Holiday Homestretch

Why is it not Friday yet?

Whyyyyyyyyy? I know many of you have already started your holiday break or are in transit to your holiday destinations. And I just want you to know how insanely jealous I am. Going to work while the majority of the population is already celebrating feels like cruel and unusual punishment.

The good news is I am in the homestretch. One more day or work today and a half day tomorrow and I am free for five days of holiday bliss. I. Cannot. Wait.

Holiday transportation has become an issue, however, because the Gold Car is still not fixed. Which is annoying because all we really wanted for Christmas was a new transmission for our embarrassingly old vintage automobile. Santa really dropped the ball on that one.

But thankfully I have a beautiful, generous sister who has offered to come into the city tomorrow evening to drive me, the boyfriend and the fuzzy dictator home for Christmas. Isn’t that nice of her? Don’t worry. I plan to make it worth her while with a few extra presents.

Okay, I’m not getting her ALL of these. I mean, she’s driving us like 100 miles. But don’t worry, she’ll be compensated. My sister is a bit of vodka connoisseur so I know she’ll appreciate a gift of holiday booze.  And I’m hoping she’ll share. Maybe we can make our own little bloody mary bar on Christmas.

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Because nothing says “Merry Christmas!” like a bloody mary. Well, at least in our house. And if you want to get really fancy with all your fixings and add-ons, you don’t even need to make a big fuss about food because you’ve basically got a meal in glass. I’m kidding! Sort of.

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Also, if I may, I’d like to point out that bloody mary’s are RED and GREEN. You can’t get much more festive than that, people. Seriously.

When it comes to recipes, I prefer to make my own because my sister and dad like their’s ultra spicy and I prefer heavy doses of celery salt and Worcestershire sauce in mine. Hence the convenience of a make-your-own bloody mary bar set-up. That being said, this is my favorite basic recipe (courtesy of saveur.com) which can be easily altered to fit your personal taste. I’m a huge fan of Clamato, but you can use plain tomato juice if Clamato isn’t your thing.

Basic Bloody Mary Recipe

1 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper
1 oz. vodka
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
Clamato juice (or a mixture of two parts clam juice to one part tomato juice)
1/2 lime, in two wedges
Celery hearts, olives, pickles, cheese, etc. for garnish

Combine celery salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Wet the edge of a pint glas, and rim in the celery salt-pepper mixture. Fill the rimmed pint glass with ice. Pour in vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and Tobasco sauce; top with Clamato. Gently squeeze the lime wedges into the glass, and drop in the juiced pieces. Garnish with olives, celery, pickles, cheese, or whatever else you fancy. Consume responsibly!

If we do indeed make some festive bloody mary’s this weekend, I will absolutely take some photos to share with you. Because I know all you’ll be thinking about until I see you next is what holiday cocktails I’ve consumed. Well, that and whether Santa brought me one of these:

Isn’t it beautiful? So sleek and sophisticated. I know it will just look gorgeous on my arm. I’m hoping it’s in the fat man’s bag. He owes me after the transmission mix-up.

On that note, this will probably be my last post for a couple of days. As you may remember, my parents are still living in the stone ages and are without internet so I won’t be able to give you a play-by-play of all of my holiday action as it unfolds. Which is for the best.  We all need to unplug every once and awhile, don’t we?

So, until next time, I hope you all have an absolutely lovely holiday, stuff yourselves with yummy eats, consume a few festive holiday cocktails, and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. Because you all absolutely deserve it.

Happy Holidays!

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13 Responses to Holiday Homestretch

  1. I hope Santa is good to you this year! ;) I got my bf a Garmin last year and he adores the darn thing and takes it everywhere with him.

    P.S. “Fuzzy dictator” is genius. I feel your pain.

  2. WAIT- your parents don’t have internet? Holy Moses. That’s actually an accomplishment. I love a good bloody mary (although, I like ‘em spicy- jalapeno infused vodka is killer in them), but we usually do mimosas on Christmas. Nothing says “happy birthday, Jesus!” like drinking a whole bottle of champagne before 11 am.

  3. Yum! I am also stuck at my desk in my quiet office! So jealous of those already on vacation!

    It’s official, I’m making Bloody Mary’s on Christmas morning. My recipe is a little more simple-Zing Zang brand bloody mix, Absolut Pepper vodka, olives, pickle, maybe even a slice of bacon. Done and done! YUM!

  4. Julia says:

    Oh Molly I know I can always count on you to get my booze fix for the day! haha..that’s exactly how I make my bloody mary’s..they are delicious..and you are so right, the PERFECT Christmas treat haha

    Have an amazing Christmas!! :)

  5. Molly- Hope you have a wonderful break! You deserve it! And…. that bloody mary bar is such a great idea. My husband would be in heaven. ha ha!

  6. Crossing my fingers for you and the Garmin!! Merry Christmas!

  7. Mmmm. Bloody Marys are a holiday favorite for me! Have a fabulous holiday my friend!

  8. I’m not a big bloody mary fan, but mostly bc all the sodium in them makes me puff up like the Michelin man. Not a pretty scene…
    And I feel you on the whole “I can’t believe it’s not friday” thing. I’ve been a day ahead all week and it’s been torture.

  9. Kiah says:

    I’m with the above comments–fuzz dictator is genius.

    Happy holidays, friend!!!

  10. Ooohhh now I want a bloody mary. Except for here its called a caesar – but really, its the same thing, just Canadian. :)

  11. Errign says:

    I do love me some Three Olives, but they’re also notorious for producing the flavors that make me throw up in my mouth a bit…like bubble gum..Ewwww.

  12. I hope your bloody Mary’s treated you well haha. Merry Christmas!

  13. I hope your bloody Mary’s treated you well haha. Merry Christmas!

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