Mare’s Kill Devil Hills Bloody Mary

You know that show The Best Thing I Ever Ate on Food Network?  Well, this is the best thing I ever drank. Or close enough to it, from what I remember.

Every year, or almost every year, we rent a huge beach house with about 25 family members and just relax on the beach, eat, drink and have fun.

One year, we stayed in Kill Devil Hills.  Some of the gals and I went to do some shopping and on the way home we stopped at this crab joint for something to drink. The bartender made us the best damn Bloody Mary we’ve ever had.  I remember watching her assemble it and the one thing that stuck out was her use of Old Bay in the drink and on the rim.

So, I messed around, gathered up some recipes from here and there and came up with my version.

Now most of these ingredients are to taste, so you can omit any if you don’t like them or play around until you get the right taste for you.  We’re all different.

  • 2 shots of good-quality vodka
  • 2-3 dashes of Tabasco
  • 4 – 6 dashes of Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of sea salt
  • slice of lemon or lime
  • small can of tomato or V-8 Juice
  • sea salt mixed with Old Bay for rimming

Get a tall glass and fill it up with lots of ice. The colder, the better, for a Bloody Mary.

Add vodka, Tabasco, Worcestershire, Old Bay, pepper and salt.  Fill remainder of glass with tomato juice.

Pour entire contents into a shaker and shake vigorously. Rinse out your glass then rub the rim of glass with lime or lemon and dip into the sea salt that you spiked with a little Old Bay for an extra kick and a pretty presentation.

Pour entire contents of shaker back into the glass.  Add a stalk of celery or olives or jalapeno peppers. Whatever you want.  Or nothing at all.

Enjoy.

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