The classic Bloody Mary - my favourite pre-flight, in-flight beverage! I don't know what it is that associates this drink with flying - maybe it's that you are heading away on holiday or perhaps it's that you can be slurping on one at 6am in an airline lounge while sitting next your one of your bosses who thinks you are just having a breakfast tomato juice!
I was introduced to the Caesar by my Canadian wife a few years ago and I took an instant liking to it. The Caesar substitutes Clamato juice for the tomato juice. What is Clamato I hear you ask? - a combination of clam broth and tomato juice! The Caesar was invented in Calgary in 1969 and has become widespread across Canada as the tomato based cocktail of choice but little known elsewhere in the world.
Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Dave's Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix lists clam juice as key ingredient as well as all the spices need to make a delicious Bloody Mary / Caesar instantly. As with all Dave's Gourmet products the mix is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way!
120ml Dave's Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix
30ml fresh lemon juice
10 ice cubes
slice of lemon and a celery stick to garnish
Place ice cube in a 10oz/300ml glass
Add vodka and Bloody Mary mix and lemon juice
Stir well to combine
Decorate with lemon and celery
The Bloody Mary is also famous for it "morning after" qualities. I am not sure of the science behind this but many hangovers have claimed to be cured by finding someone well enough to mix one up!
To take the hangover cure one step further why not knock up a tray of Oyster Shots for the boys who have crashed over at your place after a big night. Just mix up a Bloody Mary and pour over a fresh oyster in a shot glass. Add a wee wedge of lemon and a twig of celery to cover off all the major food groups and there you have it - breakfast!