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Bloody Maria

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Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria

Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

The Bloody Maria is a favorite rendition of a Bloody Mary. The only difference between the two is that this one uses tequila instead of vodka and that single tweak makes a noticeable difference in the flavor. Unlike vodka, which gets lost in this heavily flavored, spicy drink, the tequila in the background stands out, adding a vegetal earthiness that only this liquor can produce.

From personal experience, the first time I had a Bloody Maria I was astounded at the difference. Since that day, this has become my bloody drink of choice and I encourage all tomato drink fans to give this one a try to see what you think.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 3 dashes celery salt
  • 3 dashes pepper
  • Tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
  • Celery stalk for garnish
  • Lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
  • Cucumber and/or cocktail shrimp for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Build the ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes.
  2. Top with tomato juice.
  3. Mix well by rolling back and forth from one glass to another.
  4. Garnish with the lemon and/or lime wedge and celery stalk.

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