January 1st is unofficially National Bloody Mary day – a day where many might be feeling in need of a restorative cure after the previous evening’s celebrations. Of course, our remedy for this is in the form of a bloody mary cocktail. The perfect bloody mary is a hotly debated topic with endless variations and additions to suit personal taste. To help ease you into the new year, we’ve created three perfectly balanced recipes that’ll have you feeling ship-shape on the first sip.
Before you get started, we have a few tips to help you along. Firstly, ensuring you select a good quality tomato juice is vital. You are looking for a satisfyingly thick juice with no additives and a brick red colouring. We recommend Turner Hardy – their juices are freshly pressed from tomatoes grown on their Isle of Wight farm with a choice of three ranging in different levels of seasoning so you can add your own or use their delicious ready mixed bottles. Secondly, we recommend a technique called ‘rolling’ to mix the drink which involves simply popping the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with cubed ice and gently tipping upside down until thoroughly mixed, being cautious of over dilution causing a watery juice. Lastly, it’s very important to note that you can always add but not take away, so do be careful when adding the spices and taste as you go along.