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Bacon Vodka Recipe with Printable Labels

If you’re going to make the Best Bacon Bloody Mary recipe, you’ll need a good bottle of Bacon Vodka. It’s so easy to make it yourself from scratch!

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!

From left, a martini glass, a bottle of bacon vodka and four cooked bacon strips, on wooden cutting boards

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!

Ingredients Needed

One pound of sliced bacon on the left and a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka on the right, against a wood background

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

That’s it!

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

Strainer

Cheesecloth

Measuring cup with a small spout or funnel

Empty bottle with lid

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.

14 slices of cooked bacon spread on paper towels to drain and cool.

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.

One pound of cooked, chopped bacon in a clear glass 9 by 13 inch baking 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.

Pouring vodka over chopped cooked bacon in a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish

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.)

Putting plastic wrap over the bacon vodka mixture in a dish, before refrigerating.

Strain out all the weird pale bacon pieces. Press down on them to extract all the delicious bacon flavor.

A strainer over a blue bowl with the bacon pieces (they look weird and pale) being strained out.

After the first straining, you will probably see small pieces of fat floating in the mixture.

A blue bowl with partially strained bacon vodka, showing small pieces of fat floating on the surface

Put a strainer inside a glass bowl or large measuring cup. Lay two layers of cheesecloth inside the strainer.

Two layers of cheesecloth inside a strainer which is on top of a large measuring cup.

Now strain the mixture through the cheesecloth.

A blue bowl filled with the bacon vodka mixture is being poured through a cheesecloth lined strainer into a large measuring cup.

Now, pour the double-strained vodka carefully in the bottle. You can use a funnel or a measuring cup with a small spout.

Using a measuring cup to fill the empty bottle with bacon vodka

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.)

A home laser printer with a sheet of paper printed with four BENSA Bacon Vodka labels.

Cut the label out with sharp scissors, using the pale gray lines as guides.

A hand show with a pair of scissors, cutting a sheet of bacon vodka labels

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.

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!

And here’s a collection of 45 bacon vodka cocktail recipes.

FAQs

How long does infused vodka last?

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.

Does bacon infused vodka go bad?

If you keep it refrigerated, it should retain its smoky deliciousness for many months to come.

What is bacon washed vodka?

With a subtler flavor, bacon washed 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.

Can you use bacon vodka for cooking?

You bet. We love adding it to our favorite recipes for Penne with Bacon Vodka Sauce, Chicken with Tomato Vodka Sauce and Salmon with Vodka Sauce.

Bacon Vodka Recipe

Eliza Cross
Make your own delicious, smoky, bacon-infused vodka for drinks and cooking with this easy recipe
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Infusing time 5 d
Total Time 5 d 1 hr
Course Bacon Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 25 1 ounce servings
Calories 64 kcal

Equipment

  • rimmed baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • paper towels
  • 9- by 13-inch baking dish
  • Cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • funnel
  • large measuring cup
  • printable full sheet labels

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound regular sliced smoked bacon, crisply cooked and well drained
  • 1 750 ml bottle vodka

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Bacon will keep in the refrigerator for at least 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounceCalories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 16g
Keyword bacon cocktails, bacon drinks, infused vodka
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A bottle of bacon vodka on a cutting board near four strips of cooked bacon and an empty martini glass.

This recipe was originally posted on March 12, 2014. It was completely updated with new photos and directions on May 31, 2021.

10 thoughts on “Bacon Vodka Recipe with Printable Labels”

    • I love the idea of combining Bloody Marys and in-law visits! Brilliant! Thanks for dropping by and saying hello, Liz.

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh wow! I have yet to make any type of infused vodka, but this bacon vodka definitely looks like the perfect place to start! I love the amount of control available when preparing at home.

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    • Tara, I agree with you about being able to control the ingredients. I was surprised at how pure and good the bacon flavor is. Somehow the bacon taste magically transfers to the vodka without getting weird at all. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the recipe! xo

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  2. 5 stars
    This looks interesting and I’m excited to make this soon! I’ve never heard of bacon vodka before but I have a feeling my hubby will love this!

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  3. 5 stars
    This vodka makes the best blood marys! I went with applewood and was so pleased with how those smoky notes came through, and the printable was so fun and cute.

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