We have to admit that being Canadian, Bloody Mary’s has never been a favorite of ours. Mostly because they aren’t really served in Canada. You will rarely see a Bloody Mary on a menu and instead you will find all kinds of Caesars. So when Jones Dairy Farm contacted us and asked us if we would create a Bloody Mary cocktail for them using their products for some sort of topper, we jumped at the challenge. We’re food bloggers after all, and this sort of thing is fun for us! So we set out to first make a Bloody Mary that could convert even the most hard core Caesar drinker and a fun and delicious topper that a person might order for breakfast or brunch.
Before we agreed to do this post, we spent a little time researching Jones Dairy Farm and we were pleased with what we found. Debbie and I feel strongly about consciously choosing to eat quality meat that isn’t full of hormone and nasty by-products. We would never promote a product that we didn’t agree with. Especially a meat product. Jones Dairy Farm, a family business, has been around since 1889 and started off making all-natural sausages. As the years and technology progressed, they stayed true to their roots and refused to compromise their product with artificial ingredients. They believe quality is important and it shows in their products. I can safely say that their Cherrywood smoked bacon is the best we have ever tasted! To find out where Jones Dairy Farm products are sold, check out this link.
First of all, we decided that we had to make a bacon vodka for our cocktail creation. We used Jones Dairy Farm’s Cherrywood Smoked Bacon and set it to bathe in vodka for a week or so. Click here for instructions on how we make this savory elixir.
We made at least 3 batches of Bloody Mary mix and many alterations of each before we finally settled on one that we genuinely enjoyed. The one ingredient that might surprise some of you is pickle juice. This addition is an absolute must for us and just a touch of it gives the cocktail a dilly garlic flavor that is top notch. If you’re not a pickle fan, spicy bean juice will also do the trick and actually, I actually really like to add both!
On to the best part, the Waffle Double Decker Grilled Cheese! Now this was fun! We used Jones Dairy Farm’s Canadian Bacon, Pork Sausage Patties and a good ‘ole fried egg, and a bunch of gouda cheese. We layered them up and baked the layers in the oven to get all the cheese melted before putting it together and on top of our cocktail. We ended up having to make a couple of these before we figured out how to get them to balance in our drink. Kevin was more than happy to heat up the ones that didn’t work, drizzle some maple syrup on and chow down.
He liked our waffle grilled cheese so much that he told Mark that he had one and how good it was so we had to make these at Debbies house the next time I was there so that Mark could have one too! lol.
We had a ton of fun getting that grilled cheese to stay on top of our cocktails! They are tippy little suckers, but we got it sorted out. The trick is to put a long skewer in both sides of the triangle so there are two long ones holding up each grilled cheese. I have no clue how some restaurants have those huge toppers with burgers and a million other things as one topper! Whoever did that is skilled, let me tell ya!
Have a great weekend and have one of these puppies for brunch!
Bacon Infused Bloody Mary with a Waffle Grilled Cheese Topper
- BLOODY MARY MIX
- 3 cups tomato juice
- ½ cup water
- 2 limes
- 2 oz pickle juice
- 2 cloves garlic put through a press
- 2 tsp celery powder
- 2 tsp montreal steak spice
- 2 tsp worchestershire sauce
- 2 tsp hot sauceBLOODY MARY COCKTAIL
- 2 oz bacon infused vodka
- 6 oz bloody mary mix
- Lime wedge for garnishGRILLED CHEESE TOPPER
- 2 square waffles
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 fried egg
- 1 slice Jones Dairy Farm Canadian Bacon
- 1 patty Jones Dairy Farm Maple Pork Sausage
- 2 long skewers
- BLOODY MARY MIX
- Add all the ingredients to a large mason jar or pitcher. Shake or stir well. Place in the fridge to chill and let all the flavors come together.
BLOODY MARY COCKTAIL
- Fill a glass with ice. Add the bacon vodka and the bloody mary mix. Stir well. Garnish with a lime.
GRILLED CHEESE TOPPER
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut each of the waffles in half on a diagonal so you have 3 triangles. Discard the extra or use it for another sandwich.
- Fry up your egg in a frying pan. Over easy on both sides.
- Place the triangle waffles on a parchment lined baking tray. Top each of them with a little cheese. Place the Jones Canadian Back Bacon on one triangle and the Jones Maple Pork Sausage patty on another.
- Sprinkle another little bit of cheese on top of the Canadian Bacon and place the fried egg on top. Top with more cheese. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top of the Jones Sausage Patty as well and throw the tray in the oven.
- Watch your waffles carefully and when the cheese is all melted and gooey, pull the tray out and put the grilled cheese sandwich together right away so the cheese is still melty and holds it together. The Canadian Bacon and fried egg goes on the bottom, the waffle with the Sausage Patty goes in the middle and the last one goes on top.
- To use your grilled cheese as your Bloody Mary topper, skewer the triangle in two places with the long skewers, not too far apart, and push them through so that the top of the skewer is flush with the top of the waffle or just sticking out the top and the long part is underneath. Then place the long part of both the skewers in the Bloody Mary cocktail. This only really works with a taller glass.
- Have fun!