Karen’s “The Best Damn Bloody Mary Ever”

I have been known to be skeptical of bloody marys–or at least I was until I tried Karen’s. Usually, I think they taste like cold, boozy soup–which is fine if you need lunch, but not a stiff drink. Karen changed all that. She served her version on New Year’s Day to a group of hungover friends, and it was a revelation. Perfectly balanced, both citrusy and spicy, and chock full of my favorite thing–cilantro. Since then, I am a complete convert.

recipe by Karen Ruppanner

Start with a pint glass and fill it with ice. Add a spoonful of horseradish. (I like a lot.) Then add a few shakes of celery salt, plenty of tobasco, and a generous amount worcestershire sauce. Add fresh ground pepper and a squeeze of a fresh lime or lemon wedge. Now for the important ingredients. Add finely chopped fresh cilantro and diced cucumber. (Be sure the pieces are tiny!) After all of the spices and veggies have been added, fill the glass half-full with vodka, or to your liking. Fill the remaining half with tomato juice (not Bloody Mary mix!). Stir and taste. You may need to add more tobasco, worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and lime juice…..I usually do at this point. Garnish with a celery stalk, a peppercini, a lime wedge, a lemon wheel, a cucumber wheel, and of course a blue cheese stuffed olive. Yum! I promise you will have THE BEST DAMN BLOODY MARY EVER!

A picture of the gorgeous bloody-mary genius!


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