Monday, 1 February 2010

'Bloody Mary is the girl I love...'

Rogers and Hammerstein, 'South Pacific'.

As you have probably noticed, the last few recipes have had a definate tomato theme. Too many more would be boring, for me as well as you, so I plan to move on, after this one last recipe. It doesn't really belong in this blog, since it ain't cheap. But it is good, and it makes such a convenient full stop to this section I couldn't resist including it.

Classic Bloody Mary.

double shot of vodka
juice of half a lemon
3 cubes of ice
6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
150 ml Tomato juice or in quantity to taste
Fresh ground salt and pepper if you want.

Chill the vodka and tomato juice in the fridge overnight. Then mix the ingredients together in a highball glass, stir, and garnish with a leafy celery stick.

The perfect cocktail slips past your conscience like a secret vice, but bloody marys break that rule. You can't help but be aware of what you doing, as you sip one. In exchange, though, they are supposed to cure hangovers, and are the ideal aperitif for a curry meal.

Best wishes 2RM

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