We as members of Tailgate Nation typically like bacon. (Honestly, other than vegans, who doesn’t like bacon?) Also, we tailgaters tend to enjoy an adult beverage or two. So it was a no brainer that the folks at Black Rock Spirits contacted us and asked if we would be interested in doing a product review of Bakon Vodka. I love bacon. I love Vodka. Bacon flavored vodka? Bring it on.
You have probably seen all the different types of flavored vodkas out on the market. They tend to lean towards the more fruit flavors like citrus infused vodkas or berry flavors. That’s fine and all but bacon infused vodka on the surface just screams that it is a manly vodka. Before I even received the sample bottle (Full Disclosure: The sample bottle of Bakon Vodka was provided free of charge but in no way influenced our opinion of the product.) I figured just the mere fact of having bacon flavored vodka at a tailgate party would give your parking spot that “wow” factor. Based on the uniqueness of the vodka it was already starting off on a positive note.
Checkout this news report on Bakon Vodka.
When the bottle first arrived and I took it out of the box, I liked the look of the bottle. It was not your typical round bottle but had square sides. Very cool and makes it stand out a little more. The logo of a bacon strip on the front removes all doubt that this is going to be another ordinary vodka.
Upon opening it I took a sniff to see if I could smell the bacon. It was definitely the first thing I smelled but it wasn’t overpowering. The folks at Bakon Vodka say their signature drink is the Bakon Mary. Basically a Bloody Mary but using Bakon Vodka. We still had some Jimmy Luv’s Bloody Mary Mix on hand so we mixed up a batch of bloody marys. The first sip was a bit cautious to make sure I was not missing anything. My initial reaction was, “It’s tastes as if crumbled up a crisp strip of bacon and sprinkled it on top of my bloody mary”. Needless to say, it was a great experience.
Upon finishing the bloody mary I then moved to shots. No need to call the Betty Ford Clinic. I was merely doing this purely for research sake.
I poured myself a regular 1 oz. shot and took it down. The Bakon Vodka shot was smooth and not harsh at all. The after taste was pure bacon. (Honestly, if someone asked me the one taste I would like to have permanently in my mouth, bacon is my top answer.)
I then started researching what other recipes might go well with Bakon Vodka. Here are a few that caught my as as either unique and original or just sounded like they would taste great.
Swine Flu Shot
• 1 part Bakon Vodka
• 1 part Jaeger
• 1 part Goldschlager
The Elvis Presley
The King himself would have loved this amazing combination of flavors.
• 1 part Bakon Vodka
• ½ part hazelnut liqueur
• ½ part banana liqueur
• splash of cream
Shake with ice and served like a Martini -or- strained into a shot glass.
Bakon Vodka Marinated Steak (Serves 6)
• 1/3 cup Bakon Vodka
• 1 tablespoon sea salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt
• 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed
• 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
• 3 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• A slice of beef cut from the top of the rump, about an inch thick or 24 ounces
Combine marinade ingredients and put into a closed container with the beef, making sure to evenly coat with herbs. Marinate for 3 hours at room temperature. Or for superior results, marinate for 1 to 3 days in the refrigerator before cooking.
Cook to preferred temperature, and enjoy.
So now that you have seen just a few recipes for Bakon Vodka you can check out more at bakonvodka.com/recipes.
After sampling Bakon Vodka in a bloody mary and just straight out of a shot glass, the verdict is we liked it. Check that. We loved it. Some flavors and smells are good to themselves and don’t play well with others. We were happy to learn that bacon and vodka not only play well together but we are wondering how this combination was not thought of before.
We would highly encourage you to try Bakon Vodka. Because Bakon Vodka is relatively brand new to the market it is not in every liquor store or bar on the map. Make sure to check out their website on where to find Bakon Vodka to see if it is carried near you. If not, they do offer purchase via mail order to certain states.
To learn more about Bakon Vodka and to possibly purchase a bottle for yourself, please visit: bakonvodka.com.