I always thought Bloody Mary was a cocktail I should like, it seemed so healthy, containing a vegetable as it does, and such a classic. Having trained myself to like Marmite, I felt confident I could overcome my disgust at the taste of cold tomato juice, but sadly it was not to be for many years. I tried the drink on cruise ships, as well as at highly regarded British and American brunch spots, thinking I would be converted, but sadly it was not to be, until…
Until I went to Britmums parent bloggers conference in London. While wandering about, a little unsure which session to attend post lunch, I was ushered into a side room by The Caravan Club. Now we used to have a lovely Swift caravan, so I was happy to be press ganged, especially when I discovered that campervanner and cook book writer Martin Dorey was lurking inside with ingredients for cocktails and several large pitchers.
Martin quickly convinced us that a) you don’t need to measure anything and b) Bloody Mary’s taste bloody fantastic c) this would be a brilliant thing to make in a field with friends and family as all the ingredients are non perishable and it’s great fun to make. (Just don’t let the kids have Vodka in theirs). I had a real giggle making these with fellow bloggers Laura from London Baby and Jacqui from Mummy’s Little Monkey.
The Perfect Bloody Mary
Basically you need these ingredients and a big jug:
Tomato juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Vodka, Tabasco, Horseradish, Celery, Lime, Coriander, Celery Salt.
All you do is mix and taste, mix and taste until you get the flavour you love – keep adding more layers of lovely flavours and don’t settle for anything that tastes like vodka and tomato juice. My top tip would be make it really spicy to make the tomatoes ping and to add coriander which is the secret and the making of this drink for me, although it might not be for you of course, Laura who was asked to judge narrowly down voted us from first place because she isn’t a fan of coriander, but she loved our presentation.
The trick to garnishing like a pro is to wet the edge of your glass and dip it in a plate of celery salt, add a slice of lime, a stick of celery and a spring of coriander.
I can see this being a brilliant camping treat, it’s lots of fun to make and full of flavour and it can be made without vodka for the kids, it’s like tomato soup without having to do any heating up – brilliant! The ingredients are also great staples to have on board to spice up other camping dishes.
After tasting our creations I was utterly sold, bloody fantastic. Finally I am converted.
Do you like Bloody Mary? Got any favourite camping food treats?
Find out more about Martin Dorey’s camping books and bag signed copies on his site. Find out more information on The Caravan Club’s Little Big Tent Festival, which encourages families to enjoy camping in the garden. Check out deals on camping gear from Wayfair and why not glamp up your camp with some fabulous bunting, I have my eye on this gorgeously funky Ipanema bunting.