July 12, 2008

The Good Book

It all started with a Sur La Table gift card. Looking around the store that day, my eye fell upon a lovely leather bound book, The Ultimate Bar Book- The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails. At the time, I didn't even have a bar, and the only alcohol in my house was the beer and pinot grigio in my fridge- but the book was so pretty, the idea of mixing a martini so romantic, I couldn't resist. Next came the cocktail shakers and accessories, a BevMo club card, and later a glass and stainless steel bar which is now full of every type of libation you could ask for. But even with all of the recipes (many of which I've now tried) you can't beat the classics so tonight, like many warm Saturday nights, my drink of choice is a Bloody Mary. My favorite vodka to use is Absolut Peppar- I love the spicy kick it gives to the drink, and I always steer clear of premade bloody mary mixes in favor of plain tomato juice (or Clamato if I really want to get crazy!)

Bloody Mary
adapted from The Ultimate Bar Book

2 oz Absolute Peppar
4 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
3 dashes of Dimitrius Bloody Mary Seasoning (a mix of spices and worcestershire)
2 to 3 dashes of Tapatio hot sauce

Combine ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a ice filled highball glass and garnish to your liking.
Repeat as needed.