Oddly sippable and strangely addictive! These margaritas are spicy, sour, have less sugar than usual…
March is full of celebrations – and when the crazy weekends start to dwindle down, a recovery drink is on the menu! Spicy, “nutritious” and fun Bloody Mary’s are the absolute best!
Between my birthday, St. Patty’s day and a peek at some warmer weather, March is usually packed with all things fun and festive. I tend to spend my weekends with friends and staying up later than usual. Not to mention eating and drinking differently than usual. Waking up after a crazy weekend usually requires a Bloody Mary – the spicier, the better.
I completely understand that these are not for everyone. Tomato juice and vodka is an acquired taste for sure. It wasn’t until my later drinking years that I experienced the joy of a Bloody Mary and then I was hooked. In fact, the first time I even thought to try one was shortly after I did a tequila shot and chased it with tomato juice – and LOVED it!
When I started giving this“hangover cure” a try I was instantly hooked. If you know me, you know my love for all things spicy, and this was certainly a way to drink hot sauce and not be judged. On top of that it also tends to come with snacks and my favorite liquor so it’s a win-win-win in my book.
Bloody Marys have evolved over the years and tons of companies are taking a shot at bottled mixes with an added kick. I usually have mix in my fridge for a simple grab on those much needed Bloody Mary mornings. I tend to gravitate towards the thicker and spicier mixes too. I also realized that they’re so easy to throw together if you have the time and ingredients. That way you can make them to your liking, which is exactly what I did!
I think the other reason that Bloody Marys made it to the Side of Veggies page is also because, well, it’s a veggie based cocktail. It should be the official drink of the blog. In fact, this recipe is not totally off the beaten path that you’re going to find elsewhere – this one is just super spicy. They’re so easy to make and tweak to what you prefer – Me? I added chili paste for a fiery flavor! Aldi’s Carolina Reaper paste to be exact (start with a small amount). You can also toss in some Calabrian chili paste or garlic chili sauce instead. Most of the other ingredients are usually found in your fridge or pantry.
Now let’s not forget the other major selling point of a Bloody Mary…the garnishes. In some cases this can be a whole meal in itself. Believe it or not, if a restaurant loads them up, that becomes my meal and drink…all in one! My favorite garnishes include – shrimp, chicken tenders, olives, pickles, peppers, bacon, onion rings and celery sticks. Some other considerations would be meatballs, sliders, cheese, pepperoni sticks, cucumbers, grilled jalapenos and a lemon/lime wedge.
The one other thing that makes not only the presentation of the Bloody Mary next level, but the taste of it even better, is how you coat the rim. My personal favorite is either Tajin (chili-lime salt) or in this case, Old Bay Seasoning mixed with a little cayenne pepper! It just adds so much to the cocktail!
Here are some other recipes to consider when making these Bloody Marys:
If you’re still on the edge about the Bloody Mary, ease yourself into them. Knowing that this has good vitamins and minerals in the base of the mix and veggie snacks on the top, you can probably convince yourself that this is a hearty breakfast after a crazy night out. Plus the added heat to kick start your metabolism is a bonus. I never feel bad having my veggies in a cocktail on a Sunday morning, and neither should you!
Simple & Spicy Bloody Mary
- 24 ounces tomato juice
- 6-8 ounces vodka
- 3 tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice or olive/pickle brine
- 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ lemon juiced
- ½ lime juiced
- 1 teaspoon pepper/chili paste
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- Old Bay Seasoning for rim garnish
- lemon/lime wedge
- cheese wedge
- In a pitcher, mix all ingredients except garnishes and stir well.
- Rim 2-3 tall glasses (or 3-4 short glasses) with lime juice and Old Bay Seasoning and fill each glass with ice. Pour Bloody Mary cocktail over ice and garnish with desired snacks.