I took on the Bloody Mary Project just in time for a potluck brunch at my friend Jennie's house. Determined to transform this often offensive libation into morning drinking perfection, I started my search by reading a slew of recipes. I found that the core ingredients were in almost all of them. The differences came by adding one or two unusual items, like chipotle peppers or cilantro.
Perfectly Good Basic Bloody Mary
6 cups tomato juice
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons drained bottled horseradish, minced fine
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon finely ground fresh pepper
1 tablespoon olive juice (olive juice, too!)
Garnish: green olives, celery stalks, lemon wedges, cornichon, etc...
Stir everything up together, taste and adjust seasonings. Add more tabasco - it's your bloody mary now - make it perfect for you! Serve over ice.