Ultimate Spicy Bloody Mary

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Gainesville is a town that really supports small businesses, so between the food trucks, local breweries, and international restaurants, there is always something new to try. Since we have only lived here 3 months, we are learning about different places daily. A few weeks ago, we checked out brunch at a local restaurant we had not visited before. The food was great, but the highlight of the meal was their $6 Bloody Mary Bar. This bar had jumbo cooked shrimp, bacon, pickled vegetables, celery, about 8 different seasonings, at least a dozen hot sauce varieties, olives, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and two different tomato juice blends. Add some vodka and ice, and it’s the perfect Ultimate Spicy Bloody Mary. Since we generally prepare brunch at home after walking to our local farmer’s market, I created a similar drink with my favorite mix-ins. Here’s how!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 Tablespoons El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • Seasoned salt
  • Optional toppings: bacon, stuffed olives, small pickles, celery sticks

Directions:

This recipe begins with a trip to our local farmer’s market. We live in a community that was built into a wooded area. We walk about a mile together as a family each Saturday morning to go to the farmer’s market. There are probably about 20 vendors each week. Some of our favorite purchases go great with this recipe: a variety of olives, deep-sea red shrimp, bacon from locally-raised pigs, and different seasoning blends. We really enjoy this family time together!

When we return from the farmer’s market, we often prepare a family brunch, which includes our favorite cocktail: Ultimate Spicy Bloody Mary. Begin by gathering the main ingredients for your drink mix. This includes tomato juice, prepared horseradish, worcestershire sauce, and El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero {or any other flavor of El Yucateco® you prefer}.

Fill your pitcher with four cups of tomato juice and one cup of vodka. Stir in one tablespoon of prepared horseradish, one tablespoon of worcestershire sauce, and  two tablespoons of El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero. This is the base for your Bloody Mary and will make four servings.

Next, place your favorite seasoning salt {I prefer the kind used to boil seafood} in a small dish. Rub the rim of the glass with either a lemon wedge, vodka, or plain water. Then twirl your glass in the seasoning salt.

This is the fun part. Remember all the toppings I mentioned at the local restaurant we recently tried? Well, it’s your turn to get creative with your Spicy Bloody Mary. I chose bacon, blue cheese stuffed olives, and mini dill pickles for my cocktail. And if you’d like, a little extra El Yucateco®. El Yucateco® is all about the ways people enjoy nature, outdoors, friends, and family.

Now, you’re ready to build your Ultimate Spicy Bloody Mary. Add ice to your glass. Pour your mixture from the pitcher into your glass with the salted rim. Grab a wooden skewer, and add all of your favorite toppings. A celery stalk and festive straw and your Bloody Mary is ready for Brunch!

Head to Publix where you can find several varieties of El Yucateco® hot sauce. El Yucateco® is the #1 consumer choice. It is a fun flavorful brand that people love and make a part of their every day. El Yucateco®’s ingredients come from Field to Bottle. It includes no artificial colors, but the same great taste that makes it the King of Flavor since 1968.

What’s your favorite brunch cocktail?

About Richard Wells

Richard Wells is an English teacher, husband, and father of two young children who lives in South Florida.
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