Spicy Bloody Mary with Candied Bacon

Every, and I do mean every, Sunday should start with this glass of deliciousness. There's really not even a reason to eat...

Every, and I do mean every, Sunday should start with this glass of deliciousness. There's really not even a reason to eat anything with it, as the garnishes can be anything imaginable. I've even seen Bloody Mary's where mini hamburgers have been perched on skewers. I'm not suggesting that you add burgers or whole fried chickens to your Bloody, but if you're feeling so inclined, just remember to invite me over.

For our version of the Bloody Mary we, of course, used bacon. Not just any bacon, but Spicy Candied Bacon! Yes really! It's so easy to do when you use our Smoky Honey Habanero rub.

Just sprinkle on Smoky Honey Habanero spice rub and bake it for 15-20 minutes at 425º F and VIOLA you have the most incredibly tasty bacon ever. I like using a wire rack (cookie cooling rack) sprayed with non-stick spray set over a rimmed baking sheet to really crisp the bacon up. I flip them halfway through and that's it. Super easy! Use this smoky sweet candied bacon for this Bloody Mary or crumbled on salads or into pasta dishes.

Ingredients

  • 3  Cups  spicy tomato juice (like Spicy V8)
  • 1  Tablespoon  horseradish powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  Worcestershire or Maggi
  • 4  Ounces  Vodka, or to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • Hot sauce, optional
  • ice
  • candied bacon
  • chili salt (recipe follows)
  • pickled green beans
  • lime wedges
  • celery stalks
  • radishes
  • mini cheeseburgers (couldn't help myself)

Directions

In a large pitcher add all of the ingredients (tomato juice through hot sauce). Stir to combine.

Rub the outer edge of 2 glasses with a lime wedge and roll in chili salt. Add a few cubes of ice to each glass and pour the tomato mixture over.

Garnish with the candied bacon, pickled green bean, lime wedge and radish. Serve immediately.

Chili Salt Recipe
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon crushed chili flakes

Add both to a small bowl and stir together.

Bloody Mary Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Bloody Mary Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.