Happy Friday, friends! It’s the weekend and I’m sharing my cult-classic Bloody Mary, just for you. Or I could just say this is a primer on how to make the perfect Bloody Mary! I love these because Bloody’s (we’re on a first name basis) are a great pick-me-up after a long Friday night, and perfect for rallying at Saturday morning tailgates! The Bloody Mary is a meal in a cup. Stocked full of veggies, cheese, meat, and any fixins you like.
Bloody’s are versatile and easy to assemble in the back of your trunk at a tailgate. No bottle openers or fancy glasses required. Bloody Mary bars are also a great group activity. Designate a friend to bring each ingredient, and you’ve got yourself a group assembled bar station. I think the biggest mistake people make with Bloody Mary’s is they try to overdo it. A great Bloody Mary doesn’t need 100 different ingredients to make it good. It just needs a handful of complementary spices and flavors to make it exceptional.
You can make this recipe the long way or the fast way – I’m quite pleased with both variations. The long way includes making and creating your own Bloody Mary mix, and the fast way includes using Zing Zang as your base (and ONLY Zing Zang!). When I make it the long way, I prefer making it with V8 juice instead of pure tomato juice because plain tomato juice doesn’t have the same depth and flavor of V8. V8 is also a bit thinner and tomato juice can get kind of goopy and thick.
What you need:
- V8 Tomato Juice (or Zing Zang, life-hack method)
- Vodka (I prefer Tito’s)
- Worcestershire sauce
- Celery Salt
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Ground Black Pepper
- LOTS OF ICE (Imperative)
- Fixins: Celery, Pickles, Pickled Okra, Pickled Asparagus, Pepperencini Peppers, Lemons, Limes, Bacon, Green Olives, Carrots – get creative!
Homemade Bloody Mary Mix Directions:
- The night before serving, pour half the jug of V8 into a pitcher or large bowl. Pour in about a 1/3 cup of Worcestershire, 1 tbsp celery salt, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, and 3 tbsp black pepper
- Stir, and pour back into bottle with remaining V8 to serve. Shake together.
Tailgate Drink Assembly:
- Fill a cup to the brim with ice
- Five dashes of Worcestershire over the ice
- Two shakes of celery salt
- Five shakes of garlic powder
- Five shakes of onion powder
- Two shakes of black pepper
- Two shakes of tabasco, or more – to preference
- Pour vodka over ice in a circular motion – I usually do a 5 to 7 second count (#tailgatemath)
- Pour homemade Bloody mix or Zing Zang over everything until about a half-inch from top of cup
- Mix cocktail by pouring between two cups – don’t skip this step!
- Garnish Bloody’s with your favorite accoutrements. Because you’re fancy and you say accoutrements.
Food Gal Al
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