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).
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…
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?)
And now for the best part, add your garnishes and enjoy!
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