Bloody Mary – cocktail of the month

by Clemi Cruickshank

Clemi has been a major player at Bread & Honey for two years. Before joining us, she worked as a wedding manager at Bijou Weddings and as a marketing executive at Quintessentially.

August 05th 2016

July was National Pickle Month. Which can only mean one thing: cocktail time (bear with me here).

Now, I’m all for pickled produce – especially as I’m a great believer in avoiding food waste at all costs. In wartime, housewives were encouraged to make the most of a glut of home-grown veg to make delicious chutneys and pickles to liven up their rations. That kind of history makes me fond of any foodstuff.

As a nation, we’ve come up with some pretty classic pickled preserves. Beetroot, gherkins, onions and piccalilli all spring to mind, as well as seaside favourites like mussels, rollmops and cockles. Let’s just gloss over pickled eggs at this point.

But despite it all, there’s no denying that some pickled offerings really are, shall we say, an acquired taste. Step forward the alcohol.

Yes, for me there’s only one way to mark National Pickle Month this weekend – a Bloody Mary. Pickle juice (whether from a jar of olives or dill cucumbers) isn’t always added, but for me it’s inclusion marks out a truly special Bloody Mary. Invite some friends over, and impress them with this cheeky ensemble:

Bloody Mary

tomato juice700ml
lemon juice3tbsp
lime juice3tbsp
prepared horseradish1tbsp
Worcestershire sauce1 1/2 tbsp
garlic powder1/4 tsp
Tabasco sauce3/4tsp
celery salt3/4 tsp
coarse black pepper1/2tsp
pickle juice1/3 cup
vodka, per drink1oz
Preparation Time: 1hr 30mins

In a blender combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pickle juice, and hot sauce and process until smooth. Transfer to a glass jug and add celery salt and black pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

When ready to serve, fill each glass with ice.

Add 1 ounce of vodka to each glass, then fill the glass with the Bloody Mary mix. Stir well, and garnish each glass an olive.

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