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Happy Happy Hour: Dirty & Spicy Bloody Mary Cocktail

A happy hour Dirty, Spicy Bloody Mary with yum snack garnishes
A happy hour Dirty, Spicy Bloody Mary with yummy snack garnishes

I’m a bit of a late comer to the Bloody Mary party. I always thought it was a bit strong for a breakfast beverage what with the vodka and all (meanwhile, champagne- totally ok! :)). I have been seeing creative versions of the Bloody Mary pop up on drink menus here and there and once I started sampling them them I could not believe what I had been missing! One of my favorites to date was the “Caesar” Bloody Mary garnished with celery salt and pickled green beans enjoyed at Perla’s in Austin. Fun garnishes are the extra enjoyable part! (Pretty sure this is what drew me in).

"I don't know if that's a drink or a salad but I want it!" xo Spot Fiori
“I don’t know if that’s a drink or a salad but I def want it!” xo Spot Fiori

Tomato juice is very good for you (thank you, lycopene!) but the consistency was always a bit too thick for me. This recipe thins the tomato juice down nicely using fresh lemon and lime juice and my favorite drink mixer of all time- olive brine– making it salty, spicy and dirty and therefore an instant cocktail favorite. Then there’s the garnishes… salty, pickled, spicy, crunchy… all are welcome here…

Dirty & Spicy Bloody Mary Cocktail
(adapted from The Seven Stars Cookbook) Makes 2 to 3 Cocktails- depending on glass size

1 1/2 Cups Tomato Juice (organic preferred)

1 Cup Tito’s vodka (this is my new favorite vodka- “handmade in Austin!”)

1 1/2 TBSP Fresh Lemon juice

1 1/2 TBSP Fresh Lime juice

1/4 tsp Cayenne

1/2 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire

2 tspns hot sauce

1 TBSP Horseradish

1 to 2 TBSP olive brine (how dirty do you like it?)

I'm obsessed with stuffing these green Castelvetrano olives with Stilton or Gorgonzola- YUM!
I’m obsessed with stuffing these beautiful, bright green Castelvetrano olives with Stilton or Gorgonzola- YUM!
Garnish Suggestions (go with 2 or 3 for best effect):
Green Olives stuffed with Stilton or Gorgonzola
• Radishes
• Baby Heirloom Tomatoes
• Cauliflower (pickled or raw)
• Celery (this is traditional)
• Cocktail Shrimp
• Cajun Cocktail Shrimp
• Lemon wedge
• Salt & pepper rim
Celery salt rim
What did I miss?
Fill your drink shaker with ice and the tomato juice- this is especially important if your tomato juice is not pre chilled. Mix all spices, hot sauces, horseradish, and brine with the lemon and lime juice- whisk together to combine. Add spice ingredients to shaker and shake for a good minute. Rim glasses (optional), add ice to your glasses and pour over ice.

And now for the best part, add your garnishes and enjoy!

For the brunch version, I added an additional 1/2 Cup of Tomato Juice and changed up the garnishes
For the brunch version, I added an additional 1/2 Cup of Tomato Juice and changed up the garnishes…
... I lightly salted the skewered baby heirloom tomatoes and sliced radishes
… I lightly salted then skewered baby heirloom tomatoes and sliced radishes. So pretty and yummy.
Are you going to eat that radish?
Are you going to eat that radish?

Happy Wednesday hump day everybody… I hope this recipe inspires you to pick up these delish ingredients and make yourself a customized Dirty & Spicy Bloody Mary this weekend! Cheers! Xo Dani

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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