Drinking is like borrowing happiness from the next day and hangovers are not the most lovely guests to welcome in the morning, but as Dean Martin used to say: "Stay drunk. Guaranteed to be effective in the short run, but not advised."
So if you are in the state of headaches and regrets, nothing really tastes better than a couple of Bloody Marys on a Sunday afternoon ;)
I take my Bloody Marys very seriously. I would like to think that I take it as seriously as an Italian grandma making a pasta sauce. Everyone should figure out their own recipe for their perfect Bloody Mary, the same as with cooking - some like it more spicy, others like it more boozy. But if you are a beginner, definitely start with the classic and then, slowly, you'll feel what needs to be changed for your own taste!
The Original Bloody Mary
The true original that Petiot invented at Harry's Bar in New York hasn't changed for seventy years and if you don't want to be creative just follow this:
6 ounces vodka
16 ounces tomato juice
1 ounce lemon juice
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Wedges of lime
Don't forget to add ice, stir and garnish with lime
Hint: If you change vodka for gin (yumyumyum) it is called a Red Snapper instead.
Food paring: I prefer my Bloody Marys in three ways,
1: As food,
2: Next to my Luca's perfectly made Eggs Benedict, or
3: With a BBQ
Tip: If you are having a BBQ, grill the garnish for a while to give the drink a nice smokey flavour.
I don't believe in any ready-made Bloody Mary mixes or Vodkas that say they have it all for the perfect BM,
but if you have to cheat then cheat with the Belvedere Bloody Mary Vodka - it is quite amazing :)
Mammu's Perfect Bloody Mary (for when you don't have Worcestershire sauce)
1 part Vodka
2 parts tomato juice (if I have, I add crushed tomatoes too)
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 drop of balsamic vinegar
1 drop soy sauce
1 dash tobasco sauce
1 pinch crushed oregano
Salt and pepper to taste & a cherry tomato to garnish
Tip: Tomato-based drinks are better to roll (pouring the drink back and forth between two mixing glasses) than stir or shake, because it will stop foam forming and the juice separating
Garnish: what ever you feel like snacking on...I've seen the craziest garnishes, full burgers on top of Bloody Marys etc...Everything is allowed :)
To get a proper Bloody Mary in London you defitnitely have to go to a proper cocktail bar, as most of the places can make it quite random and watery (no love).
One of the most interesting ones I have seen so far was at the London Cocktail Club (close to Oxford Street).
It was called "Morning After" and served in...........a POT NOODLE! - Quite hipster, quite cute.
Future: I really wanna try Nightjar's Bloody Mary. Nightjar is probably one of the best cocktail bars in London. http://www.barnightjar.com
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Terviseks ("cheers" in Estonian), and have a bloody good night!