Although I am a trainer and all about healthy choices, I imbibe from time to time. But when I do, I imbibe healthfully! Below is a recipe for Bloody Marys, a trifecta of goodness: 1. They contain booze for a happy buzz. 2. They contain tomato juice for a healthy beverage. 3. They are acceptable to drink before noon! If you’d like the healthy beverage without the buzz, just omit the alcohol.
This recipe was passed from my Grandfather to my Uncle to me. Seriously. It’s one of the only traditions that has survived the many years. We drink them every Christmas morning. I am drinking one now! Happy Health!
* My culinary posts are meant to be guidelines, not recipes. They are different from what you would usually find in a cookbook, because I think cooking should be inspired and new every time you do it. If you like heat, add a sh**load of cayenne or jalapenos to one of my recipes. If my guideline calls for cilantro but cilantro tastes like soap to you, leave it out. When I cook, I get a buzz from the thrill of creation. The same can happen to you.
1/2-3/4 cup tomato juice (I like the more natural ones from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, and you can also opt for a low salt version if you are watching your salt intake)
1 jigger vodka
splash Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. horseradish
splash lemon juice
splash hot sauce (I like Frank’s Red Hot but you can use any)
dash black pepper
dash celery salt
Combine all ingredients over ice. Stir with a celery stick. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with green olives, pickled veggies, a cocktail shrimp or bacon.