The Best Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary, to quote cocktail guru Dale DeGroff, is like "backyard barbeque: Everyone thinks his is the best." We might be able to settle that debate. At Holeman and Finch Public House in Atlanta, co-owners and bartenders Greg Best and Andrew Minchow serve the definitive artisanal Bloody Mary using surprise ingredients.
The Best Bloody Mary
The Best Bloody Mary

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    lbs plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 1

    large carrot, peeled, coarsely chopped

  • 1

    large golden beet, peeled, coarsely chopped

  • 1

    small fennel bulb, trimmed, coarsely chopped

  • 1

    large garlic clove, chopped

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 1

    Tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

  • 3

    Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2

    teaspoon celery seed

  • 6

    Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1

    Tablespoon hot pepper sauce

  • 1

    Tablespoon grated peeled fresh horseradish

  • 2

    teaspoons coarsely ground whole pepper

  • 1

    teaspoon hot chili sauce

  • 1/4

    cup Guinness

  • 3

    cups vodka

  • Ice cubes

  • Lime wedges

Directions

Place first 6 ingredients in large pot. Add enough water just to cover (about 6 cups). Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until vegetables are very soft, about 50 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Add 1 tablespoon of coarse salt and lemon juice; cool slightly. Working in batches, puree vegetable mixture in blender until smooth. Add enough water, if needed, to measure 8 cups. Cover and chill. Grind celery seeds with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt in mortar and pestle or in spice grinder. Add celery seed salt , Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, horseradish, black pepper, hot chili sauce, and Guinness, if desired, to vegetable puree. Cover and chill Bloody Mary mix overnight. Stir Bloody Mary mix and vodka in large pitcher. Fill tall glasses with ice. Divide Bloody Mary among glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.

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