What’s your favourite brunch drink? Mine used to be a nice mimosa, not that I’m always brunching it up mind. We tend to keep our brunches for celebrations, mostly for birthdays, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. With Father’s day this weekend I wanted to share something different to the usual recipe here on TLFB. And as luck would have it I was invited to a Bloody Mary Masterclass last week by the team at The Station Tavern in Cambridge and I jumped at the chance of shaking up my cocktail making skills. So today I sharing my new found skills with you with this Spicy Bloody Mary.
So I went along to The Station Tavern in Cambridge to learn how to make a decent Bloody Mary and to celebrate their new Sunday Lunch offering. The Station Tavern now overs diners bottomless Bloody Marys AND bottomless Yorkshire puddings when you upgrade your Sunday lunch. So, that’s as many Bloody Marys and Yorkshire puddings as you can muster in an hour and a half. They have a d.i.y Bloody Mary station fully stocked with everything you need you to make the perfect Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary in hand then enjoy a lovely Sunday lunch, and as a mum of a Yorkshire pudding connoisseur I can tell you those Yorkshire puddings are very good indeed and they are huge. They went down extremely well, my girl having three and wishing she could have had more. In fact the kid’s meal at The Station Tavern was one of the best we have had in a long time. Of course our food was great too, but it’s nice to have my foodie child’s needs met too, that doesn’t happen very often I can tell you.
Now, I don’t have a huge cocktail repertoire, I can make a nice mimosa and I make a lethal margarita so I was pleased to learn a new one. Making Bloody Marys is actually quite fun, you can really play around with the flavours and the garnishes are fun too. I have made quite a few this week, for testing purposes obviously, and this one is my favourite. It’s spicy, in fact it packs quite the punch! It’s the perfect cocktail for a Father’s day brunch or any brunch I think. With that in mind, Happy Father’s day to all the dad’s out there but especially to my husband who is the best dad a girl could wish for x
Spicy Bloody Mary
- 125 ml spicy tomato juice
- 1 shot of vodka
- The juice of half a lemon
- 4 drops of tabasco sauce
- 4 drops of Worcestershire sauce
- A pinch of smoked paprika
- A tiny pinch of red chilli flakes
- 1/4 tsp celery salt
- A pinch of cracked black pepper
- FOR THE SPICY SALT RIM
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- A pinch of red chilli flakes
- A pinch of celery salt
- A stick of celery
- 1 small cherry tomato
- 1 cornichon
- 1 green olive
- 1 slice of streaky bacon , see instructions on how to cook the bacon
- 1 caper berry
- 1 sweet red chilli pepper (optional)
- Lemon slice and lime wedge
Add the all the ingredients to a high ball glass and mix well. Add the ice at the end.
Top with the garnishes and serve immediately.
To make crispy bacon garnish, heat the oven to 300 degrees C, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place the bacon on the paper and place the tray on the middle shelf. Bake for 10 minutes then turn the bacon and bake for another 5 minutes. The bacon is done when it's crispy. Remove bacon from tray then place on kitchen paper to drain off any fat, leave to cool.
*I was a guest of The Station Tavern, Cambridge, my views are as always my own. Many thanks to the management and staff of The Station Tavern for a lovely Sunday afternoon, and to Charlie at Roche Communications for the lovely invite.