Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

     It is summer here, (well supposed to be if it ever stops raining), in West Virginia, a special time of year in my part of the state, where the sun stays out for at least fifteen hours. The humidity is high which makes it feel more like 90 degrees versus 80. The perfect temperature to go down to the river and spend the whole day. I typically do this at least once a week every summer. Sit on the rocks and get a tan or float around in the river or even tube down it. Since quitting my job and taking on an evening job I have found myself doing this at least 3-4 days a week now that my days are empty. I have a lovely space I get to go to, a spot that was discovered by a good friend of mine. She has been a friend ever since she was my boss back in my high school days when I became a lifeguard at the local YMCA.  She has taught me a lot. From appreciating the spiritual side of nature to enjoying the smaller things in life. Whenever we meet up at the river she is always supplied with all the necessities. From snacks, lunch, radio, first aid, ashtray, to even toilet paper and a shovel, you name it she has packed it tightly and neatly into a little shoulder sack. One of her biggest carry-ons is her Bloody Mary, enough to supply at least the two of us, if not more, for the whole afternoon. This recipe is not hers but one I have come up with. Blood Marys are the perfect summertime, river drink. Not only are they full of goodness and heartiness from the tomato juice and spices but serve as a health benefit. Tomatoes are a good source of nutrients and help protect the skin from the bad sun rays. This recipe makes at least a gallon. Plenty for at least 2-3 of you while tubing down the river or just enjoying the goodness that summer has to offer in your little piece of heaven.  Bloody Mary


  • 1 1/2 liter bottle vodka
  • 2 large cans 100% tomato juice
  • 1 tbs horseradish
  • 2  limes
  • 1/4 cup olive juice
  • Worcestershire
  • Liquid smoke
  • Black pepper
  • Creole seasoning

     In a gallon jug pour the vodka and the tomato juice in. Stir in the horseradish. Cut the two limes and squeeze the juice in. Save the limes for garnish or to drop into your drink. Pour in the olive juice. Add a couple dashes of Worcestershire and liquid smoke. Shake in about 3 tablespoons black pepper and about 3 tablespoons of a good Creole seasoning. Cover the gallon jug and shake, shake, shake. Ta Da! Ready to serve. Also the longer it sits in the fridge the better and spicier the taste. Simple easy and delicious Bloody Mary. The perfect summer drink and even better as an early morning hangover remedy. :) Thanks Jill. Love ya.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2-5 depending on how much you can drink

Relaxing on the river

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