Wednesday 19 September 2012

Bloody Mary :: pick-me-up!

My gorgeous friend Belinda served Bloody Mary’s on arrival for lunch yesterday ~ so delicious!

Traditionally, a Bloody Mary is a popular alcoholic hangover cure, due in large part to its tomato juice content. It contains fructose which helps you metabolise the alcohol in your system more quickly. It was not the ‘hare of the hound’ drink for me though! I honestly prefer to drink Fireball, I just really love whiskey!

Belinda’s Bloody Mary recipe

Usually made in a highball glass (for cocktails that take more mixer than alcohol). The highball glass also acts as a ‘vase’ for the large celery stalk that is also a swizzle stick, with some of its jaunty pale green leaves left on the top! All measurements below should be tailored to your personal taste but essentially this recipe has a rich tomato flavour, peppered with the Tabasco and Worster sauces, with a zing of lemon. The vodka should not really be in evidence until you try to stand up after three of these great summer drinks.     

3 oz tomato juice (choose one without much sugar)
1 1/2 oz vodka (Grey Goose is far too good to waste on a hangover)
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
celery, salt, ground pepper
hot pepper sauce to taste (Tabasco in that darling little bottle, it lasts for years)

celery stalk and lemon wedge for garnish

Method ~ Combine tomato juice, vodka and Worcestershire sauce in a glass jug and chill until needed. Just before serving, place ice into 4 tumblers and pour over the Bloody Mary mixture. Serve with celery sticks and a few drops of Tabasco to taste.

Fight fire with fire ::  Reaching for another alcoholic beverage may be the last thing on your mind when you’re hung over, but your blood will actually ignore the old alcohol as it deals with the new one. In reality, beyond time and hydration there’s not much that eases a hangover, but one of the best-loved folk remedies is the old “hair of the dog that bit you” strategy. Basically, to get over being drunk, you just become tipsy. Toward that end, here are a supercharged cocktails will get you back to a happy place!

Folklore :: Bloody Mary (in folklore), is associated with a number of legendary historical figures including Queen Mary I of England (whose 16th-century persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname). Some drink aficionados believe the inspiration for the name was Hollywood star Mary Pickford. Others trace the name to a waitress named Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called multiple times. The Bloody Mary apparition may be benign or malevolent, depending on historic variations of the legend….


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