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Today is the last day of school. I can’t believe the kid is now a senior. The days go by so fast, it makes me want to curl up on the couch with a cocktail and ponder the idea of an empty nest. A Spicy Southwest Bloody Mary is whispering words of comfort in my ear after the madness of the last two weeks.
I am always amazed that the end of the school year is so busy. Between cadets meetings, uniform turn-in and finals I am scrambling to get everything taken care of. It also means I am eating more meals away from home that aren’t good for me.
A girlfriend recently turned me onto V8 V-Fusion+Energy Drink as a great tasting way to get an energy boost during the day. I found the new green tea version at Wal-Mart while shopping for party goodies and right away loved the fact that it is has natural energy from green tea. In addition to the traditional tomato based vegetable juice they have a variety of flavors including Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Mango, Orange Pineapple, Black Cherry, Diet Strawberry Lemonade and Diet Cranberry Raspberry.
My store didn’t carry all the available flavors but they are available on Wal-Mart.com. I grabbed a 6 pack of original flavor knowing I was going to need a cocktail this week.
I will confess I have used V8 for years as the base of my Bloody Mary mix. I like to make my own concoction, it gives you control over what ingredients go into it. It is a healthy substitute for pre-made mixes… plus you can make it as spicy as you like!
My Bloody Mary mix has some jump to it which can be a bit much for some folks. Serving a plain version with add-ins on the side so that people can mix up their own ensures everyone is happy. I like the fact that V8 had single serve cans which are a big help during barbecue season.
I like to use fresh local green chilies in this recipe when they are in season, if I can’t find them the canned version works just fine. No jalapeno? Substitute a healthy dose of crushed red pepper or your favorite hot sauce. To really enhance the southwest experience substitute tequila blanco for vodka and make a Bloody Maria.
For me a Bloody Mary is a meal. It requires bacon, pickles, olives, limes and veggies galore. Maybe the occasional onion ring… V8 adds even more veggies helping to balance it all out!
What are your favorite Bloody Mary add-ins? What is the craziest thing you have/would put in a Blood Mary?
the new Mrs. B
- 6 8-ounce cans Original 100% Vegetable juice V8 V-Fusion+Energy Drink
- 2 4-ounce cans diced green chilies
- 2-3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed if desired
- 2 tablespoons light agave syrup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Zest and juice of 2 limes
- Salt to taste
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Pulse until pureed and smooth. Serve chilled with vodka or tequila blanco over ice. Garnish as desired.