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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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    saffrongold 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?

    1. Davwud May 25, 2008 02:57 PM

      Pho Shizzle

      Not exactly Vietnamese but close: Khmer Rouge.

      Saigon Suzie

      Pho Chi Minh

      Napalm ???

      Uncle Charlie

      DT

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

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

        DT

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        meinaustin 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. porker May 25, 2008 01:18 PM

          I like the "Me So Horny"!

          hows about
          Mekong Mary

          or
          Fee Fie Pho

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            Uncle Ira May 1, 2008 08:45 AM

            Okay. I've got one more...

            Pho-Get-About-It

            Sorry... Couldn't resist.

            Uncle Ira

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            1. re: Uncle Ira
              alkapal May 1, 2008 08:48 AM

              that's a great name!

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              jtpeters 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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                fussycouple 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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                1. re: fussycouple
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                  emerilcantcook May 24, 2008 06:41 PM

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

                2. cocktailqueen77 Apr 30, 2008 11:48 PM

                  How 'bout...

                  What The Pho?!?!

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                    Uncle Ira Apr 30, 2008 12:41 PM

                    Holy Pho

                    1. southernitalian 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 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?"

                      2. alkapal Apr 30, 2008 06:11 AM

                        hanoi jane

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                        1. re: alkapal
                          Davwud May 25, 2008 02:44 PM

                          Like that one.

                          DT

                        2. Gio Apr 29, 2008 07:51 PM

                          VietnaMary???? Just wonderin'.

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