Kane's Peppery Bloody Mary

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen

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.

Yield: Makes 2 servings
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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Absolut Peppar Vodka and Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce.
  4. Kane's Bloody Mary: Substitute regular vodka for pepper vodka. Proceed with recipe as directed.
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