A good Bloody Mary can be the difference between surviving a hangover and promising you’ll never, ever, drink again. It is the ultimate hair of the dog, with many establishments going for the ‘more is more’, no-holds-barred approach. But we decided, sometimes a classic concoction is all one needs; a perfectly juicy tomato base, just the right amount of spice, and of course, a simple and appropriate garnish. The recipe below will ensure you make it through the day, completely satisfied, and quite possibly ready for round two.
2 litres of tomato juice, chilled
2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp celery salt
Dash of salt
Dash of pepper
4 dashes of Tobasco (or to taste)
15ml Fire Tonic
1 1/2 cups vodka
Combine all ingredients except vodka, ice and celery sticks in a large jug. Adjust the mix to taste depending on how salty, spicy, or citrus-y you like it. Add a tablespoon of vodka to stabilise the mix whilst chilling. Just before serving, add the rest of the vodka. Serve over lots of ice and garnish each glass with a celery stick.
Add a bit of Hilbilby Fire Tonic for a health-giving kick.