Bacon lovers are going to have a lot of fun with this simple cocktail recipe that also includes the popular hard apple cider from Angry Orchard.
The Bacon Me Angry combines a bacon vodka with maple syrup and hard cider to create a warm, inviting, and delicious autumn drink. The flavor combination is very interesting and may have you thirsting for a good home-cooked breakfast as well. It also works well at a fall brunch and is surprisingly light on the alcohol.
The majority of the ingredients are very easy to come by and it is likely that they are already in your kitchen and bar. You will, however, need to make your own bacon-flavored vodka unless you come across a bottle of Bakon Vodka.
The great news is that the bacon infusion is very easy and quick. If you fry up bacon for breakfast, it is entirely possible to have a Bacon Me Angry after dinner that same night. The full instructions for creating bacon vodka are below the cocktail recipe.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Stir well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a brandied cherry and a small strip of bacon.
How Strong is a Bacon Me Angry?
Assuming that an 80-proof vodka is used, the finished cocktail should be right around 7% ABV (14 proof).
How to Make Bacon Vodka
Making your own bacon-infused vodka is very easy and will take about half a day to complete.
It is much like the bacon fat-washed whiskey used in this Big Fat Elvis shooter.
Vodka has a more transparent flavor than whiskey, so in this case, I would recommend infusing for about 4-6 hours. Of course, you can go longer if you want a more intense bacon flavor.
Essentially, we use the fatty grease produced from pan frying bacon to flavor the vodka. Technically, this technique is bacon washing rather than infusing. It is very easy and a great way to repurpose bacon fat after cooking a hearty breakfast.
For the ratio of vodka to bacon fat, I would recommend 1 tablespoon of bacon fat for every 375 milliliters of vodka. If you want to infuse a full 750-milliliter bottle of vodka, begin with 2 tablespoons of fat.
You Will Need:
- 375 milliliters vodka
- 1 Tablespoon bacon fat, cooled
- Pint-sized mason jar with tight-sealing lid (a quart jar should hold a 750ml bottle of vodka)
- Fine mesh strainer and either cheesecloth or coffee filter
To Infuse the Vodka:
- Begin by frying a few pieces of bacon. Enjoy eating the cooked bacon and reserve the fat for the infusion.
- Allow the bacon fat to cool for a few minutes.
- Fill a clean mason jar with vodka and add the bacon fat using the measurement recommendations above.
- Secure the lid on the jar and shake vigorously.
- Allow the jar to rest at room temperature for about 4-6 hours.
- Place the jar in the freezer for about 30 minutes until the bacon fat solidifies. Freezing will make the fat easier to remove in the next step. Don't worry, the vodka will not freeze.
- Place cheesecloth or a coffee filter in a fine mesh strainer resting on top of a clean jar or bowl and slowly pour the infused vodka into the filter. All of the bacon fat should be caught in the filter and if some goes through, repeat this step until your vodka is clean.
- Transfer the bacon-infused vodka into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. You can also use a funnel to transfer it back into the original vodka bottle.
- Label the bottle as "Bacon Vodka" (so there are no surprises) and store it as you would any other vodka.
Cocktail Recipe Courtesy: Angry Orchard