I’m giving the Bloody Mary a bit of a makeover. A delicious, Italian makeover.
A classic Bloody Mary is made with vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon, salt and pepper, but today, I’m switching things up. To start, Roasted Garlic Infused Vodka takes the place of regular vodka. Garlic and tomato are a perfect pairing. Roasting the garlic tames its biting heat while adding a deep savory note. Next, pepperoncini pickling liquid is added with lemon juice to brighten flavors. Using two types of acid kicks up the intrigue factor. Finally, the ever-important garnishes get a major overhaul. Typically, one would garnish a Bloody Mary with a celery stalk, salted rim and lemon wedge. Here, I’ve adorned this savory cocktail with a pepperoncino, bocconcino (mozzarella ball) and cherry tomato skewered with a bamboo toothpick. A sprig of fresh rosemary is added for drama and fragrance. With each sip, you’ll take in the wonderful woodsy aroma that works so well with tomato and garlic. Next time you’re in need of a bold brunch cocktail, give this Roasted Garlic Bloody Mary a try. Continue reading for the recipe.