One of my favorite restaurants for a good prime rib also served one of my all time favorite cocktails, a perfect bloody Mary that was garnished with marinated shrimp instead of a celery stick, it was a nice touch. The restaurant has been out of business for a couple of years but thanks to my ability to recreate recipes its wonderful chicken bisque soup with homemade croutons (it was all you can eat and a lot of people went there just to get soup, salad and bloody Mary’s) and bloody Mary’s with marinated shrimp garnish the restaurant will live forever at my house. The proportions here are for 6 cocktails, mix up as much as needed for the occasion, just make sure you remember to marinate more shrimp, they will be popular even if the Mary’s are virgin or non-existent!
Bloody Mary Mix
36 ounces V-8 juice
9 ounces vodka
1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
6 large shrimp, shelled and deveined and cooked
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh cilantro
1. Marinate shrimp in oil, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic and cilantro 4 hours or overnight. Remove from marinade and allow to drain.
2. Take a pitcher and mix together juice, vodka and seasonings. Add Worcestershire and Tabasco to taste.
3. Place a shrimp on a glass length skewer and place in the glass. Add ice cubes and fill with the mixed bloody Mary mix. Garish with a fresh sprig of cilantro on top if you have some leftover.