December is here and with it plenty of work functions, family gatherings and catch ups with friends to celebrate the holiday season. If they’re anything like mine they’ll include alcohol and I’m going to need a “hang over cure” for the next morning….you guessed it, the Bloody Mary for cocktail hour.

It’s a festive looking drink, the Bloody Mary. Vibrant red in colour and has a bit of kick to it. Healthy-ish too, if you ignore the fact that it has vodka in it. Seeing that it’s 1 December (Red Ribbon Day) on the day this article is written and Santa/St Nicholas wears mostly red, it’s more than apt to get stuck into this cocktail.

Classic Bloody Mary Cocktail

There are so many varieties of the Bloody Mary, some sound amazing and some definitely sound less than appealing. However, before you indulge in your creativity of creating the next masterpiece Bloody Mary cocktail, make sure you master the basic.

The history of the cocktail, as it is with many, is up in the air. Plenty claim they were the first to make it, but I like to believe the story that a bartender at the New York Bar in Paris first started making it for Ernest Hemingway and other Americans living in Paris who came to the bar.

The drink two main ingredients are always vodka and tomato juice. From there many different varieties exist in terms of sauces and spices to add, but our version is the classic. And you can’t go wrong with a classic, right?

Making your Bloody Mary

Most of the ingredients you most likely already have at home. And remember the first rule of cocktail making….keep it simple!

You’re going to need:

  • 60ml premium vodka Stolichnaya 100 Proof
  • 120ml tomato juice (word of advice – don’t skimp on quality with this)
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch celery salt

Grab a flared pint glass or highball and use the celery salt in the same way as if you were salting the rim of your Classic Margarita glass. Once done, fill the glass with ice and set aside.

In your shaker squeeze both the lemon and lime juices, but don’t throw away the wedges. Drop them into the shaker as well. Now you can add all the other ingredients keeping the vodka till last. I do this in case I stuff something up and have to throw the mixture out – why waste good vodka, right?! Add ice to the shaker and give the mixture a few shakes. Don’t overshake this cocktail!

Strain into your salt rimmed glass, pop in a celery stick (with then leaves cut off) and garnish with a lime wedge. All done!

Serve this cocktail with a side of guacamole and corn chips or if you fancy, some oysters!

Enjoy responsibly!

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