Bloody Mary’s are one of my favorite cocktails because they are delicious, and I can be creative. I have been known to make masterpieces.
I don’t think I have ever made one that was the same as the last. This is one of my favorites because I use the Spicy Sweet bacon recipe that is in this book. You don’t have to use it, but I do suggest a thick, peppered bacon. Everyone has their preference on Bloody Mary Mix, but I am a fan of Zing Zang and Old Bay vodka takes this Bloody to a new level. Obviously, you can use the vodka of your choice. I am very particular about my skewers and their placement, and I use different lengths of skewers to give my Bloody depth and character. Yes, I take it seriously.
Place bigger, larger garnish throughout the glass and smaller skewers with smaller food in the front. Let your Bloody tell a story. Use celery with leaves to offset the red and mix.
8 oz Bloody Mary Mix
1 ½ oz Vodka, Old Bay Vodka preferred
¼ tsp horseradish
½ tsp old bay, plus some for the rim
1 tsp jalapeno juice
2 pickled jalapenos
¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
¼ fresh lime juice, lime wedge for garnish
Pepper to taste
Garnish for Skewers
3-4 Cocktail shrimp
2 Cherry tomatoes
Skewer # 2
1 Baby kosher pickle
3 Green olives
Skewer # 3
2 Rolled pepperoni
2 Rolled salami
3-4 Cubes of white cheddar cheese
Spicy sweet thick bacon and celery stalk for additional garnish
Cook 2 pieces of bacon and set aside on a paper towel lined plate
Place an 8oz highball glass in the fridge to chill while you prepare skewers. In a small dish, combine 1 tbsp kosher salt and 1 1/2 tsp of old bay. Remove glass from refrigerator and moisten rim with a lime wedge. Next, roll rim in the old bay and salt. In a shaker, combine bloody mix, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, pepper, old bay, lime and jalapeno juice. Shake well. Fill glass with ice and pour contents over ice. Garnish with skewers. Lastly, place slices of bacon a quarter way into the glass, add celery and top of with jalapenos.