Freestyle Bloody Mary, Bloody Best Ranch*

You know those boozy brunches spent gorging and laughing that you want to last all day?

Well Sunday, that happened.

Except brunch DID last all day. It turned into an impromptu Grammy party.

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of restaurants where we could have brunched last weekend. But we decided to stay in and try our own hand at crafting the perfect bloody mary.

Was it perfect? Probably not. But it certainly was delicious. We didn’t follow a specific recipe, but instead relied on word of mouth to mix our first signature creation.

Why Nia, yes. Yes you can. Let the mixing begin.

The ingredients

We learned from our Handlebar experience that size vodka matters. So, we chose low to mid-range brand Skyy Vodka. Start here.

Now, grab your cocktail shaker, and let’s get going.

  • 3 oz. vodka (be kind, we’re lushes)
  • Hot sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Olive juice
  • 3/4 tsp. horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. celery salt
  • V-8

Garnishes

Lemon wedge, lime wedge, green olives, cornichons, and drum roll, please….Slim Jim!

1. Add generous pour of vodka into your cocktail shaker. Then add steady streams of hot sauce, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, lime juice and olive juice. Hey, it’s freestyle, so add as little or as much as you want.

2. Add horseradish, Old Bay and celery salt. (Amounts are approximate)

3. Top with V-8, add the lid (very important), and shake.

Then, pour into an ice-filled glass.

Wait for it…

Add your garnishes and voila!

Just, be sure to keep your grubby paws off Nia’s bloody mary. She will cut you.

I’d also like to introduce you to our guest bartender. Don’t call him a bartender though, he’s a mixologist.

Being the Modest Marys we are, we decided not to rate our own bloodys.  Know that they were quite tasty with room for improvement.  Finding the right balance of horseradish and hot sauce is key. And the Slim Jim garnish? Unexpected winner. Add one to your bloody; otherwise, you should probably never eat a Slim Jim.

Our theory is that the best bloody marys come from trial and error. So, try we will. Per Cash’s recommendations, there are a countless ingredients we’d love to give a shot: Clamato, Spicy V8, BBQ sauce, basil-infused vodka. Just to name a few.

Until next brunch.

*Did not occur at a Ranch.

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3 thoughts on “Freestyle Bloody Mary, Bloody Best Ranch*

  1. Looks pretty rad, lady. I’d let you make me a bloody any day!

    Also, I really want to try this bloody mix (it’s buried so you have to scroll a bit): http://www.mcclurespickles.com/products/

  2. Lauren says:

    Yum! I agree, trial and error is definitely the way to go, with bloody marys and other culinary pursuits as well. 😉

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