Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Speaking of brunch.

Much has been written about my favorite adult beverage: The Bloody Mary.

When I consider the purchase of a given book of cocktails, I invariably flip ahead to the page containing the Bloody Mary and peruse the recipe. 99% of all cocktail tomes fail this in a spectacularly miserable fashion. The thing of it is that any book which lists "lemon" (as opposed to "lime") as the primary citrus component is wrong.

Mind you, I still buy some of those books because it has other, compelling reasons to compensate for the abysmal Bloody Mary recipe, and I am thinking specifically of David Wondrich's otherwise stellar Esquire Drinks. But, so far, the only cocktail book I have found in current circulation with the proper recipe is the Williams-Sonoma Bar Guide which is as good as it gets if your cocktail/bar book collection may not exceed "one." (Photo to follow, the image upload thingy is not cooperating.) But the best published recipe is from The Official Preppy Handbook.

Here is the correct recipe (and let's not have any more of this again) which I have riffed from the aformentioned, and is as follows:

1 oz vodka (plain, "peppered" if you must; for this drink I prefer Finlandia)
3 oz tomato juice* (V-8 or Clamato are acceptable, again, if you absolutely must)
1 oz lime juice (save the wedge)
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins® for me, thanks)
3 drops hot sauce (Tabasco®, ideally!)
3 grinds of freshly ground black pepper
1 three-fingered pinch of salt

1- Add lime juice and salt to cocktail pitcher, stir to dissolve -- this step is key.
2- Add cracked (to chill rapidly) ice and remaining ingredients, stir vigorously
3- Strain into an highball glass over FRESH uncracked (to control dilution) ice
4- Garnish with lime wedge and a rib of celery (a celery stalk is the whole thing!)

OPTIONS: Using celery salt in lieu of regular, adding freshly--and finely--grated horseradish, and/or rimming the glass with seasoned salt. * We'll discuss making your own, fresh, tomato juice at a later date.



Blogger Dagreb said...

Hmm, now I want a Caesar...

2:17 PM  
Blogger JMG said...

What makes for a revelation is using fresh tomato juice. More to come.

9:21 AM  

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