Vodka is Vegan

Normally I’m with Ron Swanson and feel that “clear alcohols are for rich women on diets” and for disinfecting wounds, but I’ll make an exception for a well-made Bloody Mary. “Well-Made” is the key here though, most of those sickly tomato juice concoctions you get at brunch with grandma aren’t worth the ice that’s chilling the glass.

Speaking of glasses, I use highballs with 1 1/2 oz vodka with a Tajin rim – I’m not a fan of the tall glass because you can’t stir it up as you drink it. Worse yet, if you sip it through a straw, you’re getting a mouthful of pepper and horseradish. All-in-all this recipe is not that spicy, kick it up if it suits you with the cayenne or Tabasco. Garnish with whatever, celery, skinny carrots, cucumber, or bell pepper sticks…toothpicks of cherry tomatoes, pickled okra, and olives work too. If you have people over, make a couple of these jars ahead of time and put the jars out on the table with a bottle of good vodka and a selection of garnishes. Shake it up and mix it up! Whatever you do, don’t forget the cornichons

Mason Jar Bloody Mary Mix

In one mason jar with lid add,

2 tsps horseradish

2 tsps apple cider vinegar

2 shakes of vegan Worchester sauce

10 twists white pepper and 10 twists black pepper (1/2 tsp each)

Shake (or 2) of cayenne pepper

1 shake of garlic powder

1 tsp smoked or Kosher salt

1/2 tsp celery seed (not Celery Salt)

4 dashes of Tabasco

Juice of half a lime

Fill the jar with good quality Tomato Juice or V8 and shake

Pour over 1 1/2 oz of good quality vodka and ice in a highball glass rimmed with Tajin, stir and garnish.



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