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Dec 18, 2012 09:37 AM

Alternative Bloody Mary?

Any thoughts on a different take on the bloody? If with gin, which one(s)? Or is there another a.m. libation for the season?

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  1. I have done Virgin BM as a chaser for fine tequila shots instead of lime.

    Best one I ever had used a bacon infused vodka though.

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    1. re: melpy

      As a Canadian, I have to give a shout out to the Bloody Caesar, which is just a bloody Mary but with Clamato instead of tomato juice.

      I have tried my Caesars with tequila and with gin. If your drinks aren't of the boozy type, you won't notice a whole lot of difference from one to the next. I'd give the edge to gin, personally.

      If you like a spicy Bloody Mary (or Caesar), what about adding some sour orange juice to the mix (1 juicy lime for every 1 cup freshly squeezed OJ)? So, one part tomato juice to one part sour orange juice. Mix with vodka (or gin or tequila), a dash or three of tabasco and worcestershire sauce. Sounds pretty good to me.

      BTW, I'm very fond of vodka that I have infused with very hot dried chiles, which allows me to eliminate the tabasco, which to me is just salty and acidic.

      1. re: melpy

        "Virgin Bloody Mary as chaser for a tequila shot" is known as "sangrita." Great stuff.

        1. re: davis_sq_pro

          A good sangrita contains tomato, orange, and lime juices in a 4-2-1 ratio, plus Tabasco or equivalent to taste. As you say, great stuff. The bottled stuff sucks, you have to make your own.
          A Bloody Mary made with tequila is a Bloody Maria.

          1. re: Veggo

            "A Bloody Mary made with tequila is a Bloody Maria."

            And was my breakfast yesterday.

            1. re: MGZ

              I hope that was a sign of a good Christmas Eve and a start to a great Christmas Day!!

            2. re: Veggo

              I'm a devotee of fine Bloody Marys, but the substitution of tequila for vodka takes this cocktail over the top. After stumbling--perhaps literally--upon Maria, I may never drink another Bloody Mary.

        2. I make my own bloody mary vodka, have never tried it with any other booze. I would think the juniper in gin would be too distinct and brown booze just seems weird.

          I infuse vodka with fresh horseradish root, lemon peels, garlic and ancho chilies. All you need for an amazing bloody is homemade tomato juice, a stick of celery and some crumbled bacon on top!

          1. A Corpse Reviver #2 would, by definition, be a good morning libation.

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            1. re: EvergreenDan

              I guess a Corpse Reviver #2 was originally a morning libation, but I can't imagine drinking one first thing in the morning... unless I was still going from the night before.

              Something along the lines of a Ramos Gin Fizz would be more my speed, if I were looking for an alternative to a Bloody Mary.

            2. Not that this is alternate involving booze......I like to use a pepper vodka.....I haven't tried it with the new jalapeno vodka's that are out there but just the regular pepper flavored.

              I like to use more or less a watered down cocktail sauce....heavy on the horseradish (hot) and I actually like to chop up or use brine shrimp in the drink it'self. You can also use crab meat....make it a chunky meal type cocktail....but if your looking for away to cure your morning hangover.....have one of these and you will be well on your way!!