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The Lazy Bartender’s Bloody Mary May 27, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure, Vegetarian Recipes.

Wikipedia ~ V-8 (Fair Use)

I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary (or two) but seldom feel like fussing with 15 different ingredients to make one.

The Bloody Mary has been called the world’s most complex cocktail by bartenders who garnish the drink with shrimp, crab claws, pickled beans, beef ribs, Scotch Eggs, cold cuts, and/or the kitchen sink.

That’s about to change.  Less is More.

After a tough day, who has the time or patience to assemble Vodka, Tomato Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, Celery Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Horseradish, Shrimp, Celery, Carrots, Cocktail Onions, Crab Claws, Lemon Juice, Olives, and Salt to make a drink?

Not me.  I’m a Lazy Bartender. 

Now, just in time for weekend celebrations  including the Memorial Day holiday in the States, here’s the . . .

Mickey-Ta-DaaaLazy Bartender’s Bloody Mary

* 3 parts Spicy Hot V-8 Juice
* 1 part Smirnoff Citrus Vodka

Pour.  Stir.  Add ice.  Enjoy.

And, of course, repeat as necessary.

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1. carldagostino - May 27, 2011

When I used to drink, my bloody Mary’s had ONE ingredient only: 8 oz vodka, period.

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

Not even a splash of red? 😉

2. ceceliafutch - May 27, 2011

Yay! A Bloody Mary I can get used to. . . and make myself, no less! Go figure. 🙂

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

Here are some other easy 2 ingredient cocktails:

Screwdriver ~ Orange Juice and Vodka
Vodka Tonic ~ the name says it all
Rum & Coke ~ ditto
Rye & Ginger ~ whiskey and ginger ale

For most, I do like adding a wedge of lemon or lime . . . unless I’m really “thirsty.” 😀

3. Tilly Bud - May 27, 2011

I thought a Bloody Mary was vodka and tomato juice.

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

V-8 is a more robust “tomato juice” . . . more body and flavor than straight tomato juice.

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

According to the article, when made with V-8, it’s called a Bloody Eight or Eight Ball.

4. Cindy - May 27, 2011

I’m with you on the simple option, *cheers* 🙂

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

For parties, I like mixing up a pitcher of Bloody Mary’s with all the fixings. But for a single drink, I prefer to pour straight from the bottle and imbibe.

Happy Friday, Cin!

5. SuziCate - May 27, 2011

Love the repeat as necessary part of the instructions! The even lazier way is to look at the hubby and sweetly ask him to make it for you…works for me!

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

Thanks, Suzi!

I enjoy sipping a drink when a storm is brewing outside. It’s how I calm the sailor in the midst of turbulent seas and tempests.

BFF doesn’t drink much ~ just the occasional rum and coke, screwdriver, or beer. He’s hasn’t had extensive experience as a bartender. I have! 😀

SuziCate - May 27, 2011

Ha…the hubby likes to experiment! Oldest manages a bar in a restaurant (pt while in college) and is always telling us new ones he thinks we’d like or making them for us to try! Probably why I’ve gained so much weight and can’t remember crap!!!!

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

It’s fun trying new drinks . . . or new twists on old favorites. All the flavored vodkas and rums add to the mix.

Bubble gum martini?

6. Greg Camp - May 27, 2011

Complex drinks have always looked to me to be a way for non-drinkers to drink. Give me Scotch neat. Or follow the way that Churchill made a martini–opened the bottle of vermouth in the same room as the glass of gin and waved the cork near the glass.

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

My dad and older brother are “Martini Men” who follow Churchill’s advice on the Vermouth.

My mom and sister both enjoy Scotch, neat.

Except for Tequila, I rarely drink alcohol straight up or straight from the bottle.

Whiskey ~ Mint Juleps or ginger ale as a mixer.
Tequila ~ shots or Margaritas (lime)
Vodka & Rum ~ Tonic or fruit juice
Gin ~ I leave for others to drink 😉

7. gitikapartington - May 27, 2011

As a teetotaller my drink of choice is called THE BLOODY SHAME… as it has no vodka in it! x

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

I’ve always heard that called a Virgin Mary. 😀

8. libraryscene - May 27, 2011

…yumm, I’ll be over! Actually, check out Zing-zang, premade, it is so good that I’ll drink it straight up, ha! Btw, absolute pepper is nice for spice 😉

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

Cool! Happy Hour in an hour!

I bet Absolut Pepper would be great . . . as long as you have a lemon or lime on hand to squeeze. I often don’t, that’s why I got the Citrus. It’s adds just the right hint of lemon.

9. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 27, 2011

My absolute all time favorite drink – my recipe is very similar to yours, except in addition to the Spicy V-8, I add Absolut Pepper – but I will try the citrus. I never bother adding veggies or anything else, except I do like a wedge of juicy lime on the glass rim that I can squeeze in. I also will make mine with white rum – also good!

My next favorite cocktail is a Vanilla Rum & Coke. I use Vanilla Rum (Whaler’s brand is good), and Coke Zero (takes out some of the calories, and is as good a Coke!) A lemon wedge with that is OK, too, but I seldom bother. Believe me, it is the best Vanilla Coke you will ever drink 0 if you like Rum (which is my liquor of choice – in just about everything).

In the Winter, I also love Hot Chocolate laced with White Creme de Menthe. (When desperate, I also have used the green – just makes the cocoa a funny color, but it tates the same!). I suppose I could go on and on, because there’s always the Rum Old Fashioned. The only problem is that I don’t have the recipe that. One of my friends, Bill (“Pitch”) Pitcher used to make it (just) for me. So good, but the recipe died with him years ago. . .

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

They sound great, PTC.

Especially the vanilla rum. Right now, I have Coconut Rum which is so refreshing with Orange Juice or Pineapple Orange Juice.

The reason I got the Smirnoff Citrus is because I always had lemons and limes when I didn’t want a Bloody Mary . . . and never when I did. Problem solved.

I always have freshly cracked pepper on hand.

It’s a good thing it’s almost Happy Hour. I’m thirsty. 😀

10. barb19 - May 27, 2011

Your version sounds good to me!

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

It’s so good and so easy, Barb. You can still doctor it up if you want, but it’s got the basics covered ~ tomato, spice, flavorings, vodka, and lemon. Yum!

11. Team Oyeniyi - May 27, 2011

I like the New Zeaand version of a Black Russian. They aren’t too popular these days, but back when I was younger………….

Flaming Lamborghini’s are rather nice, but you only need ONE! LOL

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

I loved Kahlua based drinks in my teens ~ White Russians, Black Russians, Kahlua and Milk. Yum!

I’ve never had a flaming Lamborghini. Sounds intriguing.

12. Booksphotographsandartwork - May 27, 2011

That looks more like meal to me. 🙂

nrhatch - May 27, 2011

Doesn’t it! Especially if you add shrimp or crab claws.

13. adeeyoyo - May 28, 2011

Goodness, I could do with one or two 😉 of those! But how lazy we are getting. Reminds me of my brother’s visits to South Africa…

nrhatch - May 28, 2011

Simplifying my life has revealed, time and time again, how much time we waste on things that matter not. 😀

Distilled to its essence, life is ours to enjoy. Cheers!

14. eof737 - May 28, 2011

Is that cheese and ham sticking out of that glass? Good grief!!! I like your recipe even though I’m not a cocktail drinker… I like wine. 🙂

nrhatch - May 28, 2011

Your guess is as good as mine. The caption said it was “a cold cut.”

Make mine vegetarian. 😀

15. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - May 30, 2011

Ha, it will amaze you no doubt that I like the complicated kind. But this one sounds pretty darn good. I was just at The Only Cin’s site (thanks) looking at a bloody Mary there.

nrhatch - May 30, 2011

I don’t mind fussing with all the ingredients if I’m going to be drinking a whole pitcher of Bloody Mary’s. But when I’m in the mood for “just one, I love this 2 ingredient recipe. Speaking of which . . . Happy Hour is here! 😀

Glad you had a chance to check out Cindy’s site.

I just snooped around yours a bit more. Pizza and pancakes and German Chocolate Martinis . . . yum!

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