Gross name, though, right? Bloody Mary. Yuck. What a terrible name for such a deliciously, savory, spicy glass of happiness. Given my love of salt and my recent Dr.’s assessment that I need even MORE salt in my diet because of my ridiculously low blood pressure, I’m going to rename this beverage: Mindy’s Daily Vitamin Infusion. Doesn’t that sound better? Medicine never tasted so damn good!
Not that I ever need a reason to make a Bloody Mary Mindy’s Daily Vitamin Infusion (I’ve been known to make virgin versions by the bucket load and drink them for snacks), but today I have a special reason to do so. My sister-in-law, Sophie, is curating her second art show and wants to serve Bloody Mary’s at her opening tomorrow. Her exhibit’s going to be amazing. It’s called “Sacrosanct” and it’s being held on a Sunday at an abandoned church. And nothing’s better on a Sunday than appreciating art and washing it down with a refreshing cocktail. She asked me for my recipe, which I’ve never written down before, so I was forced to remake my recipe today in order to send her the details. It’s also a little cloudy out, which tends to make me feel a little blue and lethargic… obviously I needed my Vitamins to get me going. FYI – if you’d like to attend the show, it runs for 2 weeks starting tomorrow at St. John’s Episcopal American Catholic Church on Lexington Ave between East 101st & 102nd. The opening is between 4:30 – 7:30 PM tomorrow!
Mindy’s Daily Vitamin Infusion is a little different than a regular Bloody Mary in a few ways. First, I like to make this classic cocktail dirty with a splash of spanish olive brine. Second, although I hate that clamato crap, I love clam juice, so a splash of that goes in as well. Even though I’m not from the south and I prefer my crab seasoned with just salt, pepper, and lime juice, I have a ridiculous love of Old Bay Seasoning. RIDICULOUS. This perfect blend of celery salt, pepper, spicy red pepper and paprika just does it for me. I kid you not, I sometimes just sprinkle some on my finger and lick it off. It’s basically like spicy MSG. Last, being Vietnamese and a little obsessed with this magical little root, I just have to throw in some tangy ginger.
Mindy’s Daily Vitamin Infusion (aka Bloody Mary)
Pre-mix (cold ingredients are best and/or chill mix before service)
– 1 c tomato juice
– 2 T horseradish (grated – fresh if you have it, but jarred is fine)
– 1 T clam juice
– 1 T Spanish olive brine
– 1 T lime juice
– 1 t Worcester sauce
– 1 t cocktail sauce (yup, that’s right – it boosts the tomato flavor, thickens it, and adds sweetness)
– 3-10 Tobasco drops (10 is for my mom, the spicy-loving Vietnamese matriarch)
– ½ t Old Bay Seasoning
– ½ t freshly ground black pepper
– ¼ t celery salt
– ¼ t ginger (microplaned)
– 1 c Bloody Mary / Mindy’s Daily Vitamin Infusion Pre-mix
– 2-4 oz vodka (ice cold, use more if you’re a lush)
– celery stick (WASHED & trimmed)
– 3-5 Spanish olives (5 if you’re me and NEED sodium)
– lime wedge (center pith trimmed off for easy squeezing)
– Old Bay Seasoning
– Freshly ground black pepper
– Maldon’s salt
1) Assemble all pre-mix ingredients (cold if possible) and adjust seasoning to your palate. Chill mix. If you’re making it immediately and need it cold fast, place mix in a metal bowl and place in another metal bowl filled with ice water. Stir until cold.
2) For service, mix 1 cup of the pre-mix with 2-4 oz of ice cold vodka. Go ahead and use more if you’re a lush. I’d rather just drink more of the whole thing, but whatever.
3) Fill a pint glass ¾ full of ice and pour in your vodka mix. Submerge a clean, trimmed celery stick (it’s gross to pull up your celery stick and see it coated in dirt, which also tastes bad). Top with olives and a lime wedge, then sprinkle Old Bay, black pepper, and Maldon’s salt on top. Enjoy!