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Accidental discovery--maybe the best Bloody Mary(esque) cocktail ever? Need a name...

alanbarnes Apr 29, 2008 07:09 PM

So this weekend I was in charge of providing Bloody Marys for a crowd. This particular group of folks had responded positively to others' recipes that included beef stock, so I figured that that might be an interesting addition to my traditional mix. But there was no beef stock in the house.

Rifling the pantry, I came across a 28 oz. can of pho broth. Since it was basically just beef broth infused with Vietnamese herbs and spices like ginger, lemongrass and star anise, how bad could it be, right? I mixed it with half gallon of tomato juice and a quart of vodka that had been infused with peppercorns, celery seed, and horseradish, then shook it up with fresh lime juice and (keeping with the Vietnamese theme) fish sauce instead of Worchestershire and Sriricha instead of Tabasco.

I thought it was pretty good, but it isn't just me. Everybody RAVED about the stuff. One of my friends owns a moderately upscale bar in town, and he wanted details on the recipe.

So for those of you who enjoy a Bloody Mary, please feel free to try it. If you like it, or if you have any suggested tweaks, please advise. And if you can think of a brilliant name for my friend to use as he builds an empire on this unique cocktail, he'd appreciate it...

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  1. Gio RE: alanbarnes Apr 29, 2008 07:51 PM

    VietnaMary???? Just wonderin'.

    1. alkapal RE: alanbarnes Apr 30, 2008 06:11 AM

      hanoi jane

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        Davwud RE: alkapal May 25, 2008 02:44 PM

        Like that one.


      2. southernitalian RE: alanbarnes Apr 30, 2008 06:21 AM

        Oh my God! That sounds FABULOUS! "Me So Horny"? Is that too much? I would add a sprig of basil instead of a celery stalk to the glass. Maybe top it with a small slice of jalapeno? Sort of like a Pho (Faux) Bloody? What a great idea although I have never come across canneed pho broth.

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        1. re: southernitalian
          alanbarnes RE: southernitalian Apr 30, 2008 02:00 PM

          The basil is a great idea! Maybe a culantro leaf, too...

          At least around here (Sacramento, CA), all the Asian markets carry pho broth.

          Maybe "What the Bloody Pho?"

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          Uncle Ira RE: alanbarnes Apr 30, 2008 12:41 PM

          Holy Pho

          1. cocktailqueen77 RE: alanbarnes Apr 30, 2008 11:48 PM

            How 'bout...

            What The Pho?!?!

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              fussycouple RE: alanbarnes May 1, 2008 04:52 AM

              I gotta second that "hanoi jane" recommendation, that just is brilliant, alkapal.

              Most of my recommendations are either too corny or just plain inappropriate (funny, but inappropriate).

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                emerilcantcook RE: fussycouple May 24, 2008 06:41 PM

                I have to third this. What a wonderful discovery (this comes from a big pho fan)

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                jtpeters RE: alanbarnes May 1, 2008 06:59 AM

                Just replace Mary with a popular Vietnamese girl's name, like Nguyen or something. I think Charlie would be inappropriate though.

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                  Uncle Ira RE: alanbarnes May 1, 2008 08:45 AM

                  Okay. I've got one more...


                  Sorry... Couldn't resist.

                  Uncle Ira

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                    alkapal RE: Uncle Ira May 1, 2008 08:48 AM

                    that's a great name!

                  2. porker RE: alanbarnes May 25, 2008 01:18 PM

                    I like the "Me So Horny"!

                    hows about
                    Mekong Mary

                    Fee Fie Pho

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                      meinaustin RE: alanbarnes May 25, 2008 02:36 PM

                      To take a cue from the 2 Live Crew song and others suggestions on this thread:

                      Pho! Me So Horny

                      1. Davwud RE: alanbarnes May 25, 2008 02:57 PM

                        Pho Shizzle

                        Not exactly Vietnamese but close: Khmer Rouge.

                        Saigon Suzie

                        Pho Chi Minh

                        Napalm ???

                        Uncle Charlie


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                        1. re: Davwud
                          Davwud RE: Davwud May 27, 2008 05:14 PM

                          You have the Bloody Mary, the Bloody Ceaser, the Bloody Bull. How about the Bloody Charlie??


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                          saffrongold RE: alanbarnes May 27, 2008 03:34 PM

                          The name of the cocktail when it is made with beef stock is a Bloody Bull.
                          How's about naming yours a Khymer Rouge?

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