Got your attention, didn’t I? This last Friday, a few of the neighbors and I volunteered at a golf tournament to raise money for a family with medical issues. This tournament has been going on for 19 years. This year, my neighbor, the Bloody Mary Master, and I set up a Bloody Mary Bar. It was a hit. We had enough compliments to make us want to do it again next year, a couple of job offers, and we raised a lot of money for the cause.
The Bloody Mary Bar
Pearl Vodka donated plain vodka and cucumber vodka for our bar. When we first heard of the cucumber vodka, we laughed. Not really…..we scoffed, made fun of it, and I think one of us even snorted in the middle of a giggle. I’m not saying who. Joining me on yet another taste testing adventure were six of my neighbors and Mr. Gravy. Together, we have taste tested different beers, wines, whiskeys, and tequilas. We were up to the task of cucumber vodka. An eclectic bunch. They are the best.
After the first taste, straight out of the bottle which was passed around the patio table, the eight of us were very pleasantly surprised. This vodka would be wonderful in a Bloody Mary. It had the very clean and fresh taste of cucumber. No taste of artificial ANYTHING. It was a good thing. One neighbor fixed a vodka tonic with it and passed it around the table. Very refreshing. The Master had to do a real, in the field taste test, so he took some home and would report back at a later date. As we thought, his report came back as a success. He made Bloody Marys, on two different occasions for friends, and they gave it the thumbs up. We were on!
It just got serious. The Master had to make gallons upon gallons of Bloody Marys. Four of us banded together for the challenge: to support our Bloody Mary Master, to offer up knife skills, to offer moral support, and more importantly, to offer our taste buds. That’s the kind of friends we are.
The Master made five gallons at a time. We helped him keep the spices and flavorings straight and taste tested each batch. (it’s called Quality Control)
How to mix five gallons of Bloody Marys
He mixed it in a five gallon water jug with the shiny, new, somewhat sterile paint mixing attachment on his cordless drill. Then, we refilled the empty mix bottles with the Bloody Marys using the spigot on the water jug. I’d say we were an inventive bunch.
Somehow, we had to kick it up a notch for the tournament. The Master was thinking of bacon as a garnish or a stirrer. I had cooked bacon wrapped around bread sticks before but that wouldn’t work, it would get soggy. Mr. Gravy suggested bacon wrapped on a skewer. I did a few in the oven and a few in the microwave. The microwave was the winner. Six minutes in the microwave and we had crispy, wrapped bacon ready to stir a Bloody Mary. It was a bacon miracle.
Bacon on a stick. The crowd roared with approval.
Our Bloody Mary Bar came complete with a Garni Bar to customize your Bloody Mary. The Master even had an assortment of hot sauces to add a little more heat to your drink if you wanted. I can say that the Ghost Pepper Sauce brought tears to the eyes of a few guys!
In case you would ever want to make five gallons of Bloody Marys, here is how The Master did it:
Mark’s Bloody Marys
15 liters of Bloody Mary mix
5 liters of vodka
1/3 of a bottle of onion powder
1/3 of a bottle of garlic powder
3/4 of a jar of horseradish
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1/2 a bottle of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of A-1 steak sauce
1/4 bottle of chili powder
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
Mix ingredients in a five gallon water jug, mix thoroughly using the paint mixing attachment on the end of a cordless drill.
Pour into the empty Bloody Mary Mix and vodka bottles using the spigot on the water jug. Refrigerate over night for the very best flavor.
Garnish with any of the following:
An assortment of hot sauces
Green olives stuffed with garlic, green olives stuffed with blue cheese, green olives stuffed with Habanero peppers
Sliced cucumbers, celery sticks, pearl onions, dill pickle spears
Bacon on a stick.
Obligatory Disclaimer: Pearl Vodka did indeed donate the vodka to our tournament. However, they did not give me any compensation to say yummy things about their Pearl Cucumber Vodka here at the Gravy Company. They do not know that I snorted when I laughed about their product before I even tasted it. I’m sure they will forgive me.