Happy football season to everyone! We are excited about the Alabama/Penn State game and Auburn/Mississippi State tomorrow. I thought I would share this fun game-day recipe for Basil Bloody Marys. I made these on television a couple of times last year for some tailgating shows, and I thought they would make the perfect tailgating drink for this weekend’s games. This recipe rocks-just try it and you will see. Enjoy the weekend!
Basil Bloody Mary
8 cups low-sodium vegetable juice (V8)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
Pepper to taste
Garnish: Celery sticks, basil
3 cups vodka (optional)
1. Place 1 cup vegetable juice and basil in a blender; pulse until basil is pureed. Add lemon juice and next 3 ingredients. Add remaining tomato juice to fill blender and blend. Pour mixture into a large pitcher. Stir in remaining vegetable juice and pepper, mixing well. Serve in glasses with ice. Garnish with celery and basil, if desired.
Note: If you want this with vodka, stir in 3 cups vodka in the pitcher right before serving and mix well.