The Bloody Mary is the Pizza Hut salad bar of the cocktail world: It’s easy to go overboard with toppings and mix-ins. What starts as a perfectly balanced brunch drink can quickly transform into a Frankenstein’s monster of a cocktail. “If you get too crazy with your garnishes, it interferes with sipping [and enjoying] the cocktail,” says Brian Bartels, the author of The Bloody Mary. While we respect your right to top your Bloody Mary with anything from a speared olive to an entire roast chicken, we advocate at least starting with the classic: a blend of vodka, tomato juice, citrus, celery salt, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish, garnished with a crunchy celery stick. After you have mastered this classic formula, go ahead and experiment with the myriad of alternative ingredients in your Bloody—like Sherry, fish sauce and watermelon—or a bevy of insane garnishes.
- 2 oz Vodka
- .75 oz Lemon Juice
- Tomato Juice
- 1 tbsp Horseradish
- 1 tsp Celery Salt
- 4 dashes Tabasco Sauce
- 4 hefty dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Celery Stalk
Add all ingredients except for the tomato juice and celery into a pint glass.
Fill the glass with ice and top with tomato juice.
Stir until the drink is mixed well and garnish with a celery stalk.
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