2.2.09

Bloody Mary


What´s better than whiling away a snowy Sunday morning with a bunch of friends watching Nadal win the Australian Open? Watching it while sipping a Bloody Mary, that´s what.

I wouldn´t presume to write a recipe for it, because the best Bloody Mary will always be the one you make yourself, just how you like it. I make mine easy on the vodka and strong on the lemon juice, with real celery salt (that´s to say, Maldon salt and celery seeds, crushed in a mortar) and lots of celery leaves peeking over the top of the jug.
And a recently learnt trick, via Nigella Bites: a splash of sherry. Makes perfect sense, if you think about it. Mary Tudor, the original Bloody Mary, was married to the King of Spain, so it´s only right to have something Spanish in the mix. What a wonderful PR turnaround, to go from hated XVI century queen to much-loved XX century cocktail.

9 comentarios:

Laura dijo...

You have officially got me craving a bloody mary. And it is neither brunch nor a weekend.

Julie dijo...

I think you've just described the perfect snowy morning.

Julie dijo...

I think you've just described (or perhaps created) a perfect snowy morning routine.

MsGourmet dijo...

Maldon salt... now that's classy ;o)

racheleats dijo...

I always wait for and then admire your illustations - this one is particulary wonderful of the two bloody M's.
I am with you and Nigella when it comes to the sherry.

Ronnie (http://aroundthetable.typepad.com) dijo...

Love your recipe. I usually make mine with a generous dollop of horseradish. Try it sometime. Cheers

HaveFaith dijo...

I have heard that the best way to do laundry is to first make a large Bloody Mary. I don't know that I would get much laundry done but then maybe I wouldn't care either. Nice that you are enjoying a snowy Sunday morning. Now I'm really wanting a Bloody Mary.

Reva dijo...

GREAT post....am totally inspired to try and make it some weekend!

tiny banquet committee dijo...

This is one of my favorites. I'm glad to know that making your own celery salt works for you. I think it's essential too but every time I look for it in grocery stores here in NYC it's not on the shelf. I grew up in Connecticut and it was very common there (people even sprinkle it on pizza), but here no one seems to use it. I've got the seeds, though, and the Maldon, so I'll get to work!

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