My husband makes a fantastic Bloody Mary from scratch. Everyone raves about it and begs for the recipe. With a Bloody Mary love born during years of family gatherings in New Orleans he set the bar high. He has tried every tip and trick he has seen or read about. After many successful taste tests and lovely brunches he is ready to share the secrets to this rockstar cocktail.
The perfect Bloody Mary takes a little more work than some other cocktail concoctions but this is well worth it. You want to start about a week in advance, invite some friends over and then let the anticipation build!
1 Handle Vodka (We use Absolut but you can use any mid priced Vodka)
2 pounds heirloom tomatoes
1 Whole yellow or Vidalia onion (Vidalia are sweeter but either is fine)
4 cloves garlic
Cracked Black Pepper
1 Lemon or Lemon Juice
1 Lime or Lime Juice
Tabasco Sauce (Habanero preferred)
Cracked Black Pepper
Celery or Okra Stalks
Step 1: Prepare the Tomato Vodka – Start 5-7 days in advance. Quarter 2 pounds of heirloom tomatoes. Pour one handle of Vodka into a large thermos or other container with lid. Combine the tomatoes and vodka and stir. Put the lid on your container and place in a refrigerator. Stir the tomato vodka mixture daily. You may taste this on a daily basis – it’s yummy!
Step 2: Prepare the homemade Bloody Mary mix – You can do this on the day of or a day or so before. It will keep for a few days. Take 5 lbs of tomatoes and cut them in eighths and throw them in a roasting pan. Include in the roasting pan one whole yellow or Vidalia onion (sliced) and chopped cloves of garlic. Top tomato, onion aid garlic mixture generously with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Step 3: Broil the Tomatoes – Set broiler to high. Put roasting pan under the broiler on the middle rack for 30-35 minutes. Carefully pull oven rack out with glove and stir every 10 minutes
Step 4: Strain the Tomato Juice – Remove the roasting pan carefully and pour through a wire strainer to catch the liquid in a very large bowl. Be careful – the pan and the liquid will be very hot. Let the tomato mixture sit on the strainer for 20 minutes or so to get the most juice into your bowl. Then take the remaining mixture and transfer to a blender.
Step 5: Blend Tomato Mixture – Add a 1/2 cup of water to the blender and blend mixture. Then transfer back to the strainer. Let sit for 20 minutes. You may want to mash the mixture with a spoon to help the juicing process. Repeat at least once more. Throw away pulp once you’ve determined there is no more juice.
Step 6: Complete Tomato Juice – This process should yield 2-3 quarts of tomato juice. Taste the juice and add a few squirts of lime and lemon juice. Depending on how many people I am serving, I will sometimes pour one half of my mixture in to another pitcher as reserve and take the 50% remaining and add to it half a bottle of straight Bloody Mary mix to increase volume. Chill juice in fridge. It should last in the fridge for more than a week if for whatever reason you have made too much.
Step 7: Making the Best Bloody Mary Glass – Pull out two plates. On one of the plates, pour less than half a shot of vodka. On the second plate, pour several tablespoons (depending on the number of guests) of celery salt. Take a glass cup and dip the rim in the vodka. and screw the glass in to the celery salt plate (similar to the way you would apply margarita salt). Make sure the rim is coated with celery salt.
Step 8: Prepare and Serve the Bloody Mary– Add ice to the glass and pour in tomato juice and tomato vodka (your call on how much). Next add a teaspoon of horseradish, a dash of celery salt, Worcestershire, black pepper, Tabasco (I like the habanero version) and garnish with a small celery stalk. Some folks prefer lime or raw okra over celery. All are fine choices.
I know there are a lot of Bloody Mary lovers out there as well as a lot of experienced recipe / food bloggers so please give me any suggestions and / or feedback. This is the first time I have ever tried to post a food tutorial and I found it harder than a furniture one! I think you will love the drink so plan yourself a little party and impress the pants off your friends with this incredible drink! Who would not be impressed with tomato infused vodka? Of course – come back here and tell me what you think!
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