The Breakfast Cocktail


It is Saturday morning and you are enjoying your breakfast. Perhaps eggs benedict or some scrambled eggs and bacon. Whatever your choice of weekend breakfast there is only really one choice for cocktail to accompany it. Cocktail? For breakfast? Well, I’m not suggesting that you knock back a Singapore Sling or a Margarita to start the day (even I have my limits), but there is a cocktail that is appropriate for the morning and that is the Bloody Mary.

The Bloody Mary is an excellent way to start to a lazy day and an even better way to shake off the haze of the night before if you overdid it and feel a little blurry. The tomato juice rehydrates lost water, provides energy with it’s fructose content and gives a vitamin C boost, all are known to help a hangover. The spicy kick is sure to awaken you and will instantly make you feel more alive whilst the vodka provides the essential “hair of he dog”. What more could you want? (well maybe a brace of Aspirin if it is a bad one).

There are dozens, in fact probably hundreds, of different recipes for the Bloody Mary but I believe that many of them just try to force unnecessary ingredients in to the cocktail in an attempt to be clever. The results can be a little confused. Some have lemon or lime juice, some clam juice or the liquid from a gherkin jar. Often I hear of the addition of sherry to slightly sweeten the Bloody Mary. I don’t believe these additions add anything to the cocktail.

The majority of the time I make mine with just Worcestershire sauce, a dash of Tabasco and season it with freshly cracked black pepper and celery salt and leave it at that. But occasionally I will make the addition of either a little horseradish sauce which adds a bit more fire or sometimes , if I want a hint of smoke I will add a dash of Tabasco chipotle pepper sauce in addition to the regular Tabasco.

I don’t like ice in my Bloody Mary as I don’t like it being diluted, so I opt to shake over ice in a cocktail shaker and strain the ice out.

Here is how to make a Bloody Mary the way of the Learned Gentleman…

Gather your tools and ingredients:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • plenty of ice
  • 150ml Tomato Juice
  • 50ml Vodka                               I like to use Grey Goose
  • dash Worcestershire Sauce         Lea & Perrins is the only way
  • dash Tabasco Pepper Sauce       An absolute Bloody Mary essential
  • twist or two Black pepper
  • pinch Celery Salt
  • 1/2 stick Celery

Optional (one or the other, but not both):

  • 1/4 tsp horseradish Sauce
  • Dash Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce

1. First prepare the celery stick by cutting to length (half a stick is ample) and using a speed peeler to remove the tops of the ridges on the convex side of the stick. This removes the long stringy fibers and make eating the celery more graceful.

2. Fill your cocktail shaker with the ice

3. Add all the ingredients and shake well to mix all the ingredients

4. Strain into a glass

5. Add the celery stick and enjoy