Saturday, February 5

A Sip of Southern

National Signing Day was this week and as far as I'm concerned, football season has commenced. To celebrate, this week's Sip of Southern is the classic tailgate libation, the Bloody Mary. This spicy concoction is a staple from The Swamp to The Grove and can be made with a myriad of ingredients. Simply speaking, a Bloody Mary should have a base of tomato juice, vodka and a selection of spices and garnishes. No two Bloody's are alike and I prefer to put so many garnishes in mine that I fulfill my daily serving of vegetables {a healthy diet is important, y'all}. What better way to prepare for a Saturday battle on the Gridiron?

Bloody Mary
Source: Carlee Sizemore

8 ounces of Tomato Juice or, if you prefer, 8 ounces Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix {the quick version}
1 1/4 ounce of Vodka, preferably Absolut Peppar or Bakon Vodka*
2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, or more to taste
2 dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce, or more to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Horseradish to taste
Squeeze of lemon or lime
Garnish with Pickled Okra or Sport Peppers, Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives, Celery and Lemon or Lime

Fill a Collins Glass with Crushed Ice, Fill with Ingredients and Stir. Garnish and Serve.

*Y'all, there is bacon flavored vodka. My lil' piggy loving heart be still!

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