Bacon Bloody Mary

Inspired by the Elite Cafe, San Francisco, CA
Serves 8

For the bacon-infused vodka:
1 750 ml bottle of Skyy Vodka
1 pound sliced Black Forest Bacon

1 5-ounce jar grated fresh horseradish
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Sriracha chili sauce
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Two 32-ounce bottles of Clamato Tomato Juice
Ice cubes
Celery salt to rim glasses (optional)
Garnishes: crispy cooked bacon strips, celery stalks, pickled green beans,small dill pickles, caper berries and green olives.

For the bacon-infused vodka: Slice 3/4 of the pound of the bacon into 1 inch squares. Reserve the remaining bacon slices, and fry later until crispy brown and use for garnishing the glasses.

Placed the chopped bacon pieces in a large, deep skillet and fry until crispy brown over a medium heat. Remove the skillet from the heat and pour in the vodka (reserve the bottle for decanting. Deglaze the skillet, scraping up all the brown crispy bits. Allow to cool, cover and place the skillet in the refrigerator overnight. Skim off the fat and bacon bits that have rise to the top. Strain the vodka, once or twice through a cheesecloth lined fine mesh strainer to remove the sediment to yield a light brown clear vodka. Decant the vodka from the reserved bottle.

For the Bloody Mary mix: In a large pitcher, combine the horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha sauce, lemon juice, salts, and black pepper. Add the Clamato tomato juice and sir well. Cover and chill overnight or at least 4 hours for the flavors to marry.

To serve: Dip the rims of of glasses in water, then dip each in small plate sprinkled with celery salt. Add ice cubes to glasses and pour in tomato juice mixture. Add 2 ounces of the bacon-infused vodka to each glass, stir. Garnish each glass with a strip of crispy cooked bacon, a pickled green bean and celery stalk. Top the glasses with skewers of olives, caper berries and mini dill pickles.

COOK'S NOTES: I used Black Forest bacon, but applewood smoked bacon is also a nice choice. Use freshly grated horseradish - not sauce - look for it in the refrigerated cases at the market. You may substitute Tabasco sauce for the Sriracha sauce. The tomato juice mixture also makes for a very tasty alcohol-free beverage.