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Bacon based cocktails? A perfect combination of sweet and savory

Photos and recipes courtesy of Christine of whatdoyoucrave.info

SPONSORED — There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Bloody Marys and those who are dead to me.

But seriously, how can you not love a cocktail that is also a meal? This particular Bloody Mary comes packed with savory snacks: bacon, shrimp, olives, celery. Yum!

Plus it gets an extra smoky kick from Heritage distilling Company’s naturally flavored bacon vodka.

Sriracha & Bacon Vodka Bloody Marys

Ingredients
For the Drinks

24 Oz. V8 (or whatever you prefer)
2 Tbsp. Sriracha
1 tsp. pepperoncini or pickle juice
2 tsp. green olive juice/brine
Few drips of Worcestershire
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
¼ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder
A little lemon juice
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
½ tsp. adobo sauce (optional)
Ice for serving

Garnish Suggestions
Bacon (this isn’t really a suggestion, unless you’re a vegetarian)
Lemon juice and salt for rimming the glass (I used a smoked salt)
Celery stalks
Peperoncinis
Olives
Shrimp
Lemon wedges

Instructions
What I used to spice my drinks isn’t set in stone, play around with flavors to customize your drink to your liking. I love mine very spicy!
Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and mix well to combine.
Squeeze lemon juice in a shallow dish and salt in a separate dish.
Dip glasses in lime then salt to rim.
Fill two tall glasses 1/3 of the way with ice.
Pour in vodka, I did about 2 oz.
Pour tomato mixture over ice, stir, and garnish with whatever your heart desires!


Carrie Cherry & Bacon Cocktail

A perfect combination of sweet and savory is what makes the world go round, at least according to my taste buds. And this clever cherry bacon cocktail, that gets its smokey bacon flavor from Heritage Distilling Bacon Vodka, definitely does the trick.

The most genius part? Cherry juice ice cubes! Avoid the inevitable watered down cocktail as these cherry juice cubes slowly melt into your drink as you leisurely sip.

Ingredients
10 oz. Tart cherry juice
2-3 tsp. Jalapeno simple syrup (recipe below)
2 oz. Heritage Distilling Bacon Vodka
1 Tbsp. Cherry preserves, optional
1-2 sliced brown sugar bacon, optional (recipe below)
3-4 Cherry juice ice cubes, for serving*

Instructions

Make the Bacon
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
Place however many slices of bacon you’d like on the sheet, sprinkling each with about 1 tsp. of brown sugar.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp and cooked through. Allow to cool before using.

Make the Simple Syrup
I made a spicy syrup by not removing the seeds or white vein from inside the jalapeño. If you don’t like spice you can omit the jalapeño altogether. This recipe makes enough for 2-3 drinks.
Heat 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, and a 5 jalapeño slices in a small saucepan.
Simmer on low for 3-4 minutes, tasting occasionally to test the spiciness. The longer it simmers the more of the jalapeno flavor with be infused.
Strain simple syrup into a bowl to remove the seeds band jalapeños.
You can store any leftovers extra in the fridge for a few days.

Make the Cocktail
Heat cherry preserves, if using, in a small bowl in your microwave for about 15-20 seconds. Dip your cocktail glass in the melted preserves to rim the glass. They may dip a little bit but will set when cooled. This just lends to the over-all effect.
Place ice cubes in a tall glass.
Pour in cherry juice, simple syrup, and Bacon vodka. Stir to combine.
Garnish with candied bacon and enjoy!

Notes
*If making cherry juice ice cubes, be sure to make the day before.

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Photos and recipes courtesy of Christine of whatdoyoucrave.info

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Rachel Belle

Rachel Belle is a feature contributor and personality on The Ron & Don Show on KIRO Radio (weekdays 3-7pm), and host of the twice-monthly, culinary audio adventure podcast, Your Last Meal.

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