Homemade Bacon-Infused Vodka for Meat Lovers

Published April 18, 2022
Fried crispy bacon slices

Ingredients

  • 6-10 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked
  • 750mL vodka
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large clean bottle or jar, add prepared bacon and vodka.
  2. After capping, swirl container gently.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 4 days, swirling the container gently each day.
  4. Sample by pouring into a glass. If you want more flavor, allow to steep longer.
  5. Carefully remove bacon and discard.
  6. Pour the infused vodka into the second clean bottle, filtering with the cheesecloth.
  7. Carefully seal.

You can use the infused vodka right away. You can also store unused vodka tightly sealed in a cool, dark place for approximately one to two years without flavor being affected. Discard when the flavor starts to fade or tastes "off."

Variations of Bacon-Infused Vodka

Balance out the salty, savory flavors of bacon with something a little light, or go all-in with earthy flavors.

  • Take things to the sweeter side by adding a half cup of maple syrup, not to mention this will become breakfast in a bottle.
  • Add a teaspoon or so of brown sugar to sweeten things up.
  • Give your bacon vodka some heat by infusion with a tablespoon of black peppercorns, and you can go up to two for a bold black pepper flavor. Or, use pepper bacon.
  • If you prefer a different style of heat, slice up to two fresh, clean jalapeños to add to your bacon infusion. Be sure to omit seeds.
  • Peel and slice half a shallot to give the bacon vodka a deeper umami flavor.
  • Toss in half to a full cup of peeled and cubed pineapple.

Bacon-Infused Vodka Cocktails

There's no way of striking out in any cocktail when you use bacon vodka.

Bacon Bloody Mary

Bacon Bloody Mary

Add a little protein to your veggie-packed bloody Mary-- mom would be proud of this balanced breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces bacon-infused vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire
  • 2 dashes each salt, pepper, and paprika
  • Ice
  • Bacon, olive, and parsley sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add bacon vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, and seasoning.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with bacon, olive, and parsley sprig.

Bacon Old-Fashioned

Bacon Old-Fashioned

Slip your bacon-infused vodka in with a little bourbon to leave everyone speechless with this old-fashioned. Don't tell the bourbon lovers your secret.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces bacon-infused vodka
  • ½ ounce bourbon
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
  • 3-5 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Bacon strip for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add bacon vodka, bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with bacon strip.

Liquid Breakfast

Liquid Breakfast

Load up on your vitamin C with this spin on the beloved breakfast shot.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bacon-infused vodka
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • ¾ ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ ounce maple syrup
  • Ice
  • Orange wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add bacon vodka, orange juice, butterscotch schnapps, and maple syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange wheel.

Bacon Martini

Bacon Martini

Keep it classy with a bacon martini, but make it dirty with just a splash of olive brine.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bacon-infused vodka
  • ½ ounce olive brine
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Olives for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, bacon vodka, olive brine, and dry vermouth.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with olives.

Mixers for Drinks

Just like the food, bacon vodka pairs well with a list of mixers, especially breakfast staples.

  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Coffee
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Maple syrup
  • Butterscotch schnapps
  • Bourbon
  • Rum
  • Tonic
  • Plain club soda
  • Flavored club soda, including orange, tangerine, and pineapple

Bacon-Infused Vodka to Defy Expectations

Surprise your friends and group chat with a delicious bacon-infused vodka. From modern spins to updated classics, fill your Instagram grid with the tasty treasures you'll be whipping up. Just be ready with the recipe when people inevitably beg for your secret.

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