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Friday Drink Special: Bourbon Bloody Mary

Friday Drink Special: Bourbon Bloody Mary
Friday Drink Special: Bourbon Bloody Mary

Toast the new football season with this classic tailgating drink, which gets an extra kick from brown booze.

Bourbon Bloody Mary

I like to think I can hang with the guys — I love red meat, I drink whiskey without mixers, and I curse like a goddamned sailor — except when it comes to sports. I just don’t get sports things, nor do I care to. But people are talking a lot about football lately, and according to my husband, the Bloody Mary is a big tailgating drink.

Bloody Marys I like. I like them even better when they’re made with bourbon, instead of the traditional vodka. In fact, get a few bourbon Bloody Marys in me and I might even be able to sit through a football game.

I first had a bourbon Bloody Mary at Char No. 4 in Brooklyn. Theirs is made with fresh horseradish and a house-made pickle. My version uses my favorite hot sauce, Sriracha, and is simple enough to make while you’re tailgating, or brunching, if that’s more your style.

Bourbon Bloody Mary

1 lime wedge
celery salt
2 ounces bourbon
1 tablespoon Sriracha (or less if you can’t stand the heat)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt
5.5 ounces regular tomato juice (the little six-pack cans are perfect for this, no measuring required

Glassware: Pint glass, or red plastic cup if you’re tailgating

Method: Moisten the rim of your glass with a slice of lime, then roll the top of the cup on a plate lined with celery salt. (Note: This first step can be eliminated if you’re using an actual tailgate for a table top.) Fill glass three-quarters full with ice. Add bourbon, sriracha, Worcestershire sauce, a generous sprinkling of pepper, and a hearty dash of both celery and regular salts, then give it a good stir. Fill to the top with tomato juice, add a generous squeeze of lime (don’t skip the lime, or your drink will be too sweet), and stir again. Garnish the glass with the lime wedge and enjoy.

What do you think?

Written by Soumya

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