I’m not sure about you, but when I was growing up, I would always pretend to drink classy (sometimes) mixed drinks like my mom. You know, like putting those little completely unnecessary umbrellas in your drinks just because you thought they looked pretty and sugaring the rims of your glasses with your fruit smoothies. What I’m trying to say is that I was one cool kid .. or something along those lines. Among my super awesome habits, I would always drink my V8 with celery sticks in it. Even though I was ridiculed by my friends — “EWWWWW, WHY ARE YOU DRINKING TOMATO JUICE? IT TASTES SO GROSS!” — I couldn’t kick my V8 addiction. Is anyone else with me? In fact, people STILL think I’m weird for liking V8. What’s not to like? And don’t tell me I’m weird for liking tomato juice — IT’S NOT EVEN JUST TOMATO JUICE! It’s actually EIGHT (and I’m pretty sure some other random vegetable purees or some weird shit) vegetables and you know what they all have in common? DELICIOUSNESS. There. End V8 rant.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, Bloody Mary and I, we go way back. It was always that drink I was used to my older family members drinking at brunches and on vacations during breakfast after a long (HA) night. The one thing I learned from my mom was to never use pre-made mixers — V8 all the way. While, don’t get me wrong, mixers in a bottle can be quite delicious, you always feel so much more accomplished making your drinks from scratch. Therefore, my recipe perfection mission ensued — and this was the ending result:
- Spicy Hot V8 juice (or original, if you’re lame)
- Vodka — live it up, get the Goose.
- Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins!)
- Barbecue sauce
- Tabasco sauce
- White vinegar
- Kosher salt
- Cracked black pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- CELERY. CELERY. TOO MUCH CELERY.
- Olives (if you’re into that. I’m clearly not.)
Fill a glass with 2/3 ice.
Add vodka. Be liberal, I mean you want to have a good time. (Especially if you splurged for the Goose!)
Eyeball the following into your glass: a few dashes of worcestershire and tabasco sauce as well as about a tablespoon of barbecue. I enjoy Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Recipe for something bolder. For sweeter, Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey is also great.
Add about a 1/2 capful of white vinegar to dilute the ingredients (mainly the barbeque sauce) and help them blend together. I’d say it’s about a 1/2 teaspoon. Don’t add too much or the vinegar taste will be way too strong.
Go crazy with your spices. More paprika for a bolder taste, garlic and chili powder for spice. I like a lot of pepper in mine. I also like a good amount of oregano, parsley and basil. Add as you see fit!
Stir these all together until the barbecue sauce is well blended.
Top with V8! Blend with the vodka-barbecue goodness.
Add some celery (or olives. or both.) and hell, add some more pepper. Live a little.