Happy New Year! Was that too loud?
Last night, you celebrated the turn of the calendar with uninhibited abandon, didn’t you? The beer, wine, cocktails and bubbly flowed a little too freely, and now you have a headache that’s pounding like last night’s band.
You’re not alone. That hangover is universal among celebrants. The cure has inspired the first food holiday of the year, Bloody Mary Day, to be celebrated, without delay, on January 1.
Also known as ‘bucket of blood’ and ‘red snapper’, the Bloody Mary is the antidote to your overindulgence of alcoholic libations. What makes this holiday appealing is that you get to indulge a bit more.
Remember your silly resolution, about healthier dining, that accidentally slipped through your tipsy lips last night? You can get started on that too.
A Bloody Mary is a mixture of vodka and tomato juice. Lemon juice, hot sauce, horseradish and Worcestershire are all common additions to the mix. Think of this as a liquefied version of cocktail sauce.
Classic embellishments include a stalk of celery and a lemon wedge, but crispy strips of bacon have become favorite stirrers. Pickles and olives have joined the ranks of skewered garnishes.
Tomato juice provides lycopene, lemon juice boosts your immune system with Vitamin C, olives contribute cholesterol-fighting fat, and everyone knows that hot sauce revs up your metabolism.
Now that your resolution remains intact, it’s time to seize this legitimate excuse to get your drinking game on in celebration of Bloody Mary Day.