Introduction: Bloody Mary With Bacon Swizzle Sticks

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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??)

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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!


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.
  • 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!