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Kristen’s Fave Holiday Recipe: Grandpa Chuck’s Bloody Marys

This Question of the Week is coming straight from our table to yours! Every Friday for the next month, each FBG will be sharing her favorite healthy holiday recipe!

Like Tish, one of my favorite items in my holiday recipe arsenal is a family drink recipe. Although, in my case, I guess it’s a little less family-friendly. (Unless your family is like mine and nobody’s under the age of 21. Or 31, for that matter.)

My grandparents were well-known for throwing great parties. It’s no surprise, really — they were both kind and thoughtful. Grandma Sara was really good in the kitchen and, apparently, Grandpa Chuck had a knack for particularly delicious mixed drinks.

The most famous of all their party treats, within our family, anyway, is Grandpa Chuck’s Bloody Mary recipe. It’s spicy but immensely flavorful. Even my husband, a devout Bloody Mary opponent, admitted it was tasty.

bloody mary recipe

Weren’t they a great couple? And I love that we still have the actual recipe cards, written in Grandma Sara’s distinctive handwriting.

Grandpa Chuck’s Bloody Marys Recipe

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons dill sauce (Milani, if you can find it, and if you do, let me know where!)
1 ounce lime juice
46 ounce can Campbell’s tomato juice
Dill stick for garnish (or celery, which is what I do)
1/2 gallon jar

1. Mix all spices  and sauces and add them to a half-gallon jar.

2. Pour in 1/2 the tomato juice and shake well.

3. Add the rest of tomato juice and fill the rest of the jar with vodka.

4. Then, the tricky part: If you can plan ahead far enough, let sit for a week. If you only have a couple of days, though, it’s still worth making!

Do you have any family recipes that you just adore? —Kristen

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