The Bacon Bloody

The Bloody Bacon I must admit that over the years, I’ve become quite the connoisseur of bloody marys.  Particulary, spicy bloody marys.  I almost always choose the bloody mary over the mimosa when faced with cocktail options at brunch.  Paired with all manner of pickled goodies, the savory, spicy bloody mary is, for me, pure perfection on a lazy Sunday morning.  This Bacon Bloody features a bright, flavorful bloody mary blend mixed with spicy Bacon and Habanero Vodka.  Adorned with grassy celery, pepperoncini, olives and cornichons, this drink might just be the ultimate bloody mary.  Continue reading for the cocktail.

Garnishes The Bacon Bloody
Adapted from Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar.

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
Fine grain sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Bacon and habanero infused vodka

Lemon wedges, for rim
Kosher salt, for rim

Pepperoncini, for garnish
Cornichons, for garnish
Olives, for garnish
Celery stalks (with leaves attached), for garnish

Salted Rim

Add tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire, horseradish and garlic to food processor or blender.  Process until smooth and combined.  Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (I used just under 1 teaspoon of salt), pulsing to incorporate.  Transfer to a pitcher and set aside.

To make the cocktail, have three glasses ready, all the same size.  One glass will be used to serve, the other two glasses will be used to “shake” the cocktail.

Place a tablespoon or so of kosher salt on a small plate.  Run a lemon wedge around the glass to wet the rim.  Dip the rim of the serving glass in the kosher salt and move around to coat evenly.  Set aside.

Fill one of the remaining glasses completely with ice.  Add desired ratio of vodka and bloody mary mix.  I filled my glass ⅓ with vodka and ⅔ with bloody mary mix.  Carefully, slide the drink back and forth several times between the two “shaking” glasses.  This will mix and chill your cocktail.

Transfer the drink from the “shaking” glass to your prepared serving glass.  Garnish with a stalk of celery, pepperoncini, cornichon and olive (the last three speared with a tooth pick).

Makes 6 – 8 drinks.


  1. Miss Meshow says

    Oooooh…cornichons. The first go around I read “chicharones”. This looks like it’s right up my alley. i read your post about the infused vodka a couple days ago and now I’ll just have to make the whole darn thing.

  2. Brandon Matzek says

    @Miss Meshow Hahaha, yeah definitely not chicharones. I think this drink has just the right amount of pork already 😉

    @JD I wouldn’t recommend adding additional hot sauce to this Bloody Mary; however, that would be a delicious addition to a standard Bloody Mary. Thanks for the tip!

    @Brian Haha thanks!

  3. says

    I love love love this combination of ingredients! Anything with bacon gets bonus points in my book, and I love the idea of infusing vodka with bacon and habanero. Plus, the Bloody Mary recipe and garnishes sound fantastic. I’m actually going to go infuse some vodka today (with Buddha’s hand), and although it’s totally different from this, you’ve reignited my excitement for fun homemade cocktails!

  4. Jacqueline says

    My boyfriend is going to L-O-V-E this super spicy bacon
    infused vodka for his bloody mary….I’m making it tommorrow
    morning to give to him for Christmas! I only wish I had seen this
    last week so he wouldn’t have to wait to try it……I’m sure it’s
    deliscious. Today is my first time on your site, Brandon….I will
    be returning frequently! Thank you!

  5. says

    I love a good bloody too! The best bloody I’ve ever had is at Fulton’s at Downtown Disney in Orlando.
    Wishing you a new year filled with peace, love and happiness!
    xoxo, B

  6. Brandon Matzek says

    @Stephanie Mmm buddha hand citron infused vodka sounds delicious. I just love the smell of citron.

    @Jacqueline Thanks for visiting. I hope your BF enjoys the cocktail!

    @Flyover Foodie It’s never too late! And yes… this is a little slice of heaven. Given the heat level of this cocktail, I’m thinking a hell metaphor might be more appropriate!

  7. Leah says

    This all sounds wonderful minus the horseradish, for me that makes it taste too much like shrimp cocktail sauce. I love the bacon vodka though and the garnishes are fantastic. Looking forward to tasting this lovely concoction!


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