Sure, perhaps the Bloody Mary is a sigh-inducingly obvious choice for a Halloween event, but when drunk in celebration of True Blood, it takes on a whole new meaning. ("Hey, let's pretend we're drinking Tru Blood (TM) mixed with vodka! Yes!") In that view, it's worth whipping up a batch for your friends while watching the kids traipse from door-to-door in search of the best candy. The version in the True Blood cookbook is a pretty standard base of tomato juice, vodka, lime, Worcestershire, and cayenne that's not only easy to make but also easy to riff should you choose.
Why I picked this recipe: Gotta have booze when you're dining in Bon Temps (or handing candy to Trick-or-Treaters...).
What worked: This is a pretty basic Bloody Mary, well balanced with Worcestershire and lime juice. The pickled okra offers a nice Southern touch.
What didn't: While the drink was a snap to make, I liked it better with a little more vodka (2 ounces instead of 1.5) into the mix.
Suggested tweaks: Bloody Marys are easy to tweak to suit your taste; some easy changes would be to increase the booze as I did, add juice from your pickle jar, or sprinkle in hot sauce. The recipe is also easy to scale up to serve a group, but you'll need to mix in a pitcher rather than a cocktail shaker.
Reprinted with permission from True Blood by Gianna Sobol and Alan Ball with Karen Sommer Shalett. Recipes by Marcelle Bienvenu. Copyright 2012. Published by Chronicle. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.
- 6 ounces tomato juice
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Cracked ice
- Pickled green beans or pickled okra, for garnish
Combine the tomato juice, vodka, lime juice, and Worcestershire in a cocktail shaker. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir. Fill a highball glass with ice and pour the drink over the ice. Garnish with the beans or okra. Serve immediately.