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3 RECIPES TO CELEBRATE BLOODY MARY DAY

“Bloody Mary is the girl I love!”

Rodgers and Hammerstein had it right in the musical “South Pacific,” but in my version we aren’t talking about a fictional character. Not that we need a reason to celebrate the drink, but Jan. 1 is Bloody Mary Day. Cheers!

This is an excellent day to celebrate the drink: A Bloody Mary may help you get over that New Year’s Eve hangover. It’s not officially a cure, but the vodka gives you an early morning buzz that may relieve a headache, and if you use salt, you’ll retain water, which may help a little with dehydration.

Here are some yummy recipes from around the Web to help you get started with the new year!

THE PERFECT BLOODY MARY

Recipe from Thebar.com

What you’ll need:
1.5 ounces of vodka
3 ounces of tomato juice
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper
.5 teaspoons of horseradish
.25 ounces of fresh lemon juice

How to make it:
Combine all ingredients in a drink shaker with ice and pour over a tall glass. Makes 1 serving.

MIAMI MARY

Recipe from Bloodmarysociety.com

What you’ll need:
¼ cup sweetened, toasted coconut flakes
1 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of salt and a pinch of celery salt
Juice of one lime wedge
12 ounces spicy hot tomato juice
4 ounces orange flavored vodka
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup coconut water
½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

How to make it:
Put the coconut water, regular salt and chili powder in a blender and mix well. Pour onto a plate. Dip the rim of a tall glass in the mixture. Fill the glass with ice. Combine all other ingredients in a drink shaker with ice and pour into the glasses. Makes 2 servings.

THE CAPITAL MARY

Recipe from Rachaelraymag.com

What you’ll need:
6 ounces gin
6 tablespoons clam juice
¼ cup horseradish
¾ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
46 ounces of spicy tomato juice
6 ounces vodka
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of black pepper and pinch of celery salt
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
5 dashes of hot sauce

How to make it:
In a large pitcher combine all of the ingredients over ice and serve. Makes 6 servings.

“Legend has it that if you drink a bacon-garnished Bloody Mary, you’ll order another bacon-garnished Bloody Mary.” – Unknown

LAST SPECIAL TOUCH – THE GARNISH

The possibilities for garnishes are too many to name but here are a few of the favorites: Celery stalk, crisp bacon, tooth pick with olives and pickles, lemon and lime wedges, anything pickled, onion slice, pepperoncinis, tomatoes and even carrot sticks. But if you really want to impress the person for whom you are making these delicious drinks, or if you want to have your lunch and drink it too, then why not go all out and top it with a mini cheeseburger, fully garnished itself?

Happy new year!

This article was compiled by Katie Simpson, contributor for The Daily Clutch.