It's hard to beat the spicy bite of a good bloody mary on warm summer mornings. Seasoned with fresh basil, cilantro, and chives, this drink received the highest rating from Southern Living's test kitchen.
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1 1/3 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup pepper vodka
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 to 3 tsp. green hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Large pinch of celery salt
Pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Garnishes: pickled okra, lemon wedges
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Press leaves against bottom of cup using a muddler or wooden spoon to release flavors; stir in tomato juice and next 7 ingredients. Transfer half of mixture to a 2-cup glass measuring cup.
Place ice in cocktail shaker, filling halfway full. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a glass over ice. Repeat procedure with remaining tomato mixture. Garnish, if desired.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Absolut Peppar Vodka and Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce.
Kane's Bloody Mary: Substitute regular vodka for pepper vodka. Proceed with recipe as directed.