Hair of the dog…
It’s not a lovely turn of phrase. But, does it work? We might be giving it a try tomorrow. If we do, we’ll be drinking a bloody mary. When it’s time for a late brunch, this cocktail makes a perfect companion to a grilled cheese (3 cheese), fried green tomato sandwich or a smoky BLT using your best bacon. But, whatever you do, don’t add ice to a bloody mary. There is absolutely nothing more unattractive than ice cubes covered in frozen tomato juice. Even worse, imagine a forgotten glass of melted ice water floating over diluted tomato juice. That’s not a pretty picture.
16 ounces tomato juice, very cold
4 ounces ice cold vodka
juice of half a lemon
splash or 3 of Tabasco
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
dash of Worcestershire sauce
pinch fine sea salt
celery sticks, carrot sticks, and/or a skewer of green olives
(Or, our personal favorite, a skewer of giant jalapeño stuffed green olives)
Combine all in a frozen glass shaker. Stir vigorously. Divide between two glasses.
(If desired, garnish glass rims in celery salt. Dip glass rims in water and then dip into a shallow plate filled with celery salt.)
And, Happy New year!!