Last week I stumbled across this blog post. When it comes to Bloody Marys, the garnish can be the most fun part of the drink. One of the guys I used to work with at Relish Bar & Grill has a lot of creative flair when it comes to good garnishes, so I sent the link his way and jokingly asked if he could come up with something better.
A few comments later, he and Nathen had agreed to create a vegetarian themed and meat themed Bloody Mary. We arranged a time, and I went in with camera and taste buds at the ready. They really pulled out all the stops.
I mean, really pulled out all the stops.
Nathen told me the idea behind each Bloody Mary was a mid-session ‘pick me up’, a drink to replenish what the body needs and give you a boost.
Ingredients and the health benefits for the veggie garnish were:
Broccoli – potassium, vitamin A (essential for proper heart function, body growth and cell reproduction)
Cabbage – potassium, vitamin C (high antioxidants and antiviral properties)
Cucumber – phosphorus and vitamin B5 (aids digestive system)
Mushroom – Magnesium and vitamin D (relaxes muscles and nerves, promotes absorption of calcium)
Goats cheese – protein and riboflavin (supplies energy and repairs blood cells)
Courgette – calcium and vitamin B (regulates passage of nutrients through cell walls and aids conversion of carbohydrates into energy)
Martmite rim – folic acid (helps repair & synthesise DNA)
Garlic – high levels of iodine and vitamin C (strengthens immune systems, regulates blood sugar and reduces cholesterol)
And for the meat garnish:
Rare steak – iron, selenium and protein (aids supply of energy and production of white blood cells)
Soft boiled egg – protein, zinc, iron and vitamin D (good source of energy, helps to metabolise carbohydrates)
Olives – hydroxytyrosol, copper and fibre (aids prevention of cancerous cells, blocks histamine receptors and is anti-inflammatory)
Cabbage – as before
Pepperoni – high in fat and sodium (boosts mineral intake and repairs cell damage)
Chilli pepper – high in capsaicin (anti-bacterial properties and reduces cholesterol)
Tom (above) did the meat garnish and Nathen (below) the vegetarian garnish. On a side note, both these lads make Youtube videos from time to time and they’re pretty good. Tom’s channel can be found here and Nathen’s here.
|Martmite lined rim for the Veggie Mary|
I’m now going to hand over to Nathen, who very kindly wrote up a short piece for me about the Bloody Marys he and Tom created.
The inspiration behind our Bloody Marys was not just as a hangover cure, but as a mid session pick me up. A sort of pit stop to replenish the energy and vitamins required to ensure prolonged stamina. Either garnish here is guaranteed to keep you going at an all-day event.
We garnished one with delicious meat, but also felt it necessary to construct a vegetarian option. This caters for a wider audience and also gave us an opportunity to come up with a different garnish model.
The body of each drink was very similar in this case, with the exception of using Lea & Perrins in the meaty one, and Henderson’s Relish in the veggie one.
25ml Chilli Stoli vodka
25ml Finlandia vodka
150ml Britvic tomato juice
20ml fresh lemon juice
3-4 dashes tobasco sauce
3 dashes Henderson’s Relish/Lea & Perrins
Cracked black pepper
Ugh, I don’t about you but I feel like a cocktail now!