A homemade Bloody Mary mix can easily be made when you are canning tomato juice. This drink is one of the vodka recipes which is so welcomed as cocktail party recipes; especially at holidays.
By home canning recipes like this, mixing drinks become a breeze; simply add the vodka and maybe ice and garnish. The mix already has the (tomato) juice, a variety of spices and flavorings.
The Bloody Mary is a very popular, like hard cider, alcoholic drink at parties. It is spicy (often real spicy) and made by adding vodka which dates back to the 1920’s. The name is attributed to many different people; from a bar maid to Queen Mary. Another source for the name comes from a ghost called Bloody Mary in folklore which is also indirectly related to Queen Mary. As in most folk tales the story varies depending on who is telling it but it has to do with all the false pregnancies and miscarriages of Queen Mary.
The Bloody Mary is one of the limitless range of alcoholic beverages served at dinner parties and cocktail parties. The potential flavorings run from many different spices, (vegetables), herbs and sauces. Traditionally, this drink is mixed in a shaker with ice and seasonings; after shaking it is pour into a glass and served with garnishes. Like most drinks it can have added sugar or tart; it can be mildly seasoned or it can be very spicy. Even the amount of alcohol added can vary according to taste or some choose to change the vodka to other alcohols.
Start making a homemade Bloody Mary mix like you are canning tomato or grape juice. Wash and drain firm red ripe tomatoes; make sure all decayed spots or blemishes are removed. These can cause the juice to spoil. Cut tomatoes into quarters or small pieces and slowly simmer until soft; stir often. Press through fine sieve or food mill; put juice and about half of pulp back in kettle. NOTE: At this point you can add whatever seasonings you like (or you can proceed to can tomato juice) in the homemade Bloody Mary mix; below are some suggestions.
NOTE: To serve a Bloody Mary Drink fill a tall glass with ice, add 3 ounces vodka (or desired amount), fill glass with homemade Bloody Mary mix and garnish with a stalk of celery taller than rim of glass.
SPICY BLOODY MARY RECIPE
Dip tomatoes in hot water then cold water to remove peels. Slowly simmer until tender stirring often; no water tomatoes will produce their own juice. Press through fine sieve; return juice to kettle (I like to add half of pulp to make thicker mix). Add remaining ingredients and bring mixture almost to boiling point. Pour into hot sterilized quart canning jars leaving ¼ inch headspace. Wipe rims and adjust caps. Process for 15 minutes in boiling hot water bath. Check lids (by pressing down on tops) to make sure they sealed tightly. Store in a cool dark place at least 1 month before serving to enhance flavor.
BLOODY MARY DRINK
If you do not want to make homemade Bloody Mary mix and just use your home canned tomato juice, the following is a recipe to mix each glass.
MACALLAN SCOTCH RECIPE
This Scotch recipe can be made with the Homemade Bloody Mary mix or with your home canned tomato juice. It can also be included in your cocktail party recipes for those who prefer Scotch over vodka.
Pour the scotch and juice into ice filled highball glass; garnish with cucumber and ginger.
TOMATO PUNCH RECIPE
Combine and blend together; pour over ice filled glasses.
Garnish with stalk of celery