I have been known to be in charge of serving up Bloody Mary’s for my friends when we get together. There are many ingredients to choose from when you create your own but I tend to build and build and build upon flavors. I am a spicy kinda gal so I like to get mine to a level that makes you go “wow” not “ow” when served.
So, what do I gravitate towards? Here are some great choices to add to your Bloody Mary recipe.
The Standard Players
Tomato Juice, V8 or build upon a mix like Mr. and Mrs. T’s, Zing Zang’s or Tabasco.
***Be careful with Zing Zang as it tends to be really salty.
OR! Try this great mix and skip all of the work by buying Fat and Juicy. http://www.fatandjuicy.com/
Crystal Hot Sauce
Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Lemon Juice
My Additions: The Builders of Awesomeness
Slap Yo Mama Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Red Pepper Flakes
McCormick Grill Mates Molasses Bacon
**Sorry, no exact measurements are available. All to taste.
Last But Not Least
After you have built your Bloody Mary and poured it over your cold glass, filled with ice and your favorite Vodka (Well Vodka is fine folks. No need to be fancy unless you go for a flavored Vodka like Citron or a Cilantro flavored)……. add a jigger of Guinness. Yes, I said Guinness. It adds a new layer of flavor and a smokey flavor. I cannot take credit for this one. This was courtesy of Lilli Mac’s in Sunnyvale. http://www.lillymacs.com/
The Supporting Cast
Rim the glass with Bacon Salt http://www.jdfoods.net/
Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives (Do not get the kind that is jarred in Olive Oil)
My recipe is always changing so stay tuned as I find more great ingredients. Like Jalapeno or Ghost Pepper Salt or Ancho Pepper Powder as found at the Spice and Tea Exchange of Maryland in Annapolis.
And if you are wondering about what happened to Horseradish….it was purposefully deleted. No need for it in ANY Bloody Mary. Seriously. This addition is usually the downfall of any Barkeep making a Bloody Mary. The overuse of the pungent root is a crime in the world of great Bloody Mary’s. Keep it where it belongs. When eating oysters or to clear your sinuses.
What are some of your favorite Bloody Mary ingredients/recipes?