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There is no better cocktail than a Bloody Mary that sums up the celebration of Halloween. With a little tomato juice and vodka you can make this drink in no time and add your own twist to it.
If you needed a reason to get creative with your cocktails, this should be the only once for you. This drink is not only the perfect option for Halloween celebrations but also the most practical. Why do you say practical Annika? Am glad you asked. This cocktail is simple, has few ingredients and needs very little of your effort.
Do not let its simplicity fool you though, the flavors are out of this world. Ive had many fun memories of this cocktail. One of the earliest memories has to be with my dad. Sundays (his day off) in Bombay, he would get out the blender and make fresh tomato juice (no seeds) so meticulously. Strain it out, add the other ingredients and blend it all up. Yes, I tasted it as a child and obviously didn’t like the vodka in it so he would make it for me without the alcohol (also because my parents didn’t condone the idea of me – a child – drinking alcohol).
Another fond memory of this cocktail takes back in my travel escapades to Mykonos, Greece. Walked into a tiny bar on a Friday night that was packed like a can of sardines. Made our way to the bar and asked the bartender if I could get a “virgin” bloody Mary, as I don’t drink much. He said yes, we paid and had our drinks. With each sip I realized it was not a virgin bloody mary. But who am I to tell the bartender he’s wrong. I ordered another and downed that too. Lets, just say I am a light weight and couldn’t drive back to the hotel that night.
I think the flavor of tomatoes has always made me intrigued as they are so diverse in taste and texture depending on their location and type. So this cocktail is an ode to the rotten tomato in the bunch as I have used spotted tomatoes to make fresh juice only to turn it into this cocktail. Also there is no better way to celebrate halloween than with this cocktail.
The drink is usually made with vodka, however, I have heard of people making it with gin. You can use a little honey or maple syrup if you are using fresh tomato juice as it might be sour. I used the best tomato juice you can get in a carton. Very short shelf life and no preservatives. I used normal salt here but you can use celery salt. Ideally a stalk of celery in the glass is a given but you can get creative. I’ve seen people use olives, cucumbers, lemons, etc.
The cocktail is mostly served in a highball glass but go crazy. Ideally you don’t want to shake the cocktail as it might get diluted if you are using tiny ice cubes. You can pour everything in the glass over ice and stir it around until it is combined.
Food Pairing – This cocktail pairs well with cheese dishes. Mozzarella sticks, tomato based pastas, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan, hummus, cheeseboards, shrimp cocktail salad to name a few.
Now that we have discussed this in detail, let us make some Bloody Marys. Happy Halloween Ninjas!
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- Shaker (optional)
- Highball glass
- 60 ml Vodka
- 120 ml Tomato juice
- 10 ml Lime juice
- 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 3 dashes Hot sauce
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of dried herbs
- 5 large Ice cubes
- Celery stalk
- Lime wedge
- Salt to rim the glass
- In a shaker add all the ingredients except of the garnishing with 3 ice cubes and shake briefly.
- Using a lime wedge wipe the edge of the glass to dampen it. Add enough salt on a plate to coat the top of the cocktail glass with salt.
- Add the remaining ice cubes in the glass and pour the drink over.
- Garnish as per your choice.
- You don’t need to shake this cocktail. It can be poured into the glass over ice and stirred.
- If you are using fresh tomato juice, you may need to balance out the sourness with maple syrup or honey.
- Add as much or as little hot sauce you would like.
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