Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Bloody Bitch on the Bay

This week, we were fortunate enough to try The Bay Vodka from our favorite local distillery, Philadelphia Distilling. Now, we already know how amazing Bluecoat Gin is, and we've talked at length about how wonderful Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin is, but a bay seasoning vodka? Now, I've fallen victim to the allure of flavored vodkas before. They promise seemingly delicious flavors like bubblegum, cherry, s'mores, and even Swedish Fish! Come on, who doesn't like Swedish Fish, right? Sadly, these well-meaning flavored vodkas always seem to taste like death in the form of overly sugary cheap ass vodka, and they barely even resemble their delicious namesakes.

So, needless to say, I was fucking skeptical.

I fist tried it neat, sipping it from a shot glass. Initially, I was hit with a great pure sea salt flavor, which was quite nice. After a few sips, the bay seasoning flavor really started to come through. What I like the most about this vodka is that Philadelphia Distilling brought a lot of balance to the table. The flavors are definitely there without having to be overly gratuitous about it.

So, after getting a nice little buzz, I decided to make a spin on "The Bloody Bay" cocktail, which is reminiscent of the classic Bloody Mary. Now, we all know that the Bloody Mary is a very personal cocktail. And I, like so many other 'Mary enthusiasts, don't like to fuck with my recipe. But, in the spirit of trying new things, I decided to throw caution to the wind and make a recipe that I feel is more tailored to this particular flavor profile. I borrowed some of my favorite elements of the Bloody Bitch, and have concocted The Bloody Bitch on the Bay.

I wanted to really showcase the Bay flavors, so I cut down on the horseradish and omitted hot sauce and mustard completely. I know that Bay seasoning already has celery seed, but I added more because I just love that shit. You can absolutely use homemade tomato juice, but I like V-8 because it has a little more complexity and frankly, it's just always in my fucking fridge. Enjoy!

The Bloody Bitch on the Bay

2oz. of The Bay Vodka
1/2 tsp horseradish
2 shakes Worchestershire sauce
1/8 tsp celery salt
A squeeze of lemon juice
1 cup of your favorite tomato or vegetable juice (I like to use V-8)
Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Garnishes (optional)
1 slice of pickled green tomato
1 slice of sweet horseradish pickle
1 lemon wheel

Start with a glass filled 3/4 of the way with ice. Pour the vodka over it. Add the horseradish, Worchestershire, celery salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. Fill the rest of the way with your tomato or vegetable juice of choice. Pour into a tall glass and pour back into your original glass. This is not a drink that needs to be vigorously shaken; just that quick toss will incorporate your ingredients without melting the ice too much. I also had some really delicious spicy pickled green tomatoes and sweet horseradish pickles on hand, so I thought they would be the perfect accompaniment, but you can really use whatever the hell you want.

And voila! You've made The Bloody Bitch on the Bay! It is very much like the Bloody Mary you already know and love, but somehow a bit more summery. Bloody Marys are traditionally a brunch drink, but I'd be more inclined to enjoy this at dusk, sitting on the deck at the shore after a long day of crabbing.

Stay drunk, bitches!

Disclosure: While this bottle of The Bay Vodka was furnished to us for free. all testimonials are solely the true opinions of This Drunk Bitch. Also, no crabs were harmed in the making of this article.

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