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Happy Hour: Drinkable Salad aka Bloody Mary

When we decided to declare this week salad week, I knew that the first happy hour would have to be the quintessential Bloody Mary. In a way the Bloody Mary is like a liquid salad - celery, onions, tomatoes - only with alcohol in it. I know that a lot of people dislike the way they taste, however there is something about the savory flavor that keeps me coming back for more. To whip up your own alcoholic salad,

Bloody Mary
From Ina Garten

3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco), or to taste
1 1/2 cups vodka

  1. Cut the celery in large dice, including the leaves, and puree in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until finely minced.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the rest of the ingredients except the vodka.
  3. With the food processor running, pour 1/4 of the tomato juice mixture into the food processor through the feed tube.
  4. Then pour the contents of the food processor into the pitcher with the remaining tomato juice mixture.
  5. Add the vodka and chill.
  6. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a stick of celery.

Serves 6

Join The Conversation
SugarJaniece SugarJaniece 10 years
A Caesar is a cocktail similar to the Bloody Mary; they are known as clamdiggers in the US:
daddio49 daddio49 10 years
what is a caesar??
honey_ryder honey_ryder 10 years
I love restaurants with Bloody Mary bars! :) A favorite weekend tradition for my boyfriend and I! I like to make mine with Absolut Peppar! SO spicy and good!
robercin robercin 10 years
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
<3 these
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
grrr... I was going to say I <3 these :)
ElleJay ElleJay 10 years
I <3 these! I love tomato, and I know a lot of people who won't drink them because they don't like anything tomato though. Just be careful- I once drank 3 in a row and got horrible heart burn from the pepper :(
total total 10 years
d_ford, I hear you. I don't know what it is about Caesars, but they knock the Bloody Mary's socks off! ;) If you grate fresh horseradish into a Caesar it's even more tasty.
minnie minnie 10 years
Oh a bloody mary is what I kick off every saturday morning with during football season! In the South we garnish with pickled okrah too. and Lots of Tony Cacherie's!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
I like all of the ingredients individually so I fgured I's adore them- Can't stand them!!!
mollywog mollywog 10 years
I love Bloody Marys! But I prefer one of those pickled green beans as a garnish rather than celery. Maybe that's a west coast thing?
d_ford d_ford 10 years
Bloody Mary's are yucky and definitely not a good as Caesars. Unfortunately, every time I go to the US, I can never get one!
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 10 years
hills hills 10 years
lv bloody marys, yum, with lots of worcester sauce
llendril llendril 10 years
i am such a huge fan of vegetables that i knew a bloody mary would end up being one of my favorite drinks once i hit 21. i've never heard of anyone referring to it as liquid salad, though. that's a great way to describe it. lol
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
Not a huge fan of the bloody mary. If it has a lot of Tobasco and not alot of tomato :)
prettypopj prettypopj 10 years
i love a bloody mary
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