Kick off the weekend with the perfect cocktail. I’m talking Bloody Mary, a bloody good Mary.
A Sunday brunch favorite, you never go wrong with a classic Bloody Mary. It’s such a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed all-year-long. You can serve it from late afternoon happy hour on friday to brunch on sunday and anytime in between (perhaps without the vodka). Whatever the occasion, there’s no mistake, it’s a crowd-pleaser.
The best bloody mary has just the right amount of spice and kick.
I love my bloody mary simple and straight-forward, but it’s fun to get a little crazy with the toppings. I like to keep things light as the drink is quite fulfilling already, so I go for celery stalk, lemon wedge, green olives, italian Parma ham and a wedge of hard-boiled egg. But if you’re looking for more unusual combos, my pinterest board is packed with bloody mary inspiration – there’s even a pub in US that serves the classic drink with a whole fried chicken on top! Maybe that’s a step too far, but really shows there are no limits to Bloody Mary pairings.
While on holiday in Paris last month, in the small italian bar Ober Mamma I sipped on one of the best Bloody Mary of my entire life. No-kidding. The version served at this place calls for homemade italian San Marzano tomato passata ( creamy tomatoes), instead of tomato juice. The result is a thick over-tomatoey Bloody Mary that screams “drink me in one sip!” – which is by the way what I almost did.
Since it can be quite tricky to find that specific tomato passata, the juice from high-quality bottled ( or canned) whole tomatoes is a very good alternative. You can also opt for regular tomato juice, whatever you pick of the two, make sure they’re both organic.
Once you get your favorite tomato juice base, all you need to add is a glug of vodka, a splash of worcestershire sauce or tabasco ( or both), a tangy bit of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. It couldn’t be easier than that. Balance the flavors all the way, tasting and adjusting the amounts according to your taste-buds, and built up your very best Bloody Mary.
If vodka is not your thing, that’s ok. This easy Bloody Mary is so good you can even enjoy it alcohol-free, making a fantastic afternoon drink alongside snacks. Plus it’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants and proteins. You’re welcome.
Spicy and perfectly seasoned, refreshingly delicious and packed with veggies goodness, if you’re gonna have one drink let this easy Bloody Mary be it. That’s all you need to cheer you up!
If you love bloody mary as much as I do, don’t forget to snap a picture and tag it #thepetitecook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with!
- 25ml / 0.8 fl oz Vodka
- 100ml / 3.5 fl oz tomato juice
- a squeeze of lemon juice
- 2 drops Tabasco and/or Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 wedge of lemon
- a celery stick
- sea salt flakes and pepper to taste
- a wedge of hard-boiled egg
- 3 pimiento filled spanish olives
- 1 thin slice Parma ham
- Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
- Pour in vodka, tomato juice, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- AddTabasco or Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with a celery stick and a wedge of lemon.
- Serve together with a stick with egg, parma ham and olives.