1 whole lemon
zested and juiced, be sure to exclude the seeds
3 stalks celery
including leaves
1 tbsp onion
yellow or white, chopped
4 whole fresh tomatoes
could also use 36 ounces of Sacramento brand tomato juice
3 tbsp clam juice
old bay seasoning
a dash or three
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
12 dashes hot sauce
preferably Tabasco
2 tsp horseradish
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 part ghost of mary mix
1 part vodka
sherry vinegar
This cocktail is inspired by the Ghost of Mary at NYC's Prune and by the Summer Mary served at SF's Skool. You will simply feel the essence of a bloody mary with each sip.
For the ghost of mary mix
Combine everything but the vodka - all the veggies, spices, and seasoning - in a blender. Blend to puree.
Strain the mix for a few hours in the fridge. We find that a mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter or paper towel (without any printed designs on it) works best.
To prepare the cocktail
Add the ghost of mary mix with the vodka in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake to chill and combine.
Check for taste and season with additional sherry vinegar only if needed. Serve and enjoy immediately.