini...or just by itself on ice with all of its wonder.
It is true, there are bacon infused vodkas out there in the market, but the main fault of these products is the taste and feel of grease and oil that come with them.
This instructable will show you how to infuse vodka with bacon but also remove the oil so all your left with is just the salty and smokey flavor of yummy yummy bacon.
This is my first instructable and I'm shooting for the Bacon contest....so if you like it, please vote!
Step 1: Materials Needed
BACON - 12 strips should be enough to flavor your vodka, but if you are like me...you may need more as not all of the bacon will survive to make it into the project
VODKA - 1 liter should suffice - and with all cooking...the quality of the ingredients will effect the final product. I'm not saying you need to go crazy at the liquor store, but I wouldn't recommend anything that comes in a plastic bottle
CONTAINER WITH LID
COFFEE FILTERS (OR SIMILAR)
Step 2: The Melding Begins...
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the crispiness of their bacon.
For the infusion I used bacon that was cooked to where it was still flexible and wouldn't crumble.
Just place all of the bacon in the container with the vodka, close lid and let sit for 4-5 days at room temperature (infusions work better at room temperature and the alcohol will keep you safe)
Step 3: Strain and Freeze
After the vodka has had time to soak up all of the bacon flavor, its time to remove the bacon.
I used a mesh colander to catch the bacon and the larger pieces of grease, but you could just remove the bacon by hand.
Next put the vodka in the freezer. This will cause the oils to solidify which will make them easier to remove.
Step 4: Filter, Freeze and Repeat
After the oils have solidified, you'll want to strain the vodka through a coffee filter to remove the oils. The oils will clog the filter, so I'd do small amounts at a time and change the filter when the vodka stops dripping through.
Take the filtered vodka and put it back in the freezer and repeat this step. The more times you repeat this step, the less oily the final product will be. I filtered three times.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Once you satisfied with the filtered vodka, its time to enjoy the fruits (or meats) of your labor. Here are some recommended drinks to use your bacon vodka with:
Chocolate Bacon Martini:
2 oz of Bacon Vodka
3/4 oz of Godiva Chocolate Liquor
Splash of Half & Half
Shake all with ice and strain into a martini glass
2 oz of Bacon Vodka and your favorite Bloody Mary mix. If you normally like your Bloodies spicy...I'd lay off the spice this time because the bacon is the star of this show
And then there is just the bacon vodka chilled by itself...but the possibilities are endless