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I taste tested Don Julio tequilas quite some time ago with a friend at a local pub. Read my thoughts on all the expressions we tasted that night. I found the Don Julio Blanco to be clean in taste with hints of black pepper flavor.
January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day. Perhaps a “cure” for partying the night before? Maybe not a cure all, but Bloody Marys sure go great with weekend brunch.
Don Julio Bloody Maria
1-1/2 ounce Don Julio Blanco Tequila
5 ounces Don Julio Bloody Maria Mix*
1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with pickled escabeche.
*Don Julio Bloody Mary Mix
Yields approximately 24 to 30 ounces depending on vegetable sizes
24 ounces Organic Tomato Juice
1 Red Pepper – cut into pieces
1 large Cucumber – cut into pieces
5 ounces Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
2 tablespoons prepared Horseradish
1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until all components are liquefied and smooth. Pour mixture into a glass container with lid using a fine mesh strainer to strain out any remaining lumps.
1 Cauliflower Head – chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
4 Carrots – peeled and cut into 1/4 inch wheels
2 Celery Stalks – cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 Jalapeno Pepper – cut into thin rings
1 Whole Bay Leaf
2 teaspoons Black Pepper
2 teaspoons Salt
3 cups Water
2 cups White Wine Vinegar
1 cup Sugar
Prepare vegetables and place in a heat-proof glass container. Place water, white wine vinegar and sugar into a saucepan over medium low heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Do not bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour the liquid over the prepared vegetables. Make sure all vegetables are completely covered by the liquid. Seal with a lid and place in the refrigerator. Allow vegetables to marinate in for at minimum of 24 hours or 48 hours for optimal flavor.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.