We Put Grilled Cheese in a Cocktail: Making the Ultimate Bloody Mary415
with Joseph Garcia
Savory Spice Team
Tomato juice and vodka. The two fundamental staples of the delicious Bloody Mary cocktail. Of course, most drinkers don’t stop there—they include seasonings and garnishes like salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, a few olives, and a big ol’ stalk of celery. At minimum. This highly-customizable drink has always been a little bit “extra”.
But what if… we took “extra” another mile? What if we ventured into uncharted Bloody waters? We had the technology (half a bottle of vodka and some leftover cheese). All we needed was someone with the will to do so. That’s where I stepped in, with the help of our Test Kitchen Chef Michael (the genius behind Extreme Nachos), to create the Ultimate Bloody Mary. Now let’s get crazy.
How to make the Ultimate Bloody Mary Mix
In crafting this ultimate cocktail, I knew that the most important part was nailing the Bloody Mary mix itself. But that was also the easy part. Savory Spice had nearly all the resources I could want for a very special 1-gallon mix:
- 3 quarts water
- 2 cups Tomato Powder
- 2 Tbsp Celery Salt
- 2 Tbsp Fine Black Malabar Pepper
- 4 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Cajun Cayenne Hot Sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp Horseradish Powder
- 1/2 Tbsp Fine Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Tbsp Granulated Onion Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 10 drops aromatic bitters
- Vodka or gin, to taste (optional)
The actual hard part was figuring out which accoutrements to garnish with. In the end I didn’t have to choose, I just said YES to everything. If I could have fit a kitchen sink in a glass, I would have. For those following along at home, this is everything you’ll need for the Ultimate Bloody Mary (quantities may vary):
Vegetable-wise, start with celery and brie-stuffed green olives. Skewer some cherry tomatoes and baby corn. Add pickle spears. Heck, throw in ALL THE PICKLED THINGS: okra, pepperoncini, asparagus, carrots, green beans, and jalapeños.
At this point you may have to upgrade to a larger bowl to hold everything, because we’re just getting started. Don't forget to salt the rim. The Real Dill Bloody Mary Rimming Spice is just the ticket.
Bacon is pretty standard when it comes to any Bloody Mary worth your time. This is a brunch beverage, after all. So include Andouille sausages and tater tots. Then ask yourself, if I have these breakfast favorites, why not a waffle? Then stop asking questions and add one. Slice some cheddar and pepperjack cheese into cubes—wait, hold on. I feel a moment of inspiration coming…. Ok yeah, heat up some grilled cheese sandwiches, slice off the crusts, cut into small triangles and skewer.
It’s almost perfect, but we’re not quite there. Something’s missing... *Snaps fingers*. Got it! Shrimp. Shrimp makes everything better. Let’s add that. Ok, it’s perfect.
Now add a pizza.
You may be asking: Why did I just stick pizza and a waffle in my Bloody Mary? To that I say, ours is not to reason why. Ours is but to do and drink. We didn’t start this adventure to create any typical Bloody Mary. We came to create the Ultimate Bloody Mary that will be remembered for generations.