As we move from Football Season to Brunch Season, get ready with everyone’s favorite daytime drink, the Bloody Mary. Five variations! Are you ready for some football? Or maybe a nice brunch? And how about a Bloody Mary or two? Cause nothing says it’s okay to drink in the daytime like a Bloody Mary!
Yes, happily for brunch-ers everywhere, the classic alcoholic beverage has an early-imbibing respectability. As in, “what do you mean wait ‘til 5; I’m not waiting ‘til noon”. Key to this would be the serving of vegetables delivered via tomato juice.
I mean, it’s practically food.
Not to mention, it readily converts to the alcohol-free Virgin Mary. Hooray, now I can have two.
Of course, a lot of the pizazz of the Bloody Mary comes from the garnishes. A classic addition can be as simple as a celery stick or pickle spear. But for serious Bloody-lovers, anything goes. Bacon, asparagus, olives, cheese, sausage, even shrimp.
Mini-burger on a slider bun? Poke it with a stick and add it in!
Looking for the simplest mix? Buy vodka and a mixer. But for some real fun, read on.
Uncle George’s Bloody Mary. My brother-in-law is famous for his traveling setup which he brings to parties! His flavor is close to the classic, but with a little kick ensured. Alas, he makes the drink like everyone’s Grandma cooks—a dash of this and a little of that. But I think I’m at least close in my rendition below.
Virgin Mary. Key to a good alcohol-free cocktail, is making sure there is enough flavor. Fortunately this isn’t a problem here. Yes, I still remember the virgin margarita I had while pregnant. Almost. No. Flavor. (The waitress suggested a Virgin Strawberry Margarita in the future.) For the Virgin Mary, prepare as usual–just leave out the vodka!
The Caprese. This delivers an Italian twist—and is a great way to “class up” an event. Muddle a couple basil leaves with a splash of balsamic vinegar in the bottom of the glass. Then proceed as usual. Top with a garnish of fresh mozzarella, basil and cherry tomatoes.
The Veggie. Swap in V8 or another vegetable juice instead of straight tomato juice. Garnish with a loaded vegetable skewer. You might even get two servings of vegetables this way!
The Bloody Mary Bar is a perfect option if you are entertaining a large crew (e.g. Super Bowl party, Father’s Day brunch). Serve up a glass with a couple ounces of vodka, then let your guests go wild on fixings and garnishes.
- coarse salt
- celery salt
- black pepper
- 2 ounces vodka
- 5 shakes tabasco
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 -2 tsp pickled pepper juice
- 1 cup tomato juice (approximate)
- Pour the vodka into a 16 ounce glass.
- Top with Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and pickle juice
- Fill the glass with ice mostly to top, then pour in tomato juice
- Rim a second 16-ounce glass with lime juice, then dip into salt mixture.
- Place the salted glass against rim of filled glass then invert to mix and transfer the Bloody Mary (see note).
- I did this nervously over the sink but Uncle George just does it anywhere!
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