3 Day Bloody Marys

I got the idea for these Bloody Marys from Sage in Las Vegas, which makes the best Bloody Mary that I have ever had.

Until now.

I upped the heat and celery quotients of my version, and dialed down the salt. The taste should be primarily of vegetables, with a slight kick of vodka but enough heat to cover the real burn of the alcohol. The balance here is the most important thing – this is tangy, sour, sweet, and savory. And, of course, spicy. The most important part of this is really letting it marinate for 3 days – the heat grows as it sits.

3 Day Bloody Marys

Ingredients:

1 large bottle V8

3 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

1 bunch celery hearts and leaves, chopped

2 pickled tomatoes, cut into slices/wedges

2 garlic or dill pickles, cut into slim spears

2 tsp. grated fresh horseradish

2.5 oz Tabasco sauce

lemon vodka, to taste

Special Tools – 1 jar/container for marinating purposes.

1. Put all the veggies into your marinating receptacle.

2. Add the Tabasco sauce.

3. Add the juice.

4. Mix the juice around to get all the veggies incorporated.

5. Let it marinate for 3 days. Don’t taste it or add some vodka now. It will taste different in 3 days – trust me.

When you take the Bloody Marys out of the fridge, they will be darker. Taste a pickle if you want – all the flavor will have leached out into your liquid.

6. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to catch all of the vegetable bits. Now is the time to taste – is it too hot, too bland, or too vegetal? Add whatever you need now – including the vodka.

7. Serve.

You have never tasted a Bloody Mary quite like this, even if you were at Sage. Sorry, this one is just better. The celery lends an incredibly light, fragrant note and the Worcestershire sauce adds depth and umami flavor. The pickles give all the tang and salt that the drink needs, and the combination of tabasco and horseradish is an unmistakable pop of spicy flavor. Feel free to leave out the horseradish if you don’t like its nasal cleansing properties, but please use the Tabasco. And serve this drink cold, but without ice.

After how much time it took to make, you don’t want anything diluting this drink.