Bacon Bloody Mary

Bacon Bloody Mary

Man Food
Billy Law

For me — and most of us — the ultimate hangover cure has long been a breakfast big on bacon with a tall, spicy Bloody Mary. This tomato juice and vodka-based cocktail has been dubbed the world's most complex cocktail as its ingredients are more akin to a soup than a cocktail. But I figure why stop there — this is the ultimate hangover cure in one glass.


Quantity Ingredient
1 shot bacon-infused vodka, (recipe below)
250ml tomato juice
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1-2 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 slice Spicy beer and maple candied bacon
1 celery stalk

Bacon-infused vodka

Quantity Ingredient
4 slices Spicy beer and maple candied bacon
750 ml bottle vodka

Celery salt

Quantity Ingredient
10-12 celery leaves
olive oil spray
35g sea salt flakes


  1. Make the bacon-infused vodka a week ahead. Put the candied bacon in a large, clean sterilised jar with a lid, then fill it with the vodka (keep the original bottle), making sure all of the bacon is fully submerged. Screw the lid on tight, refrigerate and infuse until the vodka reaches the infusion level to your liking, from 3 days up to 1 week.
  2. Place a piece of muslin (cheesecloth) over a sieve and drain the vodka through the sieve into a clean jug. Do this twice to get rid of as much bacon fat in the liquid as possible. Using a funnel, pour the infused vodka back into the bottle and keep it chilled in the refrigerator.
  3. To make the celery salt, preheat the oven to 180ºC. Lay the celery leaves on a baking tray in a single layer, spray with some oil and sprinkle with the salt. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the celery leaves are dry. Remove and let cool. Grind the celery leaves and salt together using a mortar and pestle until they resemble green sand. Tip this out onto a small plate ready for dipping the rim of the glass.
  4. To make the Bloody Mary, wet the rim of a glass with water then dip it in the celery salt and set aside.
  5. Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the infused vodka, juices, sauces and pepper. Cap and shake to chill. Pour into the glass. Garnish with the candied bacon and celery stalk.
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