It’s about this time of year, between all the holiday parties and New Years festivities, that the phrase Hair of the Dog never rings more true (well, unless you happen to be in New Orleans in July when a bunch of other bartenders are in town – but that’s a whole different beast!).
The Bloody Mary cocktail has certainly cemented its place at the top of the list of Hair of the Dog libations. But what makes for the best version of this tipple with so many variants and taste preferences?
ABSOLUT VODKA and Thrillist.com recently culminated this search through the National Online ABSOLUT Best Bloody in America Recipe Contest. At the program’s inception, 50 bartenders from 50 states were narrowed to a round of finalists where, in a November live finale, Luis Martinez of The Patio in McAllen, TX earned the crown for the ABSOLUT Best Bloody in America.
Want to give Martinez’s recipe, ABSOLUT Akita Maria, a try? Below is the recipe. Just make sure to have the ingredients on hand before deciding you want to make this drink at home! 😉
- 2 parts ABSOLUT VODKA
- 4 parts tomato juice
- ½ part lime juice
- 1 part fresh orange juice
- 1 small minced basil leaf
- 1 pinch onion powder
- 1 pinch garlic powder
- 1 pinch black pepper
- ½ part teriyaki sauce
- ½ part soy sauce
- Fingertip-size wasabi paste patty
- 1 dash sriracha spicy red chili sauce
- 3 pinches shaved ginger root