I have a difficult time trusting people who don't like Bloody Mary's. It's quite possibly the most balanced way to start (or end) your day: antioxidants from tomato juice, hearty sustenance from a nearly endless array of garnishes, the even more endless possibilities an ounce of vodka inspires. I also have a hard time trusting people who like the Red Sox, let alone someone who is one. As a native New Yorker, it just ain't in my blood. So you can imagine the internal conflict that resulted when David Ortiz reached out proclaiming that he, too, was on the lycopene-spiked brunch mascot's home team.
“Bloody Mary’s are an off-season favorite of mine. I love that I can add as much spice as I need to kick it up," he said. A man after my own olive-studded heart. So even though I'll never applaud his power swing, a man who can make a boozy power punch — now that's something I can get behind. Who said Yankees and Red Sox can't get along?
Papi’s Big Bloody Mary
(Serves 6; makes 1 pitcher)
- 4 cups low-sodium tomato or tomato/vegetable juice
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup of vodka (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon of Sriracha
- ¼ tsp celery seed
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 strip of Chef’s Cut Real Jerky: Chipotle Cracked Pepper (or beef jerky of choice)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lime wedge, olives and celery to garnish to taste
Mix the tomato juice, lime juice, lemon juice, vodka, celery seed, Sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce in a pitcher. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with celery stick, a strip of jerky, and a lime wedge.