Ring in the New Year with the easiest (and tastiest) Bloody Mary Recipe.
I’m a sucker for a good Bloody Mary. Truth be told, I actually had never tried one until a few years ago. My husband would always order them and I’d find myself envious of the tomato drink packed with little finger foods. Apparently the only time I crave green olives and celery is when they are layered beautifully on a toothpick in my husband’s beverage. He would roll his eyes the very second his order was delivered to the table in anticipation of me reaching over and yanking the little treats right out of his reach. About three of four times of me doing this he finally put his foot down and told me that from now on I will have to order my OWN drink.
I caved and decided that I would give it a try. Surprisingly, vodka and tomato juice pair well together! It gives your drink a tiny zing that tastes A-MAZ-ING with cracked pepper. We’ve hesitated making our own version at home, but when I found out it was National Bloody Mary day I just couldn’t resist.
This recipe is so stinken easy. Toss your ingredients into a giant pitcher the night before, let the flavors blend together, and enjoy the cocktail over ice. I do recommend you adjust the ingredients according to your tastes. We like a LOT of pepper and lemon but if you’re not-so into it you can easily reduce those two ingredients. ALSO, don’t be stingy with the add-in’s! The veggies are totally what this drink is all about. We season the side of our cup with creole seasoning (obsessed and put it on EVERYTHING) and switch up what goes on the tooth pick. A few of our favorites? Tiny dill pickles, green olives, celery, banana peppers, bacon, or even shrimp!
- 4 cups tomato juice or V8
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- juice of two large lemons
- 2-1/2 teaspoons celery salt
- Hefty dash of Tabasco
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Celery, pickles, olives or whatever garnish you prefer
- 2 cups good quality vodka
- Combine the first six ingredients into a large pitcher. Stir and allow to sit overnight.
- Stir in the vodka.
- Fill your glass with ice and choice of garnish. Pour tomato mixture over the ice and enjoy.
Try Pepper Vodka for an even spicier drink. I suggest reducing the pepper you add to the recipe if you decide to go this route.
Adjust the lemon juice and seasonings according to your taste.
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