Bloody Mary with Maple Syrup Bacon
It’s five o’clock somewhere! Corrine Kozlak, author of our Maple Syrup cookbook, has just the perfect drink for you: a Bloody Mary with maple syrup-glazed bacon and lots of garnishes.
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Festive Bloody Mary with Lots of Garnishes
(For one Bloody Mary)
Lime or lemon wedge
2 ounces vodka
7 ounces Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
Skewered Maple Syrup-Glazed Bacon (recipe below), summer sausage, cooked shrimp, cheese cubes, celery, dill pickle spears, olives, and lemon wedges
Pour lime juice and maple sugar into separate saucers. Dip 1 (16-ounce) glass first in lime juice and then in maple sugar to coat edge. Fill glass with ice. Squeeze lime wedge into glass, and add vodka. Top with Bloody Mary mix; stir to combine. Garnish, if desired.
Maple Syrup-Glazed Bacon
This sweet-salt-fat combination takes beloved bacon to
greater heights. The neat and tasty technique makes bacon a stand-alone buffet item or a fun garnish for a Bloody Mary.
1 pound thick-sliced bacon
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Heat oven to 350º. Line a heavy rimmed half-sheet pan or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.
Spread bacon flat on prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes. Remove cooked bacon to paper towels; discard bacon grease from baking sheet. Place an oven-safe cooling rack on baking pan. Place cooked bacon on rack, and brush one side lightly with maple syrup. Bake 10 minutes or until syrup has caramelized and bacon is cooked to desired crispness.
About the author: Corrine Kozlak started her own business as a food stylist more than 20 years ago, and it still feels like an honor every time she sees her work in print. This cookbook is the culmination of what she has learned about creating, testing, and adapting recipes, as well as styling food. Corrine currently lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband of 40 years and their beloved dog, Boone.