I chased those flavors around a few times and made a few changes of my own. For instance, the best Bloody Mary SWMBO has had at Motor Supply was made with a tamarind-infused vodka. Since we go through alcohol rather slowly here at the House of Chez Casa, I didn’t want to flavor a whole bottle that was likely to be asked to serve in a variety of drinks. So I added tamarind to the mix. Other changes I made just because the results were good.
UPDATE: I keep dinking with this recipe and most recently modified the proportions for the after-party for Augustine Broadbent’s baptism; I started with 2 64 oz. bottles of juice then and am cutting the recipe in half here. This incarnation now dated 28 January 2012.
UPDATE: The Dr.’s tastebuds keep changing. For instance, she has lost her beloved pimento cheese, and has been cutting lemon way, way down. So below is for the batch I made on 9 Feb ’13 (and the recipe’s still working for her as of 12 Nov. ’16).
So here it is, the current incarnation of my Bloody Mary mix:
1. Put into a blender:
- 1 Tbsp. Tobasco
- 1 tsp. bitters
- 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire
- 2 Tbsp. A1
- 1 tsp. pickle juice
- the juice from ¼ lemon
- the juice from ¼ lime
- 1½ oz. (¼ 6 oz. jar) Kalamata olives
- ½ tsp. celery seed
- ½ Tbsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. pure cane sugar
- ½ Tbsp. horseradish
- 1 3/4 oz. tamarind patty (I get this at an Indian grocery in 14 oz patties and used 1/8 patty. Watch for seeds; I chop the patty coarsely in order to find & remove the seeds before putting the tamarind into the blender.)
3. Run the blender until you have a smooth (if somewhat viscous) concoction.
4. Run the contents of the blender through a food mill into a large pitcher (to get any bits and bobs, especially from the tamarind patty), pour in the rest of the tomato juice, & mix well.
5. Pour 64 oz. of the mix back into the tomato juice bottle (this is why I buy a bottle rather than a can -- resealability).
6. Split the remaining 16 oz. or so between two rocks glasses.
7. Put the bottle of mix in the fridge and do something about those two rocks glasses.