Local Libations: Easy Like Sunday Morning – Jalapeño Bloody Mary
by Kat Durant
Reading Sarah’s Frittata recipe, my first thought was of leisurely weekend brunches – a time for good food and drink without too much effort. One of my all time favorite cocktails fits perfectly with the brunch theme…the bloody mary! Much like a frittata, it is hard to get wrong. Many typical pantry items work well in a bloody mary such as fresh pepper, Worchestershire sauce, or hot sauce – be creative! Use whatever you have in the cupboard to liven it up. There are recipes to make your own bloody mary mix, but that can be too much work on a Sunday morning. So for this week’s cocktail I used California’s own Dr. Swami & Bone Daddy’s Gourmet Bloody Mary mix, it is all natural, has no added sugar, and is made with horseradish which makes for an extra kick. Bloody marys are cocktails that benefit from a little spiciness. For this recipe I used my homemade jalapeño infused vodka which I prepared earlier this summer using jalapeños from my garden. I’ve been using it add spiciness to all types of cocktails over the past few weeks.
To infuse your own vodka: put a couple of jalapeños in an air-sealed jar (a mason jar or wire-bale jar like the one in the picture above will work fine), then pour the desired amount of vodka over a couple of whole peppers and let sit for about 5 days. The peppers will gradually release their spiciness into the liquor. You can taste the vodka each day and decide how hot you want it before you pull out the jalapenos. I used a ratio of two peppers to three cups of vodka. It is very easy and fun!
One of the most fun parts about a bloody mary is the garnish! So I like to rim the glass with zesty seasoning: a mixture of a Mexican fruit seasoning and Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning (like I said, use whatever you have in the cupboard). Use a lime to wet the rim of the glass and then dip it in a saucer filled with the seasoning mix. You can then squeeze the rest of the lime right into the drink. I’m sure you’re familiar with the typical celery spear for garnish but I like to finish the drink with something more unique like a few spears of pickled green beans, pickled asparagus, or my favorite: pickled okra. YUM!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
Pre- prep time for jalapeño infused vodka: 3-5 days
Tools: spoon, saucer plate, lime press
- 1 oz. (or more) jalapeño-infused vodka
- 3 oz. bloody mary mix
- 1 lime
- mexican fruit seasoning
- Slap Your Mama cajun seasoning
- spicy pickled okra
- Pour the seasonings onto a saucer.
- Rim glass the with lime and dip in the seasoning.
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add 1 1/2 oz jalapeño infused vodka.
- Add 3 oz bloody mary mix.
- Squeeze in the lime juice and stir.
- Garnish with pickled okra or your favorite crunchy vegetable.