As Jenn gets ready to head down to the Newport Folk Festival this weekend, we are going to help her pack the cooler! Today in the kitchen we will use a flat of heirloom tomatoes from Six River Farm to make our house Bloody Mary mix. We are sharing our (no longer) top secret recipe below. Jenn will pack some shades and a swimsuit, a pitcher of Bloody Mix, a bottle of handcrafted Maine potato vodka from Cold River, & a few jars of TRF Pickled Radish Pods, and she'll be on her way. If you are looking for a summer festival cocktail, look no further. Our Bloody Mary is filled with vitamins and an interesting heirloom history.
Radish Pods, while not being a well known vegetable in the 21st century, used to be popularly grown across the world. The plant originated in Indonesia, on the Island of Java, and first appeared in England in the late 1800s. It has been rumored that radish pods were enjoyed on many a royal table! We love the tradition and variety that growing heirloom plants allows, and we are growing a few rows of Rat's Tail Radish Pods right outside the kitchen door. You can enjoy them raw, or pickle them for an amazing garnish. Look for our pickled products on the shelves soon. Cheers!
Bloody Mary Mix
-makes about 6 cocktails-
For the Tomato Juice:
3 # heirloom tomatoes
1 1/4 c celery, chopped
1/3 c onion, chopped
1/3 c beet juice
1 T honey
1 t Maine sea salt
1/4 c Worcheshire sauce
1/4 c lemon juice
2 T olive brine
2 T horseradish
2 t celery seeds
1 t black pepper, ground
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down and simmer for about 25 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the "spice ingredients".
- If you can, let this mix sit in refrigerator for 1 day, to allow flavors to meld.
- Will keep in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
To Craft your Cocktail:
- Combine 5 ounces of juice with a 1 ounce shot of vodka.
- We are happy to have many different artisanal distillers to choose from here in Maine! A few to check out are Cold River, Maine Craft Distilling, & Infiniti.
- Garnishing "Bloodies" is an art. We suggest including TRF Pickled Radishes! The key is to have fun and get creative. Try a traditional celery stalk, a deep fried dill pickle, or even an oyster on the half shell! Click here for fun creative takes on the Bloody Mary from Saveur.