Posted by Guest Contributor, Christina Conrad.
Once a month Christina shares an original cocktail recipe… this month – a classic Bloody Mary!
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September means many things. Football season tailgates, back-to-school soccer games, lazy Sunday mornings illuminated with autumn sunlight. It’s not about the specifics of that which brings us together; it’s about the arsenal you pack. Tomato juice, Demitri’s Classic Bloody Mary Seasoning Mix, Tabasco, limes, ice, pickled vegetables, olives, beef jerky… that’s right, this month we make Bloody Marys. Bloody Marys are not just a beverage in my house; they are a way of life. They represent time, hard work, sweat, burnt finger tips, struggle, loss of sleep, laughter, a messy kitchen and a great buzz.
It wouldn’t be so hard if we didn’t pickle our own vegetables for garnishing.
These jars not only represent commitment, but memories. There was the time we didn’t use gloves to scrape out the seeds inside jalapeños. It wouldn’t have been bad, but the burning didn’t start until after we’d washed our face, brushed our teeth and put on lotion. Our whole bodies seemed to be on fire.
Then there was the time Eddie did beans on his own one weekday, late into the night. I was lying in bed on the phone with a friend listening to her recount adventures, country by country, as she flew around the world vacationing. I had had an exhausting twelve-hour day. I looked to the kitchen, realizing my hair now smelled of the wafting vinegar brine and wondered if I had made a misstep in life.
This year we went big. We bought an entire 20lb case of green beans and spent hours literally up to our elbows in salt and spices. Why this strong commitment to a cocktail? Nothing else can simultaneously kick a hangover and start your day off in a welcomed fuzzy haze like a spicy, salty, acidic Bloody Mary. I’ll drink to that!
- Serves One:
- 2 shots vodka
- ½ cup low-sodium tomato juice
- 12 drops Tabasco
- 1⅕ tablespoons Demiti’s Bloody Mary Mix
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- dash of celery salt
- ½ lime, cut into wedges
- Garnish with any or all: pickled vegetables, beef jerky, lime slice, celery, green olives.
- Spread celery salt on a small plate, wet the rim of a pint glass and dunk into salt to coat rim; fill glass with ice, pour vodka over ice. Add all ingredients, stir and garnish with anything you can think of!