Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mocktail: The Fresh Virgin Bloody Mary

Let's make a bloody mary!

Celery salt
Worcestershire sauce

Shaker with a strainer
Highball glass
Blender and a sieve

Most people use tomato juice when they make fresh Bloody Marys. No, let's be honest, most people use the Bloody Mary mix you see in the drink aisle at the store. Well, most people use vodka too, but that's not happening on this here blog. I decided to make fresh, fresh Bloody Marys using actual tomatoes.

Stick the tomatoes, half a rib of celery, 1/2 tsp celery salt, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, a couple dashes of Tabasco, juice of half a small lemon, a couple parsley sprigs, and a scant 1/2 tsp horseradish into a blender. Blend it. Go ahead. Now strain the juice from the pulp using your sieve. Taste the blend and see if it needs more salt, etc., and then pour into a shaker with ice inside it. Shake it. Go ahead. Pour it through the strainer into a highball glass. Garnish with lemon and celery rib.

That's a tall glass of Bloody.

Now that I've gone through the effort of making my own tomato juice? Meh. I don't think it's worth it. In fact, it was kind of not that great. 

Alright, it was bad.

Unless you have a pile of tomatoes lying around you need to use up, just use bottled juice (GASP.) I noticed that when I made my own juice the mocktail separated. Bottled juice is cooked to prevent all that jazz, plus it tastes better. Bloodys are notoriously editable; add in ingredients, take them away, it doesn't matter, it's all in good fun: beef bouillon, lime, more horseradish, extra Tabasco, whatever.


What do you put in your bloody mary?


Lindsey Johnson said...

Yes please!

(Word verification: achill)

sarah k. said...

a) Isn't that pretty much V8?

b) Canned tomato juice is cooked, therefore likely reduced, therefore more tomato-ey and less likely to separate. I bet if you just added the one more step, you'd have something to sing about.

c)I bet you didn't add any high fructose corn syrup. That stuff is freaking delicious, and makes anything you add it to also freaking delicious.

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Anonymous said...

I love Bloody Marys.
I normally just use spicy V8. But, I like to make a kosher salt, poppy seed, celery seed, cumin kind of mix and then salt the rim of my glass. Really yummy!