I had a brand new bottle of Beefeater Gin and wanted to put it to good use here on Gin & Griddle! So I thought a Bloody Mary (to accompany some rugby watching) seemed a perfect way to do this. Over the years I’ve had a love hate relationship with Bloody Marys…when they are good they can be incredible but when bad, ghastly concoctions. This one with Beefeater Gin was delicious.
Wandering around Marks and Spencer, I came across Stonewall Kitchen’s Bloody Mary Mixer – I love some of the unusual and different food products M&S bring in just like this. I decided to give it a try, rather than mixing my own version. I tasted it first before making up the cocktail – lots of tomato, just enough spice and pepper, lemony and zesty. The balance of flavours seemed just right.
I like a Bloody Mary quite simple, lots of ice, a garnish of with celery… I’m not crazy on the wacky garnishes you see – bacon, prawns and the like. So back to my bloody mary, made with Gin! While I do like a vodka Bloody Mary which is definitely the more standard version, gin adds something different to it. Often called a Red Snapper, I generally stick to the Bloody Mary name…
- A double shot of your favourite Gin (I used Beefeater Gin and it worked perfectly!)
- 175ml Bloody Mary Mix
The spices and botanical of the Gin itself only add to the flavouring of the Bloody Mary cocktail… I love it and hope you will too…