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.
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.
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.