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Mar 29, 2005 10:22 AM

Best bloody mary recipe?

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I'm sensing a trend on the board today...Anyway, want to have bloody marys for an upcoming brunch and am looking for your best recipes/tips for a nice spicy cocktail.

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  1. I've never made these in bulk, only as individual drinks, but here is my bloody mary recipe that has been well-received whenever I've served it:

    Throw a handful of ice cubes in an "old-fashioned'" glass. Add two shots of vodka (premium brand isn't necessary as you'll be obliterating the taste -- I use Smirnoff). Fill the rest of the glass with tomato juice; for this I try to use a good brand -- I particularly like Knudsen's.

    Add a twist of fresh-ground black pepper, a pinch of cayenne powder, a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce, and three good shakes of celery salt. Give it a really good stir, and add a lemon wedge to which you've given a gentle squeeze to release a little juice.

    Hmm, wish I had one now.

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    1. re: Nom De Plume

      I would add hot sauce and some prepared horseradish.

    2. I can't give you quantities, because I wing it every time. For my mix, I use V8 juice, then add tabasco sauce, prepared horseradish, salt & pepper and freshly squeezed lime juice. Add vodka to taste. I've always thought it was delicious & had my suspicions confirmed when I made Bloodies for a brunch at which several accomplished chefs were in attendance. Two of them told me it was the best Bloody Mary they'd ever had – and this was before they'd had 3 or 4 ;^}.

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      1. re: GG Mora

        ditto. i'll also add worcestershire, and the one thing that makes them really kick-ass is using spicy pickled green beans as garnish. you'll never go back to celery!

        1. re: Nab

          I was so inspired by this thread that I bought provisions and made Bloodies last night. While making them, I remembered – yes, DUH – the Worcesterchestershire sauce. Also, the fresh bottle of Tabasco I bought came with a small sample of Chipotle Tabasco – not enough to impact an entire 1/2 gallon of mix, but it would, of course, be the perfect addition.

          I had a small glass of the mix (virgin) with breakfast this morning. Hoo-eee, what a start to the day (I make 'em mighty spicy).

          1. re: GG Mora

            Endorse all you say. Substituting Balsamic for the lime juice is an interesting variation. If you like it REALLY spicy, as you say, try also adding some top quality sriracha to the mix! I have a glass of virgin every day at 10am, so have done quite a bit of mixing and matching. Cheers.

      2. I don't have a recipe, but i found a great mix, this weekend. Everyone agreed that it was the best and spiciest bloody mary they'd ever had. The company makes it is called Pain is Good.


        1. My secret ............ to any of the recipes you decide to try just add the appropriate proportion of (shhhh) Roses Lime Juice. It mellows it to perfection.

          1. k
            King of Northern Blvd

            Some things I have used with the basic recipe posted below are a couple of green olives with some juice, a teaspoon or so of prepared mustard or have even had them made with Clamato which is interesting....