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I love bacon (duh) and I love Bloody Marys, so I could think of nothing better to round out my Sunday brunch than a bacon-infused Bloody Mary.  If you're feeling feisty, you can mix up your own Bloody Mary mix as follows, but if you're still feeling your Saturday night, a store bought mix works just as well.  It's the bacon swizzle sticks that really sell this cocktail and make it a memorable addition to any brunch. (Isn't brunch just the best??)

This recipe inspired by seriouseats.com.

Ingredients:

Swizzle sticks:
  • BACON - one strip per serving
  • skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak in water for 20 minutes before baking)

Bloody Mary Mix (makes 1): 
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt, mixed spices or table salt
  • 1/4 lemon, cut into two wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or less to taste)
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (I prefer Chipotle Tabasco! )
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish (or wasabi)
  • 2 ounces vodka (or tequila)
  • 4 ounces high-quality tomato juice (not from concentrate - this is the most important part!)
  • 1 splash bacon syrup*
  • Garnish: 1 stick celery, 1 lemon wedge, 2 olives, pickled asparagus, go nuts.  And don't forget the bacon!
*Torani makes a bacon-flavored syrup, or you can use some of the strained and cooled bacon fat.  But it's still good without the bacon syrup!


Directions:

Swizzle sticks:
  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Piece one end of bacon with a skewer.  Wind the bacon around the skewer, and pierce the other end.
  • Bake on foil-lined tray for 10 minutes.  I placed them on a rack to help them drain as they cooked.
  • Carefully flip the skewers and bake another 10 minutes.
  • Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • Let cool before removing skewers.
Bloody Mary Mix:
  • Add Worcestershire, soy, black pepper, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and horseradish to bottom of cocktail shaker.
  • Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, tomato juice, bacon syrup and juice of one lemon wedge.
  • Shake well.
  • Taste for seasoning and heat, and adjust as necessary.
Assembly:
  • Shake celery salt onto a shallow dish.
  • Rub edge of glass with lemon wedge.
  • Coat wet edge with celery salt.
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Pour in Bloody Mary Mix.
  • Garnish with bacon skewers and other accoutrements of choice.

Go brunch!


<p>I think Bacon Salt (yes, that's a thing) would do well as a rim salt in place of the celery salt. I've used it on my own bloodies before to great effect. Personally, I find &quot;bacon flavored&quot; syrups to be pretty sickening and bearing little of the wonderful qualities that real bacon holds. If you really want that good bacon flavor to smack you in the kisser, try muddling some Bacon Jam (also a thing) in with the vodka before adding the rest of the ingredients.</p>
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OMG! I didn't think this could get any better!
WOWs! Gotta try this TG morning.
Perfect! Such a fun way to make bacon too
I love it. It seems like such a natural mix.
Add blue cheese to this for weapons grade bloody mary.
These bacon swizzle sticks rock! I'm not a huge fan of celery and after finishing a bloody mary, I'd much rather nosh on a bloody mary infused bacon swizzle stick than a piece of celery. YUM!

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