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A Bloody Mary Is Often A Snack In Of Itself. This One Is Just Spicy Enough

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I loooooooove a Bloody Mary. Even before they became a “spectacle” drink, loaded with more garnishes than the Golden Corral buffet – we’re talking rotisserie chickens, whole cheeseburgers, lobster claws and more! – they always felt heartier to me – like a meal itself. (Apparently a stalk of celery and tomato juice was once enough for me to feel fed – not anymore!) Also, tomato juice just feels less shameful if you’re having a drink at 10am for brunch. (Shame is overrated anyway.)

There are TONS of recipes out there. Making a Bloody Mary comes with a free pass to go nuts with spices and condiments, so long as you have the base of tomato juice and vodka. And while cynics can scoff at the truly out of control nature of the garnishes, there are far worse ways to foster self expression! Embrace the instagrammer in you and encourage your guests to try their own hand with a condiment selection that’s photo worthy! Spread out an array of olives, cheese, pearl onions, pickles, cherry tomatoes, radishes – you name it! 

I kept mine fairly simple for the condiments this time, except for a special candied bacon spiral, which solves the problem I hate about bacon in a drink – soggy bacon sitting in liquid is disgusting. A recipe of how to make a bacon garnish that stays above the drink and is delicious and eye catching can be found here. For now, let’s focus on the drink, which has just the right amount of kick without setting your mouth on fire! I hope you enjoy it!

This recipe serves two, because honestly why wouldn’t you enjoy these with a friend?

Also, if you’re looking for a light take on the Bloody Mary at your super bowl party, try a Michelada, or Bloody Brew by clicking here!

Brian Balthazar's Bloody Mary

Category: Cocktails, Crowd Pleasers

Cuisine: Cocktails

Servings: 2

Brian Balthazar's Bloody Mary

Ingredients

  • For the Bloody Mary Mix:
  • 12 oz tomato juice
  • 3 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot Sauce)
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Dash of celery salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  • For the cocktails, which we will add to the Bloody Mary Mix in the glass:
  • 4 ounces vodka, (2 oz per drink.)
  • For the Garnish: (Optional)
  • 2 Celery stalks, leaves on
  • 2 Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 small pickles
  • 2 olives
  • (additional options: pickled peppers, cheese cubes, and bacon spirals (see recipe on snackist!)

Instructions

  1. Into a cocktail mixing glass or small pitcher (Not the glasses you'll be drinking it in, but one that's big enough to combine all the ingredients and stir,) pour the tomato juice.
  2. (I usually wait on adding the vodka until the end, just in case your guest wants a stronger or weaker drink than you - you can use the same bloody mary mix for both and separate out how much vodka you use.)
  3. Add the remaining ingredients into the cocktail pitcher, (except the vodka) and stir.
  4. Don't panic if you added the vodka here. It's fine.
  5. Fill two tall glasses with ice.
  6. In each cocktail glass, pour two ounces of vodka.
  7. Fill the remainder of the glass with the Bloody Mary mix and stir.
  8. In addition to a celery stalk (preferably with the leaves still on!) garnish with long skewers of your favorite condiments, including (but by no means limited to!): Small pickles, pearl onions, cherry tomatoes, olives and more based on what you have!
  9. Enjoy!
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Taste This! Try A Delicious, Spirit Free Cherry Vanilla Sparkling Cocktail!

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Dry January doesn’t have to be a drag! This delicious Cherry Vanilla mixer is full of flavor and free of alcohol.

The fresh taste of Dry Sparkling soda is perfect for mixing and creating a cocktail (I’m not a fan of the word mocktail) that’s spirit free.

Take a look!

 

Spirit Free Cherry Vanilla Sparkling Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: Uncategorized

Cuisine: Cocktails

Servings: 1

Spirit Free Cherry Vanilla Sparkling Cocktail

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces cherry juice
  • 1 ounce ginger syrup
  • One lime wedge
  • 4 ounces Dry Sparkling Vanilla soda
  • 1 Cherry and 1 slice of lime for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill an 8 ounce glass with ice.
  2. In a shaker, put a few more ice cubes to chill what you'll be mixing.
  3. Add cherry juice, ginger syrup and the juice from your lime wedge.
  4. Shake vigorously and pour into your cocktail glass
  5. Fill the remainder of the glass with Dry Sparkling Vanilla soda. (Sponsored)
  6. Garnish with cherry and a lime slice on a skewer.
https://snackist.com/2020/01/21/taste-this-try-a-delicious-spirit-free-cherry-vanilla-sparkling-cocktail/

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Holiday Cocktail – Get Blitzed (or not) With Chocolate Mint Blitzen!

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If you like to drink your dessert, this <em><strong>chocolate mint blitzen</strong></em>, named after my favorite reindeer, whom I can only assume was always the drunk one, will hit the spot!

Check out this easy, delicious concoction:

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Get Hit With A Minty Snowball!

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One sip of this eye-catching cocktail and you won’t mind sipping a little faster! Served in a ball of ice on a stainless martini glass, it’s a chillingly delicious white chocolate liqueur with a crisp touch of mint vodka. Almond milk gives it a smooth, creamy finish.

Sometimes, what you put your drink IN is as important as what you put IN your drink. In the case of these snowball cocktails, you really can’t get much more wow factor than this!

A note: make your first attempt at these ice balls a few days ahead of your party so you’re sure you’ve got it down. They’ll stay in the freezer until you need them. Try a practice drink a couple days before so you’re confident!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Ice Balls: (make these in advance) Small balloons (ones that, when filled with water, would be roughly five inches around. Directions below.)

(Common sense caution: please note that people with an allergy to latex should not consume drinks that have come into contact with some types of balloons. Always make sure to ask your guests if they have any allergies to latex if you serve this coctkail.)

Stainless Steel Martini glasses for serving (and freezing the ice balls)

A Funnel for pouring the pre-mixed drink into the ice ball.

Straws

White Chocolate Liqueur (I used Godiva)

Peppermint Vodka (I used Smirnoff. If you can’t find peppermint vodka you can use peppermint Schnapps)

Vanilla Flavored Almond Milk

Rosemary, as a garnish

A colorful straw. (I like a red and white striped one to remind folks that it’s minty holiday peppermint stick goodness!

WHAT YOU DO: A DAY OR MORE IN ADVANCE: A few days before you plan to serve, clear some space in your freezer. You’ll want enough room to freeze your water balloon right on top of a martini glass in the freezer.

FILL your balloons with water until they are four inches around. (They will expand as they freeze.)

PLACE each balloon on its own martini glass and set in the freezer. (You can always do one or two at a time if you can’t do them all at once.)

WAIT at least three hours… Then carefully check the condition of the ice forming in the balloons every hour or so. Depending on your freezer, its temperature, and the amount of water in the balloons, the timing can really vary. The tops of the balloons generally don’t freeze as fast, so as the bottoms and sides start to solidify you’ll actually be able to press against the top and feel the inside to see how thick the ice is. You want the ice ball sides to be at least 1/2 inch thick, so they don’t crack and melt immediately after you pour in your drink. It took my balloons SIX HOURS to reach this point. At this stage, your balloons will feel solid on the outside, but have visible liquid on the inside.

WHEN THE BALLOONS REACH the point where the ice is about 1/2 inch thick, carefully cut the top of the balloon so you can empty out remaining water, leaving a hollow ice ball. (If the top of your balloon ice is slightly frozen over, (as some of mine were) use a metal drink stirrer or tip of a utensil to lightly tap a hole into it. (Heating the tip of the stirrer if necessary.) The balloons are now formed to the shape of the martini glass on the bottom, so you can pull them off the glass if you need the space.

PUT THE BALLOON ICE BALLS back in the freezer. They will have gotten slightly wet and the insides can refreeze, now hollow, and be ready for when your guests arrive. (I have even left the balloons still on them, tips cut off but the rest remaining – just to protect them until the very last minute.)

ON THE DAY OF YOUR PARTY… MAKE YOUR DRINK!

KEEP THE ICE BALLS IN THE FREEZER WHILE YOU MAKE THE DRINK. KEEP THE ICE AS FROZEN AS POSSIBLE UNTIL SERVING.

If you haven’t already, remove the balloon, place the ice ball back onto your martini glass. (OPTIONAL: To emphasize a snowball effect, you can put a ‘bed’ of shredded coconut onto the glass too.) Keep the ice ball in the freezer until the last minute.

In a shaker or glass, combine:

2 ounces White Chocolate Liqueur

1 ounce peppermint vodka

6 ounces vanilla flavored almond milk

Stir the above ingredients, then gently funnel your drink into the ice ball. (THE COOLER THIS DRINK IS BEFORE YOU PUT IT INTO THE ICE BALL THE BETTER – IT PREVENTS CRACKING!) Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve with a straw. (You may need to cut the straw shorter so it stays put!)

 

Note: you’d be surprised to see how long an ice ball will last – your guest may get another round out of one ball – but keep in mind that they don’t last forever and shouldn’t be left unattended if you’re worried about melting liquids. That said, everyone who gets one is pretty well aware of how ice works! They’ll be sure to drink it right up!

 

 

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