Friday, January 31, 2014

friday feature v1 :: brunch bloodys.

Before my blog hiatus, I was desperately attempting to get Food & Beer Fridays to catch on and maintain a link-up.  I think I'm going to let the link-up die (unless I get more interest?), and I'm ok with that.  Now that I'm back, I'm focusing not on business and link-ups but the parts of life that make me happy.  Great food, beer, and drinks are still things that I love.  One of my favorite parts of traveling is the experience of trying amazing restaurants, local breweries and drinks, so it is only fitting that I continue to feature favorite beers and drinks.  Instead of F&B Fridays, I'm planning to do friday features which will spotlight a recipe/food, beer, or cocktail.

I had my first full "snow day" of the year this week (which means it didn't snow during the day but I did get the entire day off instead of just a delayed start), and my immediate thought was of bloody marys.  I've always had an affinity for a bloody but often never had all the mixings.  I made sure to stock up on everything I wanted for my {almost} perfect bloody mary!

What you need//

  • Vodka
  • Bloody mixer {I use Zing Zang or Scales}
  • Ice
  • If you like it spicy: Hot sauce, ground pepper, horseradish
  • Garnishes!  My favorites are blue cheese olives, pepperoncinis,  & petite pickles. Bacon is great if you're a meat eater!

I like my cocktails on the stronger side, so I put about 1/3 vodka in my glass.  I never measure it out, just eyeball it depending on your tastes.  Honestly, I never really taste the vodka in my bloody marys even if I put more than a third.

I prefer spicy bloody marys myself.  On hand I had Texas Pete and pepper, but I would have preferred some horseradish too!  I filled the remainder of my glass with the bloody mary mix then topped it off with a few generous shakes of hot sauce and lots of pepper.

Now for the garnishing!  Olives are my absolute favorite bloody garnish, but anything pickled will really do for me.  Pickled green beans are especially delicious.  I used blue cheese stuffed olives, pepperoncini (squeezing the excess juice into the cocktail!) and petite pickles.  If I had celery, I likely would have added a stalk, but sometimes you've got to work with what you've got handy when it comes to the "perfect" homemade bloody mary.

How do you make your {almost} perfect homemade bloody mary?


Natalie said...

Zing zangs is one of my favorite mixes. I've made it from scratch before using Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce & horseradish. And then all the toppings I can find.

Alex Byer said...

Oh god I love Bloody Mary's. Craig and I will often just go out and get them when we both have days off. It's so nice. They're such a change from regular drinks! Definitely noting this recipe so we can make them at home :)

whitney said...

let me just express how much i love zingzang. it is the ONLY mix that i will use.

and TITO's. omg. i have a handle in my freezer. i just need people to come over so i can drink it. i feel like drinking vodka out of a handle alone at home isn't acceptable...or is it?

Oliviaaa said...

yummm. you should come to San Diego and make me one... just saying. :)

Unknown said...

The things I would do for a bloody mary right now... post baby can we have a bloody mary brunch?

Jo said...

Blue cheese stuffed olives!?! Going on my grocery list pronto.

Unknown said...

Zing Zang is my must!!! We also have Bacon vodka that we've been meaning to try- one day soon!

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

Bloody Marys are my favorite! I can't wait to try yours!


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