Since this is my first post on this new blog, I figured I’d get things off to a an eye-opening start with a cocktail.
It’s like a Bloody Mary, but based on an Aardtini instead of just plain boring vodka.
- 1 oz vodka (good quality, but doesn’t have to be the bestest ever)
- 1 oz gin (I use Tanqueray)
- Dry vermouth
- 1 5.5oz chilled can V8 (I use the low sodium, but any are fine)
- 2-3 splashes (about 1/8 teaspoon) Tabasco sauce
- Several drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) Worcestershire sauce
- A few drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) Extra Virgin Olive oil (optional)
- Pinch of dried Sumac (optional)
- Pinch Celery salt
- Black pepper, preferably freshly ground
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Sea Salt, to taste (preferably French Atlantic)
- 3 Cocktail olives (eg Manzanilla stuffed with pimentos)
- In a cocktail shaker, add 1 oz ea of the vodka and gin. Increase to a full jigger (1-1/4 oz) for an extra strong drink. Add a splash (about half a capful) of dry vermouth.
- Shake V8 and add to shaker, along with a few drops of the olive juice if using the low sodium V8.
- Season to taste with the rest of the ingredients. Add salt last as the other ingredients are salty.
- Fill shaker with ice cubes, and shake vigorously for a minute.
- Strain into cocktail glass over ice (about 4 cubes).
- Garnish with 3 olives.
This makes a relatively thin bloody Mary, not the gloppy stuff when using the store-bought mix.
For a version to accompany Mexican food, substitute tequila for gin, tapatio for tobacco, and chili powder for sumac