Y’all I am using this here space, my little corner of the web, to take FULL and I mean FULL ownership of my newest concoction. And, I promise you… you will NEVER drink Bloody Mary’s the same way again.
It began after a weekend of fun, laughter and plenty of food and brews among friends. Honestly, our daughter may not know what to do when the work week begins and routine returns. As the only child within the group, she was surrounded by adults vying for her attention. She soaked that up. One friend even joked, “Hey, Ashli, you should write a Blog about what it is like to have friends who won’t leave.” 🙂
Once Sunday came around and we realized just how pathetic we all looked as we embraced the words “lazy Sunday.” We laughed over the previous night’s shenanigans and how as we age another year, we become lamer and lamer at late night partying (Saturday night’s events were commenced by 9 pm).
It took four little words, “Let’s Make Bloody Mary’s!” and our inner younger souls leaped out of our dragging tired “we are old” selves. Victory was restored. Pep was returned to our steps.
As we sipped on our cool, spicy beverages it hit me and I announced, “If I owned a bar, I would serve Bloody Mary’s with a Grilled Cheese garnish.” Light bulb off. MIND BLOWN. I made us all another round, complete with Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
BLOODY MARY WITH GRILLED CHEESE GARNISH:
Bloody Mary Mixture
- Tomato Juice
- Clamato Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Old Bay
Please note: I purposely did not include ingredient measurements as we make individual Bloody Mary’s in our home and it all comes down to taste. Add ice to 3/4 of glass. Add 1 or 2 shots of vodka. Fill glass 3/4 the way with tomato juice and then remaining 1/4 of cup with clamato juice. Add one large spoonful of prepared horseradish, 4 drops of lemon juice, 2 to 3 drops of Worcestershire sauce and old bay. Shake. Garnish the glass by wetting rim with water or vodka and dipping glass into plate of old bay. Pour Bloody Mary into glass.
Grilled Cheese Garnish
- Italian Bread
- Cheeses: Muenster and Pepper Jack
Butter one side of bread and place buttered side of bread on a heated skillet which has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the muenster cheese and then shredded pepper jack cheese. Add second piece of buttered bread to top of cheese with buttered side facing up. Cook on medium heat, flipping so each side is golden brown. Cut diagonally across and in half so that you have four triangle pieces. Using toothpicks or a garnish pick, place grilled cheese across the rim, just dipping the grilled cheese into the Bloody Mary mixture.
Seriously, you will never want to drink Bloody Mary’s the same way every again. You are welcome! Oh, and happy Sunday.