After a hard night of drinking, one of the best ways to ease yourself out of alcohol is with a mild drink with just enough vodka to spice things up. The Bloody Mary is one of the most popular hangover cures, as well as a great cocktail for morning drinks and brunch. One of the reasons why the Bloody Mary has gained such popularity is because of the ease of preparations as well as the degree of customization that you can have on your drinks – your Bloody Mary can be made with plenty or little spice, and a bit more or a bit less alcohol. Here are the ways for you to make your own Bloody Mary.
- Build the liquid base. The first step is to build the liquid base for the Blood Mary. The key ingredients to Bloody Mary is 2 ounces of tomato juice, 2 ounces of vodka, half an ounce of lemon juice, and a few drops of Worcestershire. These are the basic ingredients. However, you can increase each ingredient to suit your taste. For a healthier Blood Mary, add more tomato juice especially if you are using the drink as a cure against hangover. If you want a more distinct cocktail taste, add more vodka.
- Mix well. Place the entire liquid base in a cocktail shaker. Then, proceed to mixing the ingredients together. Make sure that you mix well – some of the ingredients are unpalatable by themselves. But, when combined together they form a distinct taste.
- Add seasoning. The next step after you have mixed the liquid base is to add seasoning. The Bloody Mary is essentially a spicy drink. You will need celery, ground pepper, salt, and Tabasco sauce to spice up your Bloody Mary. Again, seasoning the drink will depend on your tasty. If you want extra spice in your Blood Mary, you can also add a bit of wasabi. This Japanese sauce is very strong, however, and should be mixed well into the drink. Clumps of wasabi can be very hot and painful. As an alternative to wasabi, you can also use horseradish paste.
- Garnish. The Bloody Mary is served chilled or with a bit of ice in a highball glass. Before serving, add garnish. You can either use a wedge of lime or lemon. Add a stalk of celery to help you stir the drink whenever it gets a bit too spicy.
There are plenty of variations for the Bloody Mary. For instance, you can use a variety of other garnishes ranging from stuffed olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes, mint sprigs, baby carrots, okra, and a host of other garnishes. Jalapenos have been occasionally used to add spice to the drink as well as a garnish. If you want the taste of the Bloody Mary without the alcohol content, you can also make a Virgin Mary by removing the vodka, or a Bloody Caesar by replacing tomato juice with Clamato juice, which is a mixture of tomato concentrates and clam broth.