When I was in college, Bloody Mary’s were a favorite weekend treat my best friend and I would enjoy. We’d gossip and giggle over boys and life while we sipped our spicy, extra green olive cocktails. Some Sundays we’d even go to brunch where they had a build-your-own-bloody-mary bar. It pretty much was as awesome as it sounds. They had the oddest ingredients but somehow they all worked in perfect harmony with each other. I mostly put everything pickled in mine topped with creamy goat cheese.
Williams-Sonoma has asked for my take on the classic Bloody Mary so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Bloody Mary toppers for future brunches at home with friends.
Freshly Pressed Tomato Juice – if you have a juicer, fresh tomato juice makes your Bloody Mary taste extra fresh. It is also a perfect way to use up those last tomatoes of the season. Otherwise, use your favorite bottled tomato juice.
Hot Sauces – I love to add a little punch of Tabasco or Tapatio. Just a few drops will do the trick.
Pickled & Fresh Veggies – I love just about every pickled veggie out there, but some of my favorites for Bloody Mary’s are carrots, green beans, zucchini, cauliflower and asparagus. A nice balance of pickled and fresh is a must in my book, so I like to add the customary Bloody Mary fresh celery stalk, cucumber and some creamy avocado slices.
Olives – Green olives are standard in Bloody Mary’s, but Kalamata and black olives would be lovely too.
Shrimp – if you like shrimp cocktails, then this is a no-brainer add-in for your Bloody Mary.
Cheese -A cheddar cheese stick, feta, blue cheese, goat cheese – they are all great choices. Cheese adds flavor and texture to this meal-of-a-drink.
Glass Rim Dunking – To top it all off, sometimes I like to line the rim of my glass with an intro flavor like crushed chili flake and salt combo, lemon zest and salt, finely grated Parmesan, or finely chopped feta cheese.
3/4 cup of tomato juice, store bought or freshly squeezed
1 cup of ice
1 lemon or lime wedge
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes of hot sauce like Tabasco or Tapatio
2-4 dashes of salt, more for taste
1-2 dashes of pepper
1 shot of favorite vodka (1 - 1 1/2 ounces)
Fill cup with ice, add all the ingredients and use a shaker to shake it up and pour back into a tall pint glass.
Dress with toppings of your choice.