Old Bay Bloody Mary with Candied Bacon

This Bloody Mary is made from scratch from a mix of vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire and horseradish and loaded with add-ons like celery, a snow crab claw and candied bacon. The resulting cocktail isn’t overly thick, since you don’t want to feel like you’re drinking a sauce, and it has just the right amount of spice from a combination of horseradish and hot sauce. The maple candied bacon adds a sweet and smoky flavor to the drink. Of course I end up snacking on the rest of the batch because who can resist bacon.

This cocktail is perfect for any Super Bowl party. While it is typically a brunch drink (the hair of the dog), I enjoy drinking it while watching football. I will be sipping on this while watching my Patriots play in the Super Bowl (again) this year. This is their second year in a row in the Super Bowl and (fingers crossed) we will get the same outcome. I am a superstitious person, especially when it comes to sports so I will be wearing my same lucky hat, sitting in my same spot on the couch and drinking my same bloody Mary!

 

Ingredients:

For the maple candied bacon:

1 pound thick cut bacon

1/3 cup maple syrup

½ (packed) cup dark brown sugar

 

For the bloody Mary:

1 lime wedge

1 tablespoon, plus ¼ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, divided

¼ cup coarse kosher salt

1½ ounces vodka

2/3 cup tomato juice

1 teaspoon Worcestershire

½ teaspoon horseradish

1 teaspoon hot sauce of choice

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

For serving:

1 celery stalk

1 snow crab claw

 

Instructions:

For the maple candied bacon:

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Add a wire rack over an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet (with high edges). Add the bacon to the rack. Brush the bacon with the maple syrup and sprinkle with half the brown sugar.

Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the bacon and brush with the maple syrup and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar. Bake until crispy, about another 15 minutes. Let cool.

 

 For the bloody Mary:

Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a pint glass. In a shallow bowl stir together 1 tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning and the kosher salt. Dip the glass in the salt mixture so it evenly coats the rim.

Fill the glass with ice then add vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, hot sauce, remaining Old Bay seasoning and pepper, stirring together until thoroughly combined.

 

For serving:

Add a piece of the candied bacon (reserving the rest for more bloody Marys), celery stalk and snow crab claw. Serve immediately.

 

Serves 1.

 

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