Bloody Mary, Extra Bloody

Bloody Mary, Extra Bloody

I really like Bloody Marys and spent some real effort figuring out how to make really good ones--ones that both please a crowd and that I enjoy as well (my tastes, tending towards rich and spicy, are not typical). When I poor my drink from the recipe below, I just like to add a little extra hot sauce and pepper to spice it up more.

I tried a number of different bloody mary mixes, and even made my own mix one time. Every time I came back to Zing Zang mix, though. It's just really hard to beat. Charleston Mix is also good; it's a little sweeter and slightly milder than Zing Zang. Big Tom's is too sweet and one-dimensional--more like tomato juice. Many of these new "gourmet" or "artisnal" mixes are really tasty and are cool to try, but day-to-day, I stick with the 'Zang. Mr & Mrs T and Finest are gross. Just don't even.

Ingredients, for five drinks

  • 1 32 oz bottle of Zing Zang bloody mary mix (no substitutions)
  • 1-2 c vodka (Tito’s recommended)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive brine
  • 1-2 tbsp pickle brine
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco hot sauce
  • 1 tsp grated horseradish (be careful with this--don’t be heavy handed or the drink will taste like cocktail sauce.)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 dashes of garlic powder
  • 2 dashes of black pepper
  • 1 dash of celery seed
  • 1 dash worcestershire sauce
  • ice

Garnish suggestions from the Experts at Zing Zing.

Preparation, for five drinks

  1. Measure the vodka into a pitcher.
  2. Add the dry ingredients and stir.
  3. Add the wet ingredients, other than the Zing Zang, and stir.
  4. Add the Zing Zang mix and ice.
  5. Shake and stir the hell out of it.
  6. Pour into a tumbler over ice.
  7. Garnish with lemon, lime, olive, pickled okra, celery stick, and whatever else you'd like.