Vodka Infused with Beef Jerky. Fail.

It’s not unusual for me to cook, eat or shop for food in my dreams.  The flavor is lacking – but so are the calories.

I recently had a detailed dream about infusing vodka with beef jerky.  It looked something like this:

Vodka Infused with Beef Jerky.  Fail. Vodka Preserving Recipes February Beef Jerky Beef

I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I shared the idea with many – all of them looked at me funny until I explained that the idea was to use the product for a Bloody Mary or Caesar.  Then, almost all, unscrunched their faces and then shared some curiosity.

I was pretty certain it was a bad idea but I just couldn’t get it out of my head.  For 3 whole days the idea just wouldn’t go away.  I knew the only way to purge it was to serve it.  And that’s when this was born:

Vodka Infused with Beef Jerky.  Fail. Vodka Preserving Recipes February Beef Jerky Beef

I bought some beef jerky, cut it and placed it in a small mason jar.  I then poured in enough vodka to cover it.  It’s a very small batch – I figured if I had found culinary brilliance I would make another batch of jerky at home and really go to town.

After 3 days, the concoction was awful.  It’s meat-tasting booze.  Exactly what it should be – but not what I dreamed about.

Meat-infused cocktails are not just for dreams (or nightmares).  Our friend Manny shared a link with me to a Moogarita and bacon infused vodka, bourbon and rye are not uncommon in some circles.  Time Magazine even got into the action and featured an article on Drinks Infused with Meat in 2010.

The jerky has been pulled from the jar and we’ll wait a few months before the final verdict is passed.  Infusions can mellow out and become far more subtle over time and perhaps some patience will pay off.  I don’t think it will ever be as good as what I dreamed about.


  1. Hmm maybe it would be good in a cesar or you could use it to slow cook a tomato based stew?

  2. Kudos for following the dream though. You know that the great cheese Humbolt Fog was developed by following a dream exactly the same way.

    As soon as I saw the title I figured you had a 50/50 for memorable or memorably awful :D

  3. A bar here makes a bacon infused Manhattan. It tasted greasy. If there’s one adjective I never want applied to something I am drinking, it is ‘greasy’.

  4. Melissa says:

    I actually had a Bloody Mary at a bar last week that had Beef Jerky Vodka and it was FABULOUS. (it wasn’t greasy tasting to me) It also came with a pickle wrapped in jalepeno infused bacon. Yum, all my favorite things. Unfortunately, this bar is out of town and I’m online trying to find where I can purchase said Beef Jerky Vodka to make my own concoction at home. At any rate, your dream has great potential. I think you should give it another go.

    • You’ll most likely need to make your own rather than buy it. I recently infused biltong, cracked pepper and chipotle with vodka to use in my bloody Mary’s in my bar. Experiment with it a little and you’ll eventually find something that works.


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