Pick-Me-Up Bloody Mary

For many the Bloody Mary is a breakfast hangover drink.  Not for me.  I like a big pot of tea the morning after overindulging. Unless I have to go to a wedding, the races, or some other event that requires one to get back in the saddle, that is.

But at the end of a long day when you’re tired but still have a few hours to put in, I find a Bloody Mary the perfect tonic.  The chilli and lemon in this version will lift you, rather than make you feel instantly more tired like a glass of wine often will.

You need to get some dried chillis infusing in a bottle of (good) vodka for at least a few days.  Mine in the photo have been in there for a few weeks, giving the vodka a lovely golden tinge, and quite a kick too! You can use tobasco sauce but I highly recommend having a bottle of chilli infused vodka in your pantry, it is far superior.  And whilst I’m not inclined to a Bloody Mary at breakfast, I have been known to add a dash of chilli vodka to scrambled eggs!

The dry sherry was a tip I picked up from Nigella, and it rounds it all out beautifully.

Serves 1

  • 1 shot chilli infused vodka
  • dash of dry sherry
  • tomato or vegetable juice (I prefer the “V8” vegetable juice to tomato, its less sweet and not as thick)
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • celery salt (from the spice section in the supermarket)
  • half a lemon, quartered
  • celery stalk to swizzle

Put some ice in a glass, pour over the vodka, sherry and juice.  Add the Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of one quarter of the lemon, and put the other lemon quarter in the glass. Sprinkle with celery salt, swizzle with the celery stalk, and serve.


2 thoughts on “Pick-Me-Up Bloody Mary

  1. David Henderson August 15, 2010 at 2:51 am Reply

    That bottle of vodka looks amazing and adding it to scrambled eggs is inspired.

  2. theabbotsfordkitchen August 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm Reply

    Thanks David – give it a go! I like to infuse all sorts of things in vodka bottles… sticks of cinnamon, chilli, vanilla beans… And I am always looking for ways to make breakfast truly the best meal of the day! 🙂

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