Bacon vodka

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A "Bacon Bloody Mary" made with Bakon Vodka, a commercially available bacon-flavored vodka.

Bacon vodka is vodka infused with bacon flavor, part of a larger trend of "carnivorous cocktails"[1][2] and the addition of savory flavor to mixed drinks.[3] The infused alcohol can be sipped but is typically used in mixed drinks like the Bloody Mary or bacon martini.

History and commercial availability[edit]

Meat-infused beverages are not new to the cocktail world; one example is the "Bull Shot" at a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, Harry's Bar, in Venice, Italy, in the 1940s.[2] These type of drinks have been referenced by writers as far back as the 17th century, including by John Locke and Samuel Pepys, who imbibed and wrote about savory-infused ales.[4] A handful of bars and mixologists have been making bacon or other meat-infused cocktails for years, including the Double Down Saloon in Las Vegas and New York, which makes a Bacon Martini[5] and PDT (Please Don't Tell) in New York City, where the Benton's Old Fashioned was introduced in 2008.[6]. Smirnoff introduced bacon flavored shots on a limited basis in selected bars and pubs. Unlike some, these were vegetarian friendly. Mainstream interest in bacon vodka has been further driven by a pop-cultural interest in bacon, often called bacon mania.

In April 2009, Seattle-based Black Rock Spirits released a commercial vodka with a simulated bacon flavor, named "Bakon Vodka".[7] Bakon contains no actual bacon or animal product of any kind, and is vegetarian.[8] Following the trend, Heritage Distilling Company of Roslyn, Washington produced a bacon vodka that is, like Bakon, vegetarian, though distilled from grapes instead of potato.[9]

Homemade versions[edit]

Bacon-flavored spirit infusions can be made by adding bacon fat, stirring, freezing and then removing the solidified fat off the top. The process is known as 'fat-washing'.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stein, Joel (April 12, 2010). "Cocktails for Carnivores: Drinks Infused with Meat". Time.
  2. ^ a b Meat in a Glass: The Carnivore Cocktail – Los Angeles Restaurants and Dining – Squid Ink
  3. ^ "Umami in Cocktails :: Art of Drink". Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  4. ^ Bakon Vodka :: Story
  5. ^ Double Down Saloon – Home of the fabled Ass Juice, Birthplace of the Bacon Martini
  6. ^ "Scientists With Cocktail Shakers". New York Times.
  7. ^ Marianne. "Bakon Vodka". Royal Bacon Society. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Futterman, Lisa. "Holy pigs in a gimlet! It's bacon vodka". Chicago Tribune.
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  10. ^ Foodie Gossip: Fat Washing Process for Bacon-Infused Liquor

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