Yesterday I wanted to be fancy and make a drink similar to the one a friend had ordered during the summer called ‘The Caesar’. Now, I was clueless on what it was and thought it was a Bloody Mary, which I’ve often heard about but never had. With one sip I am able to say, it really woke up the senses! It was garnished with the classic celery stalk and was very spicy. Its main ingredient, I later learned, is Clamato juice which is reconstituted tomato juice concentrate flavoured with spices and clam broth. This certainly explains the various flavors that were bouncing in my mouth. Similarly, even the Classic Bloody Mary packs quite a punch with up to 1 cup of vodka per 6 oz. serving. My version of fancy was a vegetable juice flavoured drink with touches of spice and tanginess.
The beauty of the Virgin Mary is that anyone can enjoy this drink anytime of the day. aking a Virgin Mary from scratch could not be easier. Once you pour the tomato (or in my case, vegetable) and lemon (or lime) juices, the other ingredients are simply there to ramp up the taste. You can make it as spicy or mild as you like and add other spices to bring in a different flare.
Virgin Bloody Mary
1 (5fl. Oz) V8 100%Vegetable juice
2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Celery seed
1 tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 Lime (quartered)
1 Celery Stalk (rinsed and dried)
4 Ice cubes
Pour the vegetable juice in an 8 oz glass, adding the seasonings to taste and mixing well. Also squeeze 2 lime quarters into the blended drink. Place desired amount of ice cubes in the drink and garnish with the celery stalk. Sip and Enjoy!
Tip: Worcestershire Sauce and Tabasco sauce are recommended great additions and will add a deeper level of flavor. I would normally add these but did not have any at time.
Feel free to be inventive! You can try it with Clamato juice, use diced Scotch bonnet for heat intensity or lemon for a more subtle flavor.
Note: The ingredients are not brand specific and are selected at your discretion
What did you think of the recipe? What would you add to it? Have you ever tried ‘The Caesar’?