I searched the Internet for a recipe and pretty much just picked one from a site that I thought was respectable. I wanted to try one at least one so that I could relate to the drink when spoken of.
It was beyond horrible. I don't waste liquor but I had to pour this one in the sink. If I had forced that down the chute the evening would have been ruined.
Yet, since there are as many recipes for a Bloody Mary as there are search hits on the name on Google I figured that it must have been a bad recipe and that there is no way that a well made Bloody Mary was supposed to taste like that so I searched for another recipe and gave it a second chance.
This time it was much better than the first time. Also I skipped the celery, I just don't understand home someone would want to chew on one of those. It was pretty much drinkable but half way down the glass the taste became really objectionable so 1/2 went into the sink.
I still don't think that a good Bloody Mary is supposed to be like that. Also just like a simple Screwdriver the success lies in what orange juice you are using. The orange juice makes the Screwdriver, ranging anywhere from excellent to absolutely horrible. Bad/inappropriate tomato juice must make an equally bad Bloody Mary.
I would still like to have one at a bar, made by someone who knows how to make the perfect Bloody Mary and have perfected his own recipe throughout the years.
At the same the following scares me...
treetop wrote:i worked as a bartender for years and have made many bloody's to much acclaim. i've never had one myself though. i've never had beer and clamato either.
Of course, you can follow recipes blindly as long as you have the right brands of ingredients and still get it right on behalf of someone else's experience.
With that said, if anyone has a good recipe to share, please do.