Bloody Mary

A drink which is famous for recovery from drinking other drinks the night before. Its origins are not clear, being claimed by various establishments in different countries at different times. Even the most obvious inspiration for the name (Mary I of England)  is apparently not certain. Anyhow, this is a mainstay of brunch in the USA and has to be one of the most well known cocktails in the world.

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato juicebloodymary (1)
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 8 drops Hot pepper sauce
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Black pepper
  • 1 pinch Celery salt

Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Definitely garnish with a cucumber stick, one with the flowery stuff on. Other garnishes include gherkins, olives, pickled jalapenos, lemon wedges and even prawns.

It didn’t make me feel any better at all, but I didn’t mind drinking it. That doesn’t sound like a big recommendation, but the thought of tomato juice makes me feel queasy at the best of times, so the fact that I could even deal with this when feeling rough is a positive.

The thing is though when I have a hangover, even frying an egg is a massive challenge fraught with danger. Shaking a cocktail and faffing with garnishes just isn’t something I’m willing to do for anything other than a miracle cure.

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