This is of the utmost importance.
Do you like spicy tomato juice with vodka and vegetables for breakfast?
Yeah, me neither. For a long time.
Then my tastebuds started coming around, THANK GOD. Now there’s nothing like an ultra-spicy Bloody Mary for those special Monday mornings when I don’t have anything to do but watch an entire season of How I Met Your Mother, eat split pea soup, and nap. (Disclaimer: This happens about once a year, and boy oh boy, is it glorious.)
For a perfect bloody mary, you’ll need:
Vodka. A mid-level like Monopolowa is just fine, and for the gluten-free folks out there, it’s made with potato—not grains– so you won’t die or curl up in the fetal position after drinking this.
Tomato Juice. Make it organic for bonus points.
Vegan Worcestershire Sauce. Generic store brands are usually anchovy-free.
Hot Sauce. You can stick with Tabasco if you like, but I recommend Secret Aardvark Sauce. The Spicy Vegan recommends Trader Joe’s Habanero Hot Sauce if you like extra ultra way spicy Bloody Mary’s.
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.
Big ol’ Stalk of Celery.
Mix together 1 shot vodka 1 cup tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and hot sauce to taste, and a dash of black pepper and celery salt. In a pint glass, pour over ice. Garnish with a lemon and lime wedge and a big ol’ stalk of celery.
–> Make a pitcher if you’re expecting company.
–> Use tequila if you’d like a Bloody Maria instead. (Gross.)
–> Use V-8 if you’re feeling lazy.