My boyfriend, Robert, makes these bloody marys every year at our annual New Years Day party and they are always a big hit. His secret ingredient is a Mexican tomato sauce called El Pato - this makes his drinks nice and spicy. If you can't find El Pato, you can leave it out and your bloody marys will still be good. The key to making great bloody marys is to leave the drinks unmixed with the vodka at the bottom of the glass, followed by the spicy tomato sauce, and then just a dash of tabasco, worcestershire sauce, and celery salt floating on top for aroma. Try serving up these bloody marys at your next liesurely Sunday brunch - their spiciness is guaranteed to perk things up!
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a 46 ounce can of tomato juice
a 7 ounce can of el pato or other spicy tomato sauce
1 heaping tablespoon grated horseradish
celery stalks for garnish
a 750 ml bottle of vodka
worcestershire sauce
tabasco sauce
celery salt

Cooking Instructions

Combine the tomato juice, spicy tomato sauce and horseradish in a large pitcher and stir well to blend in the horseradish. Keep refrigerated and use as needed.

To make a drink, place one celery stalk and 5 to 6 ice cubes in a 16 ounce pint glass. Add about 2 ounces of vodka to the glass and then fill the rest of the glass with the tomato mixture, adding it slowly to create a layered effect. Top the drink with a few drops of worcestershire and tabasco sauce and a light sprinkling of celery salt. Serve.

Makes about 10 drinks



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Horseradish can sometime be clumpy making it hard to mix evenly into the tomato juice. If you find that you are having trouble mixing it in, try blending the horseradish with a cup or so of the tomato juice in a blender before adding to the pitcher.

Celery stalks are traditionally used as the garnish, and that is all that is called for in this recipe, but you should try experimenting with other garnishes too. I've seen bloody marys that look like they have an entire salad coming out of the glass. Cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini, and pickled okra or green beans all make fun garnishes.

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