A Bloody Mary for the Morning after the Night before!

bloodymary with bacon

Well, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve – 2014 already. It seems like yesterday everyone was worrying about “Y2K”; now most teenagers don’t even know what that phrase means! Yikes, we’re getting old!

So, if you think you might need a bit of the ‘hair of the dog’ come Wednesday morning, something to get you through the Parades and ready for all the games, here’s a good way to start.

Try making a double recipe of this Bloody Mary Mix … and fill some ice cube trays with one batch. Freeze them and put the other batch in the back of the fridge until Wednesday morning. Then, when you’re ready for your Bloody Mary … (or a Virgin Mary if your Resolution is to swear off or at least cut down) … pop a couple of those ice cubes into your glass, add a little more mix and (if you did NOT make that Resolution), add the alcohol of your choice – vodka, rum (for a Cuban Mary), a beer, or some plain club soda! Dip the rims of the glasses in some lemon juice then into salt for that salty taste if you like or leave them plain….add a celery stick or an asparagus stick,  and a stick or 2 of bacon never hurts; then  curl up on the couch and relax.

Have a wonderful, safe, healthy and Happy New Year from Cooking With Char!!!

Bloody Mary Mix (Drink & Cubes)

  • 1 46 oz. can of tomato juice (or vegetable juice), plain or spicy
  • 1/4 c Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh grated (prepared) horseradish (Not horseradish sauce)
  • 1/3 c lime juice
  • 1/3 c lemon juice
  • Hot Pepper sauce, to taste
  • 1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbsp.) or to taste of vodka to each cup of mix, when serving
  • 12 strips bacon, fried crisp but not burned, drained well

Combine all ingredients except vodka and shrimp in large, deep saucepan. Bring just to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool. When cool, fill an ice cube tray with tomato mixture and freeze. Refrigerate the rest until cubes are frozen and the rest is cold.

When ready to serve, place 2 or 3 cubes of Bloody Mary mix in chilled glass; add vodka if using, add a strip of bacon to each glass, fill will Bloody Mary mix.

Serves 12  (single recipe) not counting the ice cubes.

If you will need a lot of ice cubes or want more cubes in your glass, you might want to double the recipe.

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