A Blood Mary With A Personality
How you doin’? It’s Friday and that means Happy Hour. In Los Angeles, the bars are closed once again. I guess it’s time to stand in line at BevMo and hope they haven’t run out of your favorite spirits.
Who was Bloody Mary? There is an old English folklore legend of a ghost, phantom, or spirit conjured to reveal the future. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is chanted repeatedly. The Bloody Mary apparition may be benign or malevolent, depending on historic variations of the legend and how much you’ve had to drink. Others believe she was the tormented spirit of the violent Queen Mary I of England, who earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" for burning hundreds of witches and religious dissenters at the stake. While many question the origin of this popular anytime cocktail, the Bloody Mary's staying power leaves no question.
A Shipwreck Mary is a well-fortified Vodka-based cocktail that means a lot of different things to a lot of people—a more healthful cocktail (tomato juice and an array of veggie garnishes), a good happy hour treat— no appetizers required (comes with skewers of chilled shrimp and green olives), a good morning hair-of-the-dog hangover cure. It is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast, lunch, dinner and hangover cure all in one. What else could you ask for?
Bloody Mary tomato-based cocktails have hundreds of variations, from heavy on the hot sauce to a splash of Guinness on top to a float of red wine. It’s best to start with the classic recipe and work toward the way you like it (it’s the Burger King Cocktail--Have It Your Way!), even if it’s topped with a shrimp skewer, a slice of bacon and, in some cases, a tiny cheeseburger. Crazy garnishes aside, there’s a reason this iconic beverage is a classic.
Caution: If you see an apparition of Bloody Mary in the mirror, you probably didn’t have enough to drink.
1 ounce celery salt (for the rim of the glass)
1 lemon wedge
1 lime wedge
2-1/2 ounces vodka (I use Kettle One)
4 ounces tomato juice
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch celery salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch smoked paprika
Garnish: lime wedge
Garnish: 3 green olives
Garnish: parsley sprig
Garnish: celery stalk
Garnish: 3 large chilled shrimp
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