If you have trouble finding maple bacon moonshine in the stores, you can make your own with this easy recipe. Ingredients include vodka (or a grain alcohol), 6 to 10 slices of cooked bacon and maple syrup. You’ll also need a mason jar.
You can use a maple bacon moonshine recipe to create a key ingredient for cocktails like a Bloody Mary or a Manhattan. You can even use it to put a twist on Caesar dressing for salads.
Preparing the bacon, which typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on whether you cook it in a pan or in the oven, is the most time-consuming step. After that, you essentially combine the key ingredients (vodka, bacon, and maple syrup) and let them sit for several weeks.
Using a Fat Wash for Moonshine
This recipe uses actual bacon strips in the alcohol to make maple bacon moonshine. But there’s another way to make bacon flavored moonshine without using the full bacon.
With a fat wash, you cook the bacon on a cooking rack and allow the grease to drip to the bottom of the pan as it cooks. Then save your bacon for eating or for another use, and use the bacon fat in the alcohol. Shake the mixture every few days and then strain it.
Looking for more amazing bacon recipes? Try this popular Spicy Candied Bacon recipe.
Maple Bacon Moonshine Recipe
- 1 Mason Jar
- 1 Frying Pan or Baking Pan
- 1 "fifth" 750 ml of vodka or grain alcohol About 3 cups or a "fifth"
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 6 – 10 slices cooked bacon Optional: glaze bacon with maple syrup or brown sugar while cooking
- Cook 6 to 10 slices of bacon. Pan fry about 15 minutes, flipping occasionally. Or bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- Allow bacon to cool.
- Place bacon slices into a mason jar that can hold just over 3 cups of liquid.
- Add 1 "fifth" or 750 ml of vodka (or other grain alcohol) and 1/3 cup of maple syrup.
- Allow mixture to sit for about 2 weeks. You can refrigerate it, but you don't need to. Just be sure the bacon is entirely submerged in vodka and that the lid is sealed tightly shut.
- Strain vodka or grain alcohol mixture with a cheese cloth to remove bacon slices and any bacon particles.
How to Make Bacon Infused Vodka (Bacon Flavored)
Make bacon infused vodka, or bacon flavored vodka, by combining key ingredients and letting the mixture sit for several weeks. Ingredients for bacon infused vodka are 6 to 10 slices of cooked bacon, 1/3 cup maple syrup, and one “fifth” (750 ml) vodka. Seal the ingredients in a mason jar tightly, and allow it to sit for about 2 weeks. Strain the bacon flavored vodka to remove the bacon slices and any particles out using a cheesecloth.
Maple Bacon Moonshine Bloody Mary
Maple bacon moonshine is the perfect ingredient for a Bloody Mary recipe, to take your Bloody Mary up a notch with a smokey flavor. Simply substitute vodka with the maple bacon moonshine.
To make a Bloody Mary with your maple bacon moonshine, try using a recipe with these ingredients for the mix base: 3 cups tomato juice, 3 Tablespoons lime juice, 3 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon horseradish, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, and dashes of salt and pepper. Combine in a blender. You can also add garlic powder, Old Bay, celery salt, or pickle juice to taste.
Add 1 ounce of maple bacon moonshine to a pint glass with ice cubes and top with the Bloody Mary Mix. Garnish with a celery stalk or pickled green bean or other veggie.
How to Make Bacon Infused Whiskey
To make bacon infused whiskey, you’ll need bacon, bacon grease, and whiskey (or bourbon). Cook about 6 to 10 slices of bacon. You can caramelize the bacon with a dusting of brown sugar as you cook it, if you like. Add cooked bacon, the bacon grease, and about 750 ml of whiskey to a mason jar. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 weeks, then strain the liquid.
You can keep you bacon infused whiskey on hand for mixed drinks that call for whiskey or bourbon, like a Manhattan.
Be sure to seal the bacon-whiskey infusion tightly before you store it. After you strain the bacon slices and fat particles, you can keep your bacon whiskey indefinitely to have on hand for making mixed drinks.