Tale of Bloody Mary and the Meat Straw

Hey y’all – I’m back!  I finally made my first Bloody Mary.  Purchasing the deliciously kitschy Benny’s Original Meat Straws certainly factored in this decision!  And, well, alcohol.

I will be frank – unfortunately – these meat straws did not work for me.  Unless, their function is not to suck liquid through, but to just look cool and interesting…

First, I thought maybe the finely grated horseradish I purchased was not so finely grated, after all… So, I tried the straw on the reminder of the fresh tomato juice I just pressed. Suck, suck, suuuuuuck….. nothing but a lungful of disappointment.

I cut the straw in half and saw that it wasn’t completely hollowed out.  Ok, things like this happen, no biggie… I try another straw out of the pack of six, this one had what looked like a large enough hole (on both ends). Once again, I looked like a schmuck sucking on this hunk of meat, hoping and anticipating a quick burst of spicy tomato goodness and coming up with nothin’ but net.

Anyway, if someone has a different experience with these meat straws – drop me a line.  They are tasty and look cool, so I am not sorry I got them.  They can also be used a stirrers…


Jalapeño Basil Bloody Mary 

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6oz Fresh tomato juice (1 large tomato) — 4oz Jalapeño Basil infused vodka — 8-10 dashes Sriracha — 1 1/4 tbs Worcestershire sauce — 1oz finely grated Horseradish — 1 lemon wedge — Mix all ingredients in highball glass, then using second glass, pour back and forth several times until well mixed. Fill highball glass with ice, pour over, express lemon wedge (optional) then garnish with fresh lemon wedge, celery stalk, and anything else your heart desires. SPR

 

 

 

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