New spin on classic brunch cocktail - Bacon & Balsamic-Infused Bloody Mary


 

Once you experience the rich and tangy notes of this full-flavored Bloody Mary, you may never go back. The infused vodka and homemade Bloody Mary mix take a little time, but you can reserve the extra to make future cocktails that much easier!

Ingredients

Bacon & Balsamic-Infused Bloody Mary:

  • 1½ ounces Bacon & Balsamic-Infused Vodka
  • 4 ounces Basic Bloody Mary Mix (or mix of your choice)
  • Garnishes of your choice
  • 1 lemon wedge, for rimming glass
  • Sea salt, for rimming glass

Basic Bloody Mary Mix:

  • 46 ounces Sacramento Tomato Juice
  • 4 ounces Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces Tabasco Sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 2 lemons

Bacon & Balsamic-Infused Vodka:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced bacon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 750 mL bottle of vodka

Preparation

To make the Bacon & Balsamic-Infused Vodka, sauté olive oil and onion for 5 minutes, add bacon and cook for another 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Combine 2 cups of the bacon and balsamic reduction with vodka in an airtight container. Infuse overnight, then strain and pour back into the bottle.

To make the Basic Bloody Mary Mix, combine all ingredients, mix well and store refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use. 

For the cocktail, rub lemon wedge around rim of a pint glass, then roll rim of glass in sea salt to coat. Fill with ice and set aside. 

Combine vodka and Bloody Mary mix in cocktail shaker, stir and pour into pint glass. Finish with your chosen garnishes.



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