Conveniently falling on January 1st, National Bloody Mary day comes right in time for both those who celebrated the New Year more than they should have and those who want to start the new decade on a fresh & tasty note!! Either way, head over here for the recipe.
Whether you have decided to start the year on a dry note or not, the Bloody Mary – or its non-alcoholic alternative – is just the perfect go to drink as it provides both the taste of a great cocktail and the feeling of rejuvenation.
Classic 1920’s Cocktail, the Bloody Mary is widely recognized as one of the best hangover cures that exists and quickly made its way to all the brunch menus around the world. It has actually become so ubiquitous that pretty much any bartender, anywhere in the world, will be able to serve it to you whether it’s listed on their menu or not.
While the drink has many amazing variations (such as the Red Snapper, the Bloody Caesar or the Michelada), I am a fervent supporter of the original recipe and have perfected mine over the years. The good news is that I personally find it just as good without vodka, so dry january or not, here it is for your own judgement:
- 2 oz Vodka (omit for a non-alcoholic version)
- 4 oz Tomato juice (I particularly love the V8 Original)
- 1/4 oz Lemon juice
- 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
- 2 tsp Horseradish
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- Ground black pepper (One pinch)
- Celery salt (One pinch)
- Garlic powder (One pinch)
- Onion powder (One pinch)
- Black pepper (One pinch)
- Smoked paprika (One pinch)
*If you have the time to make this in advance, try infusing the mixture with fresh basil leaves wrapped in cheese cloth the night before for an extra flare!
- For the rim (if desired):
- On a small plate, mix the black pepper, celery salt and smoked paprika together
- Rub the lemon on the outer edge of a pint glass.
- Roll the glass rim into the small plate until rim is fully coated with the spices
- For the cocktail:
- Fill the glass with ice and pour in the Vodka
- Stir in the tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, smoked paprika and Tabasco
- Garnish with a celery stalk, green olives skewer, lime wedge, pickle or any other topping you want (bacon, steamed shrimp, beef sliders,…) and Voila!