Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bloody Mary's

Last weekend we had another cocktail party.
And I was a really bad blogger and didn't take pictures of any of it.
Including one of my favorite parts: our party favors.
Mike had the great idea of making Bloody Mary's for people to take home as party favors for the "morning after".
They turned out pretty darn cute.
Because I'm too lazy to recreate what they actually looked like, here is the one I have saved for me.

I love mason jars.  And they sell them in packs of 12 at Walmart for like 4 bucks.  Score.

And here are the tags we tied on with rope.
Rope also from Walmart.  We're thrifty people.

And here is the recipe to make your own Bloody Mary mix.  
Delish.
Easy.
Cheap.

Enjoy!

Ingredients
2 lbs. fresh tomatoes
1 lb. fresh carrots
6 fresh celery ribs
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 Tbs. horseradish root (freshly grated if possible)
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. finely ground Maldon or another sea salt
 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp. green Tabasco
1.5 tsp. red Tabasco

Tools
Sharp knife
Cutting board
Grater
Blender or food processor
Fine strainer
Wooden spoon
Large measuring glass

Instructions
Coarsely chop the tomatoes.  In batches, blend with any accumulated juices until completely pureed, and fine-strain into a large measuring glass pushing through all liquid with a wooden spoon.  You want about 2.5 cups of tomato juice.
Grate the carrots and coarsely chop the celery (leaves included), reserving any liquid.
Blend the shredded carrots and chopped celery in two batches with the reserved liquid and 1/4 cup of water per batch (if necessary) until completely pureed.
Fine-strain into the same measuring glass as the tomato juice, pushing through all liquid with a wooden spoon.
Transfer the veggie juice into a large glass jar, add remaining ingredients, secure with a lid and shake vigorously to combine.  The mix will keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.  Shake before each use.

*We doubled the recipe and it made enough to fill 10 of the mason jars.  We gave each away with a little vodka mini from the liquor store.  Cute, boozy, and homemade.  Perfect!

Recipe via Imbibe Magazine



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