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February 3rd, 2011 · Print Print

I am not usually much of a cocktail person.  For the most part, cocktail recipes are too sweet, too strong, or they just don’t taste good — give me a glass of wine or champagne over some sickly-sweet pink drink any day.

Every once in a while, though, I make an exception, and when I do, it’s inevitably for a bloody mary.

Because this isn’t really a cocktail, is it?  It’s more like a well-balanced meal in a glass.

…ok.  That’s a stretch.  But it’s a yummy, spicy mix of some great ingredients, and even to my cocktail-wary self, they taste great.

Which, of course, is largely due to the Tabasco sauce.  Being married to a Texan, I have a love-hate relationship with anything spicy — I like it in moderation, but it overwhelms me pretty quickly.  For this recipe, 6 drops of Tabasco saucy was just enough to enhance the flavor of the drink, but not so much that I’d take two sips and reach for a glass of milk.  If I were making it for someone with Chad’s tolerance, though, I could probably use the whole bottle.

Obviously there’s a big football game next week — as a former college cheerleader, I’ve seen enough football to last the rest of my life, but I can still get excited for the crazy, awesome spectacle that is the Superbowl.  So splash some Tabasco sauce on your pizza, chicken wings, french fries… or just serve a big pitcher of this.

FYI — I garnished this with a slice of apple instead of celery, because you guys know my absolute aversion to celery.  And a little sweetness is nice with all that spice!

This post brought to you by TABASCO® Original Red.  All opinions are 100% mine.

recipe: bloody mary

INGREDIENTS:

3 oz tomato juice
1 oz vodka
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp horseradish
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
6 drops TABASCO® Original Red
Celery stick or apple wedge for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients together in a glass or pitcher, stir well.  Pour over ice into a tall cocktail glass and serve.  Garnish as desired.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nicolette // Feb 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Now were talking. I love Bloody Mary’s but always forget about them. I don’t drink often, and can’t stand fruity sweet drinks either; which is why I go for Greyhounds / Salty Dog’s (grapefruit juice and vodka), when I do have liquor. I’m doing a spicy post tomorrow too!

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  • 3 Joanne // Feb 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I am totally with you on the cocktails AND the bloody mary.  And seriously, for all the calories that are in some of those cocktails…I’d rather just have a slice of cheesecake.  But a bloody mary is totally a healthy midday snack.  I mean it has TOMATOES!

  • 4 admin // Feb 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Grapefruit juice is the only juice I like!  That and straight lemon or lime juice — everything else is too sweet, I need a serious dose of sour.  That sounds amazing!

  • 5 Alexandra // Feb 4, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’m making bloody mary’s this weekend too! I did a chili infused vodka and it’s going to be the perfect spicy match! Also, a little olive juice a BM goes a long way :)

  • 6 Lexy // Feb 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    How did I miss knowing your aversion to celery.  What’s the story on that?  I’ve always thought it was a great helping of crunch and no calories…I mean, it takes more energy/calories to eat than are in the celery itself.

  • 7 Carly // Feb 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I always WANT to like the bloody mary…in theory it sounds SO refreshingly good…but I always make a face with the first sip and someone else ends up drinking it.
    I am with you …wine and champagne are my staples.
    HAve a great weekend and enjoy the game…SO boring with no cheerleaders, lol.
    C

  • 8 Megan // Feb 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    This looks awesome! And I too hate celery. :)

  • 9 Bloody Mary Recipe // Feb 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Delicious!  I’ve collected a few Bloody mary Recipes myself: http://www.mybigfatbloodymary.com I always welcome new additions though. 

    lately I’ve been infusing my vodkas with celery, radishes, peppers, and lemon.  The flavor is amazing and all that’s needed is worchestershire and tomato juice!

    Cheers!

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