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A note from the Bitches: Today we have a guest post from The Hungry Lobbyist (THL), a new food blog recently founded by a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., who has a passion for cooking, eating, and entertaining. THL has his roots in the Southern United States. He believes in obtaining much of his own food by hunting, fishing or locally sourcing food, being close to your food source, making as much as you can from scratch in your own kitchen, and preserving food-freedoms. When not lobbying or blogging, THL engages in general debauchery and tomfoolery around our nation’s Capitol. You can follow him on Twitter @HungryLobbyist or like him on Facebook.

Being a lobbyist in Washington involves attending many post-work receptions, fundraisers, dinners, and PAC events, which almost always consist of an open bar, or seven (Tip from #THL: All events past 4 p.m. should have either an open bar or alcohol for purchase. If you don’t drink, great, but others do and after 4 p.m. they should have that option). Unfortunately, all of this “work” can lead to some very rough mornings. Fortunately, a properly crafted Bloody Mary can not only provide that much needed “hair of the dog,” but also give you that spicy kick to jump start your morning.

If you’re not suffering from the 9 a.m. weekday shakes, a Saturday or Sunday “Bloody Mary Party” is a great way to pre-game before a sporting event, steeple chase, polo match, or cock-fight. Just make sure you have all of the necessary ingredients. It’s never appropriate to be out of a staple ingredient, such as horseradish (or ice for that matter), or to serve bottom-shelf vodka. There are plenty of quality vodkas available that won’t wreak havoc on your central nervous system. However, if someone says, “I only drink DIVA Premium Vodka (Google if unsure of the reference), where’s yours?” is it completely appropriate to ignore them for 37 years.

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It is important to note that one should never use store-bought Bloody Mary mix. “But, why? I love Uncle Jimmy’s Backyard Salty Tomato Juice and it’s only three cents and a piece of string!” is the typical response I receive. For starters, assuming you were over-served the prior evening, the last thing you want to do is to flood your system with an overly processed liquid sodium mixture. One serving of the average Bloody Mary mix offers about 40 to 70 calories, with 1 gram of fat, 9-13 grams of carbohydrates, 4-7 grams of sugar, and around 1500 grams of sodium. Even if your body is not currently in a state of decay, you deserve better and you can do better with minimal effort.

And here’s what you’ll need to make THL DC Bloody Mary:

Ingredients:
–       Clamato Juice (tomato juice with clam juice – trust me on this one)
–       Vodka (I prefer Kettle One for my Bloodies)
–       Horseradish
–       Worcestershire Sauce
–       Tabasco
–       Celery Salt
–       Freshly cracked black pepper
–       Old Bay
–       Garnishes: olive, shrimp, celery stalk (or pickled green beans)

Instructions:
1. To prepare, start with one 12oz glass, wet the edge, and coat with Old Bay.
2. Next, add 8oz of clamato juice, a heaping teaspoon of horseradish, 3-4 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, 5 dashes of Tabasco, a shake of celery salt, and a few rotations of the black pepper grinder. Stir until the horseradish is dissolved.
3. Then, add 2 oz of vodka and shake with ice. No one likes a warm Bloody Mary.
4. Finish by tossing in a green olive, jam a celery stick/pickled green bean to the bottom of the glass, and garnish with a cooked, cold shrimp (pealed, tail-on).
5. Drink (responsibly), enjoy and stay hungry!

 

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