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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Mix Tabasco, vodka for a classic cocktail

 •  Juiced tomato

Advertiser Staff

The Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani includes Bloody Marys, traditionally garnished with celery stalks, among its offerings.

DEBORAH BOOKER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Here's master mixologist Dale DeGroff's recipe and technique for a classic Bloody Mary. Note that you'll need a Boston shaker or two tall glasses for "rolling" the drink pouring the drink back and forth to aerate it without causing it to froth up. You'll also need a bar strainer (one of those round, perforated metal strainers with the spiral spring around the edge) to strain the drink into the serving glass. For garnish, lemon or lime and a celery stalk stirrer are traditional, but if you like olives or something else, go for it.


  • Pinch of black pepper

  • Salt to taste (7-10 shakes)

  • 2 shakes worcestershire sauce (about a tablespoon)

  • 4 drops Tabasco sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 5-7 ounces tomato juice, chilled

  • For garnish: Lemon or lime, trimmed celery stalk

    Cover the bottom of a standard mixing glass with pepper and salt. Pour in worcestershire sauce. Add Tabasco or other hot sauce. Squeeze lemon into glass. Add vodka and finish with 5-7 ounces chilled tomato juice. Quickly pour the drink back and forth between two mixing glasses about 4-5 times.

    Have ready a glass filled with ice cubes. Pour drink over ice. Garnish and serve. Makes one.


    When making these variations, suit the garnish to the ingredients.

    Virgin Mary: Skip the vodka.

    Bloody Caesar: Substitute Clamato juice for plain tomato, or half fresh clam juice and half tomato juice, and grate in a hint of horseradish at the end. Garnish with a cooked shrimp.

    Bull Shot: Use cold bouillon or beef broth instead of tomato juice.

    Bloody Maria: Make the drink with tequila instead of vodka. Garnish with pickled jalapeno.

    Bloody Bull: Make the drink with half bouillon, half tomato juice and orange juice instead of lemon. Garnish with twist of orange rind.

    Danish Mary: Use aquavit instead of vodka.

    Red Snapper: Use gin instead of vodka.

    Macho gazpacho: Use gazpacho in place of tomato juice.

    Bloody sangrita: Orange juice, pureed tomato, salt, pepper, jalapeno.