This easy recipe for bacon infused vodka is perfect for making the Best Bacon Bloody Mary recipe. It’s so simple to make bacon flavored vodka from scratch, and you’ll be amazed at the pure bacon taste!
When you make your own homemade bacon-infused vodka, you can control the intensity and quality of ingredients. You can also create a pure product with no artificial flavorings, and enjoy the fantastic flavor that comes from creating it yourself with your favorite bacon.
This recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s basically well-cooked bacon soaked in vodka until the smoky, bacon-y flavor transfers to the alcohol. We’ve even included a printable label that you can affix to the bottle for a fun gift! (Need more bacon food gift ideas? You might also enjoy our recipes for Bacon Salt, Bacon Onion Jam and Bacon Jerky!)
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Why Bacon Vodka is Worth Making
- You can enjoy pure bacon flavor in any drink you want to mix.
- The recipe is super easy.
- You can use bacon vodka in tasty cocktail and food recipes. See ideas below.
- The process only takes a week, and you’ll be amazed at the vodka’s pure, deep bacon flavor.
- Bacon-infused vodka makes a great gift for your favorite bacon lover!
Making this bacon flavored vodka couldn’t be easier, and you might already have these ingredients on hand:
- One pound of your favorite bacon
- One .750 ml bottle of vodka
Best Vodka for Infusing
You can use any brand of vodka you like for this recipe, but here are three things to think about:
If you’re going to be sipping the vodka straight or using it in a very vodka-forward recipe such as a martini, use a top quality brand.
If you’re going to be combining the vodka with a mixer or cooking with it, then you can use a mid-range brand if you like.
If you’re going to dilute the vodka to make something like Purple Porky Passion Punch, feel free to go with the inexpensive stuff.
We chose 360 Vodka for this recipe, because we like the company’s commitment to sustainability and the bottle has a nifty resealable lid.
Best Bacon for Flavoring Vodka
You can alter the taste of your vodka depending on how you plan to use it, and make the recipe with any kind of bacon you like – it’s totally up to you!
- Applewood smoked bacon lends a nice smoky, savory flavor.
- Regular smoked bacon will be more subtle.
- Maple bacon adds a little sweetness.
- Pepper bacon will add spicy flavor.
Kitchen Equipment Needed
You don’t need fancy tools or supplies to make this vodka, and you may already have these items on hand:
- One large baking sheet, plus aluminum foil and parchment paper for lining it
- One 9 x 13-inch baking dish
- Measuring cup with a small spout or funnel
- An empty glass bottle with a swing-top ceramic cap
For the custom label, you’ll need an 8 x 11-inch label sheet or printable paper, and access to a computer printer.
Step by Step Directions
The first step is to cook the bacon. We prefer cooking bacon in the oven because it’s so easy and foolproof, but you can fry it, broil it, or use your favorite method. Drain the bacon really well on several layers of paper towels.
If your bacon is very crispy, crumble it finely with your hands. If it’s chewy, use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to chop the bacon strips as we’ve done here. Then spread it in a 9 by 13-inch dish.
Chopping or crumbling the bacon in small pieces and spreading it in a large pan means you’ll have MAXIMUM BACON EXPOSURE for the best flavor!
Pour all of the vodka over the bacon.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 7 days. (Beyond a week, we didn’t detect a noticeable difference in the depth or strength of bacon flavor.)
Strain out all the weird pale bacon pieces. Press down on them to extract all the delicious bacon flavor.
After the first straining, you will probably see small pieces of fat floating in the mixture.
Put a strainer inside a glass bowl or large measuring cup. Lay two layers of cheesecloth inside the strainer.
Now strain the mixture through the cheesecloth.
Now, pour the double-strained vodka carefully in the bottle. You can use a funnel or a measuring cup with a small spout.
You’ll find four different label styles you can choose from, all on one 8 x 11-inch PDF.
Print the label on blank adhesive-backed label sheets or plain paper. (If you use plain paper, you can affix the label with an adhesive like rubber cement.)
Cut the label out with sharp scissors, using the pale gray lines as guides.
If you used label sheets, you can peel the backing off and carefully place the label on the bottle.
If you printed it on paper, you can use an adhesive like rubber cement to affix it to the bottle. Make sure the bottle is very dry and apply a thin coating of rubber cement to both the label and the bottle. Let it dry for a moment to get tacky, and then carefully press the label on the bottle. You can sign or number the label if you want to personalize it.
How to Store Bacon Vodka
We recommend that you keep the bacon vodka in the refrigerator for optimum storage. The longest we’ve been able to keep a bottle here at the BENSA test kitchen fridge was six months, and at that time the flavor was still pure and delicious. We suspect it will last much longer under refrigeration.
Now that you’ve learned how to make bacon infused vodka, your custom bottle is ready for drinking or gifting!
Drink Recipes with Bacon Vodka
If you’re wondering “How do you drink bacon vodka?” some of our favorite cocktail recipes include:
Best Bacon Bloody Mary – perfect for brunch, tailgating and weekend sipping!
Dirty Bacon Martini – James Bond would love this one. Shaken, not stirred, of course.
Pigskin Brew – a manly bacon boilermaker!
If you strain the mixture through a coffee filter and keep it refrigerated, DIY bacon vodka will last indefinitely but should ideally be drunk within 6 months for the best flavor.
If you keep it refrigerated, it should retain its smoky deliciousness for many months to come.
With a subtler flavor, fat washed bacon vodka is made from the bacon fat and pan drippings that are left over after cooking. It’s generally infused for a shorter time than true bacon vodka.
Bacon Vodka Recipe
- aluminum foil
- parchment paper
- paper towels
- Cutting board
- kitchen knife
- large measuring cup
- printable full sheet labels
- 1 pound regular sliced smoked bacon, crisply cooked and well drained
- 1 750 ml bottle vodka
- Crumble or chop the cooked, cooled bacon into small pieces and spread it in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
- Pour all of the vodka over the bacon. Tightly cover the dish with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for 5 days, stirring occasionally.
- Set a mesh strainer over a large glass or ceramic bowl. Strain the vodka to remove the bacon pieces, which you can discard since all the bacony flavor has transferred to the vodka.
- Pour the vodka in a large glass measuring cup or pitcher. Line the strainer with 2 pieces of cheesecloth, set over the bowl, and strain the vodka again to remove any remaining fat.
- Pour the bacon infused vodka back in the bottle. Affix a label if you like. Store in the refrigerator.
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This recipe was originally posted on March 12, 2014. It was most recently updated on September 19, 2021.