There's no denying I'm a huge Bloody Mary fan! So when I went to Montreal over Easter weekend, I was (most) excited about trying as many "Caesars" as I could get my paws on. A Caesar is Canada's version of the Bloody Mary, using Clamato juice as a base instead of regular tomato juice. Although I love clams, I was originally skeeved out about trying bottled tomato juice mixed with some sort of clam juice. It was actually delicious and think I'm subbing Clamato for regular tomato juice when I make my next Bloody. Joe Beef won for the best Caesar. It was spicy and rich and had an oyster, shrimp and cornichon as a garnish – yum!
Here's the recipe! Cheers!
What You'll Need:
Tabasco to taste – 5 to 7 dashes (I use 30)
Worcestershire Sauce – 5 dashes
2 Shots of Vodka
Mott's Clamato Juice
1 tbl spoon of horseradish
What To Do:
1) Rub the lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and dip the glass in Old Bay
2) Add the Tabasco, squeeze of lime, pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, and horseradish to a high ball glass with a little ice. You don't want it to get too watery.
3) Add the vodka
4) Top off with Clamato
5) Garnishes: Cornichons + lime (bonus: lobster claw, shucked oyster and/or shrimp!)
After long last, spring is finally here and Easter is just around the corner. Consider making a Greyhound or Salty Dog for your Easter brunch this Sunday. It's super easy and refreshing, plus grapefruits are good for you and loaded with vitamins. In addition, this drink is super versatile – you can substitute tequila, mezcal or gin.
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What holiday is more bacchanalian than Mardi Gras? Hands down New Orleans corners the market when it comes to Fat Tuesday festivities. But it doesn’t have to be all about booze, beads and boobs. The name of the day comes from using up all your fancy food to make way for a time of fasting. No one is saying you need to do the fasting bit, but I know I never pass up a chance to chow down on some festive fare. And if I can’t make it to the best carnival celebrations in the world, you can be sure that I will be enjoying myself locally.
There are many traditional foods when it comes to Mardi Gras. Fastnachts, king cakes, and pancakes top the list but if you want to feel truly naughty you need something with a healthy amount of HEAT. At LJP, Miriam is her Highness of Hotness when it comes to spice. Just sample a few of her famous bloodies and you may need to call the fire department. I should probably buy stock in Tabasco. This spicy jambalaya incorporates my favorite decadent ingredients with enough heat to make the ladies want to tear off their tops and earn some of those beads. Pair with your favorite Abita beer straight from the Big Easy itself. Bon appétit!
1 ¼ tsp paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp dry oregano
½ tsp dry thyme
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cups chicken broth
3 links andouille sausage, sliced (not a smoked variety) must be raw
1 sweet onion, diced
1 cup sweet pepper, diced (I used Yummy Orange but use whatever you have on hand)
3 stalks of celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
14 oz canned diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
1 cup medium grain white rice
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste
Optional: Growing up in MD I like a little Old Bay on my shrimp. Feel free to use this to season the shrimp instead of the spice mix in the second to last step.
It's still freezing back east with no sign of spring ahead. That means one thing: all of us gathering at our favorite watering hall at happy hour and/or on the weekends to stay warm with our favorite beverage. My drink of choice is tequila. It hasn't mistreated me the same way vodka, gin (barf) or even the brown stuff has.
I can't help but take notice of the influx of recent articles documenting the health benefits of tequila. That's great news! Not only are experts hailing it as the "healthiest" liquor, but it aids in digestion, lowers bad cholesterol, helps with depression, lowers blood glucose levels, and since the agavins don't enter the blood stream, it can help you feel full longer. And as an added bonus, if you eat the worm at the bottom of the mezcal bottle, you've just added protein!
Buzzfeed recently came out with a list of 24 "glorious" ways to drink tequila. I want to try EVERY recipe in this article, from the sparkling champagne margarita, tequila mojitos, to the spicy tequila cocktails there is something in this article for everyone, even the beer drinker!
Here's the link to the recipes.