Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, September 2018, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 36

Bloody mary

by Amer A. Vargas

On this occasion, we return to classic cocktails to learn a bit more about one of the most famous cocktails worldwide: the Bloody Mary.

This cocktail uses a variety of ingredients and one can add others to offer a more personal and interesting twist.

Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary by Goblinbox (queen-of-ad-hoc-bento)

The basic Bloody Mary requires: 4,5 cl (1,5 oz) of vodka, 9 cl (3 oz) of tomato juice, 1,5 cl (0,5 oz) of lemon juice, 3 dashes of Worcestershire or English sauce, 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce and a pinch of salt and black pepper.

The classic way to prepare this cocktail is in a mixer glass (rather than a cocktail shaker). Fill the mixer glass with ice cubes and add all the ingredients, stirring for a few seconds until condensation on the exterior of the glass confirms the whole mix is really cold.

Decorate the rim of a Collins glass by dipping it in lemon juice then placing it on coarse salt or salt flakes, mixed with some ground black pepper for a more appealing result. Then, fill ¾ of the glass with ice cubes and pour the mix.

This cocktail is commonly decorated with a celery stick, a cucumber or lime or lemon slice or even a cocktail shrimp or a pickle spear.

And for those particular personal twists we mentioned above, try adding freshly grated horseradish, some curry powder or even a little bit of wasabi…wow! Enjoy!

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Por Steven Ferry

Steven Ferry is chairman of the International Institute of Modern Butlers and the author of bestsellers "Butlers & Household Managers 21st Century Professionals" and "Hotel Butlers, The Great Service Differentiators." He also trains and consults for the profession around the world.