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Sunday, December 16. 2012
An annual repost -
I do not care for vodka in any form other than in a Bloody Mary or its variants, no matter what our team member Opie says about Grey Goose: I think it's just ethanol with a twist. (To me, a vodka Martini is only suited for auto fuel for the sanctimonious feel-gooders.)
At Maggie's Farm, we are feel-gooders of the other variety. While it's not a strictly holiday drink, I seem to only have Bloody Marys in the winter. Besides Irish Coffee, it's the only drink a proper gent can have before noon without looking like a drunk.
There are about a thousand different Bloody Mary recipes. Here's an interesting one. I used to have our wonderful Connecticut Yankee neighbor William F. Buckley Jr's recipe, which included canned beef broth or consomme and sounded like a complete wholesome meal in a glass - protein, vegetables, roughage (the celery stick) and booze - but I can't find it. (Thanks, reader. You remind me that some folks call that a Bloody Bull, but I'd still like to find his recipe - it obviously worked well for him.)
The Bloody Caesar (or plain "Caesar"), I learned recently, is the most popular mixed drink in Canada. It must be all that clam broth that makes Canadians so "nice." It could not be more simple, because the magic is in the magical Mott's Clamato. Rimming the glass with some lime and salt is a delicious touch and also wards off the dread Scurvy. I like the Spicy Clamato more than the regular. Here's the history of Clamato - one of Canada's great contributions to civilization, second only to the Labrador Retriever.
On most days, I'd take the Caesar over the Mary or the Bull. We olde Cape Codders cannot get away from that clam broth, which was Mother's milk to us ever since the kind Indians taught our ancestors how to dig the tasty quahogs.
Addendum: Opie doesn't want our readers to forget the Bloody Maria
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Sacramento tomato juice is essential.
Horse radish to add a little zing optional.
This recipe is simple and easy. College days bartending in a local restaurant. Still the best Bloody according to guests.
The Bloody Mary with consume is called a Bloody Bull, try Googling that.
Make it with tequila, and it's a Bloody Bullfighter.
Hangar vodka with raspberry a new favorite. Contrary to the Bird Dog's taste of fine wine and malt, vodka is a wonderful spirit. I agree that a Bloody Mary and Caesar is tasty and quite colorful but straight is still the way to I prefer my drink. The martini, as I like it, is never mixed with anything except for a few Texas size olives that have been marinated in vermouth. The best part is never feeling the next day that I had one too many.
Try making your Bloody Mary with Aquavit ... amazing and very nice
Rim your glass with celery salt for a delightful change to your Bloody Whatever.
Dylan just gave a recipe for a bloody mary on his theme radio show--the theme was blood. I don't get xm radio but I read the transcript on right wing bob. Never really got into them myself- I'm more of a wino.
Cajun Bloody Mary
How BM was made at Black's Seafood Restaurant in Abbeville, La.
Pureed Rotel Canned Tomatoes
Dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce
Red Pepper (or Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning)
Lea and Perrins
Vodka of your choice
Mix ingredients in pitcher
Salt rim of glass
Pour mixture over ice
Garnish with celery
Guaranteed to clear up nasal congestion.
Great recipe! For a Bloody Maria, use Puerto Rican rum -- Ron RIco or Barcardi (the latter is best saved for drinking on the rocks with a twist or in Hot Buttered Rum on a frosty day).
Ok so i like Vodka straight and by the way my new fav is Hangar One Fraser River Rasberry they use the rasberries from Oregon and only in June. Amazing over ice. As far as the Bloody goes, I love it year round no ice lots of horseradish and pepper like they make at Harry's Bar in London or the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. Don't forget the celery stalk. Hubby loves the Blody Bull and the key is the beef stock has to be good he has it every Sunday. Yes we like our libations find them good for what ails you but of course in moderation. This morning I am in a stream of consciousness mode as you can tell from this entry. Have lots to submit as the world seems to breaking up---perhaps a good movie is in order.
Always liked the Red Eye/beer & tomato juice thing. Great on a hot summer day, and not as heavy as one would think.
I was never a vodka fan, preferring to expend my limited number of brain cells on 101 Wild Turkey. However, I always found Moscow Mules to be OK. Vodka, ginger beer, copper mugs..... lime perhaps??......can't remember what else. It has been decades.
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Though they're disapprovin'
Keep those blogs a scrollin', run hide
Don't try to understand 'em
Just hope that they abandon
Their Quixotic ramblin'
I'll drink to that!
As a matter of fact I'm toasting to your health right now.
I'd give my eye teeth to write the way you write.
All the sheep and turtles are still very quiet.
We can't ever mention M... or L.....
Now jappy, that's simple just parody. Parody is easy. I can do it in my sleep. Can do it much better than this, but time is short. Funnier though, is how other folks can even do it without knowin' they be doin' it. So where you been, my friend? I was worried you mighta been given the Boston treatment too. You been almost as quiet as the sheep and turtles. Unnerstandable, given these busy times, though.
For some finer writin' I can't hold a candle to, I give props and point you to Mr. Leag a few scrolls down on Saturday Morning's links. Not sure of the inspiration, but suddenly got a singular urge to read some Joyce...
Dog thar be proper drunks who all know how ta pull a few before anyone notices.
Nevertheless, Lizabeth used ta keep a fifth in me sock drawer.
On those morning she refused to get out a bed fer pre-dawn revely, I'd grab the vodka and bring her springin' ta attention alll da while screamin', "That's me VOdKa!"
She had a peculiar sense of place but me simpler reply would be, "But it's me sock drawer, lass."
By the time she could spring loose from her chains, I'd have halve the content warming meself but give her the rest she were lackin'.
I had to learn six or seven 'Bloody' drinks when I was bartending in Las Vegas a few years back. I never served very many (Bloody drinks are traditionally 'morning after' drinks, but it's never "the morning after" in Party Town USA), but some local bar did the celery salt trick that 'twolandflash' mentions up above and people raved about it. I gather there's something about the celery taste that draws out the tomato flavor.
"Besides Irish Coffee, it's the only drink a proper gent can have before noon without looking like a drunk."
A single flûte of properly chilled champagne with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon is the only drink I'd ever take before noon.
So Clamato was invented by Canadians huh?
Well that explains a lot.
On a hot summer day I always like a homemade michelada -- beer, tomato juice/bloody mary mix and a fresh chopped serrano or habanero on ice.
(Coors Lite for breakfast doesn't count as alcohol.)
coors lite never counts as alcohol.
seagrams rum and RC on summer evenings, single malt scotch any other time, even for breakfast.
This is a great re-post.
I'm from Calgary, Canada, and a local hostelry, the Calgary Inn, claims it invented the Caesar. I was young then and drank some. Then, I regretted some of them, now I don't. Heinlein was right: Dum vivimous, vivamous.
Anyway, breakfast. Also when I was young I went on a bare boat sailboat charter in the gulf islands off Vancouver BC, with a friend. Hi, Greg, how ya doin, eh?
Greg brought his 75-ish dad, a retired RCN officer. Dad made thick black coffee every morning at 5:30 AM, which he considered a reasonable hour to get up, even when an evening in a shorefront pub had only ended a few hours before.
Dad also considered coffee was incomplete unless about 50% Navy rum.
For our health, he forbade cream and sugar. They would ruin our livers, he claimed.
Here's to him, and here's to you - I shall drink a Caesar and a black coffee with navy rum, though not for brekky, that time is past.
Snap-E-Tom (spicy tomato juice) makes a great Bloody Mary and variations thereof. It is hard to find in the grocery stores, these days, but worth searching for.