Bloody Mary Mix Is Not Only for Mary!

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Bloody Mary is that delightful savory cocktail that is acceptable for everything from breakfasts to tailgates. When most people think of alternative uses for Bloody Mary mix, they tend to think of other cocktails. Sure, you can add the mix to tequila instead of vodka for a Bloody Maria, add clam juice for a Bloody Caesar, or add mix to your favorite beer for a Bloody Beer … but what else can you do with the
mix? Here are couple of ideas.

  • Gazpacho: Blend with stale bread for a quick and easy gazpacho. Top with a delightful and fragrant olive oil.
  • Bruschetta: Mix Bloody Mary mix with tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil and top on toast crisps for an interesting bruschetta.
  • Tomato Soup: Bring Bloody Mary mix, chicken stock and heavy cream together and warm for a flavorful tomato soup.
  • Marinade: Marinate beef, shrimp, chicken or steak before cooking. The acid and spices will help tenderize and flavor the meat.
  • Chili: Bloody Mary mix is excellent in chili.
  • Pasta: If you like vodka sauce, bring Bloody Mary Mix to simmer. Remove from heat, add heavy cream, butter and Parmesan cheese. Add to cooked pasta of your choice and enjoy!
  • Meatballs: Cover meatballs in Bloody Mary mix and bake.
  • Popsicles: Make Bloody Mary popsicles for a cold summer treat.
  • Deviled Eggs: Add some Bloody Mary mix in your next batch of deviled eggs for a spicy treat.
  • Dips: Need a quick dip? Mix ½ cup of Bloody Mary Mix with 1/3 cup of mayonnaise, 8 ounces of cream cheese and a handful of chives. Or add 8 ounces of lump crab meat, minced onion, lemon juice and celery seeds for something special.
  • Goulash: Swap out tomato juice for Bloody Mary mix next time you make goulash.
  • Braising: Use Bloody Mary mix instead of red wine next time you braise beef.
  • Queso Dip: Add some Bloody Mary mix to you next batch of Queso dip.
  • Pizza: Try a thick Bloody Mary mix as sauce on your next pizza!

Quarantine Cocktails

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We all get it. We are all stuck at home with nothing to do. Some of us are stuck at home with kids, some with roommates or significant others. Regardless of your situation, this whole thing has us stir crazy. What are people doing about it? Apparently, we make cocktails! Did you know, liquor stores reported a 55% increase in sales in March of 2020? Since this quarantine is going through at least May of 2020, lets talk about some options for quarantine cocktails.

How did we determine which cocktails are worthy?

  1. Would we drink them.
  2. Are they expensive?
  3. Are they easy to make?
  4. Would the ingredients be easily available?

Let’s start with a short grocery list that will maximize your cocktail consumption:

  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Whisky
  • Ginger Beer
  • Limes
  • Pop (yes we call it pop because we’re from Nebraska, otherwise known as soda or cola)
  • Juice

Now let’s talk cocktails!

  1. Mules: Most are familiar with the Moscow Mule … 1 1⁄2 oz vodka, 4 oz ginger beer and 1/6 oz lime juice. Switch out the vodka with tequila, now it’s a Mexican mule. Switch out the vodka with whiskey, now it’s an Irish Mule.
  2. Margaritas: A simple margarita recipe is tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and orange liqueur. Don’t have orange liqueur? Try a splash of ginger beer or a splash of a lemon/lime pop. Also, if you don’t have tequila, try vodka.
  3. Screwdriver: 1 3⁄4 oz vodka, 3 1⁄2 oz orange juice … if you have grenadine, then switch out the vodka with tequila and voila, you now have a tequila sunrise.
  4. Hot Toddy: 1⁄4 lemon, 1 Tablespoon honey and 2 ounces whiskey. Make it cold instead of hot and you have a whiskey sour. Remove the honey and add ginger ale, congratulations, you just made yourself a ginger highball.
  5. Spiked Tea or Lemonade: Spiked Southern tea contains 2 ounces bourbon, 1 Tablespoon real maple syrup and 4 ounces tea … or simply add a shot of your favorite liquor to your favorite lemonade.
  6. Irish Coffee: Combine 2 1⁄2 ounces of coffee, with 1 1⁄2 ounces of whiskey and 1⁄2 ounce cream.
  7. The Good Ole’ Regular: Finally, you always have the gold standard of liquor mixed with pop or juice of your choice …
  8. Kamikaze: If this lasts for much longer just dump everything together!