When Life Deals You Tomatoes . . .

Make Bloody Marys!

The “Bloody Mary” in its most basic form is a drink made of vodka and seasoned tomato juice. Exactly where the Bloody Mary was first created is unsure. Some say Paris. Some say New York. Some say England. All that aside, here in the good old US of A the Bloody Mary is a nutritious breakfast, a good brunch item, and a hangover cure. Can’t ask for much more than that.
A Bloody Mary is one of the easiest cocktails to make. How hard is it, after all, to mix vodka and tomato juice.

20130926-191337.jpgMany, many more complex and more elaborate versions have come about all over the world, and it seems as if every good bartender has their own signature Bloody Mary recipe that he or she is proud of. The common garnish for the Bloody Mary is the telltale stalk of celery.
I have had Bloody Marys’ all over the map and I can honestly say I can’t name just one favorite. I can, however, name two. Coop’s Place in New Orleans, LA and Tomfooleries on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Both of these places feature consistently astounding BM’s. I did plenty of research and quality testing to qualify that statement.

I have seen over 50 different variations on this “meal in a glass”; the Bloody Molly (Irish Whiskey instead of vodka), the Bloody Maria (Tequila instead of vodka), and even the Bloody Hillbilly (Moonshine instead of vodka) just to name a few.
Here’s my take on the old classic.

20130926-191834.jpgWhat You Need To and What To Do With It:
V-8 Juice, 8 oz.
L & P Worcestershire Sauce, two shakes of the bottle
Cholula Hot Sauce, three dashes
Horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 Tablespoon Olive or Dill Pickle juice
1 Teaspoon A-1 Steak Sauce
Vodka, 2 oz.
Kosher Salt, dash
Ground Black Pepper, 2 dashes
Put the following in a pint glass – one dash of salt, two dashes of black pepper, three dashes of Cholula Hot Sauce, A-1, and two shakes of Worcestershire sauce. Then add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon, olive or pickle juice, and some cracked ice, put in two ounces of vodka and 8 ounces of V-8 juice, shake and pour.
Garnish with Olives, Salami, Celery, Cheese, Beans, Pepperoni, and whatever else you’d like to nosh on while getting your drink on.
Where have you had noteworthy Bloody Mary’s at? Let me know!

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