Meaty Bloody Mary

Meaty Bloody Mary

The Hang Fire Cookbook

To supplement the smoked meat section of this book, we thought it would be fitting to add a meat-infused cocktail. This is a vodka-based Bloody Mary, but you can substitute the vodka for gin if you’d prefer. Infusing the vodka for the cocktail is great way to pack flavour punch. It’s good to remember that alcohol is a solvent that strips flavours from anything it’s put in contact with; this is best proven with the peppercorns and meat in this recipe. Leftover Bloody Mary-infused vodka can be used as a marinade for meats, base for mussels or clams in a stew or in spaghetti sauce.


Quantity Ingredient
fine sea salt, celery salt or smoked salt
ice cubes
50ml bloody mary-infused vodka, (see below)
125ml fresh tomato juice with a pinch of salt, or shop-bought tomato juice
2 teaspoons lemon juice, plus extra for rim of the glass (optional)

For the Bloody Mary-infused vodka (makes 700ml)

Quantity Ingredient
700ml vodka
200g fatty cooked meat (bacon works well), chopped
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tabasco
10 whole black peppercorns
1 celery stick, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 pieces pared lemon rind

For the garnish (use whatever you have)

Quantity Ingredient
lemon wedges
celery stalks
red pepper slices
asparagus spears
green beans
grilled bacon rashers


  1. First, make the infused vodka. Decant your vodka into a 2-litre container and add the remaining ingredients. Allow the mixture to infuse at room temperature for 4–5 hours then put in the freezer for at least 12 hours.
  2. Strain the liquid and discard the solids. You now have spiced bloody Mary-infused vodka.
  3. This is another building cocktail. For an added touch, rub lemon around the rim the glass and dip it in some salt. Put some ice in the glass, pour in the bloody Mary-infused vodka, tomato and lemon juice, and give it a good stir. Finish with the garnishes.
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