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TASTING PANEL BLOGTAILS: Some Like It Hot, a Creole Bloody Mary
Posted by Paige McCune

I created a Creole Bloody Mary just in time for the Super Bowl to honor New Orleans. I have spent a lot of time below the Mason-Dixon line. My great-grandfather started the athletic department at UNC and I still have family in North Carolina. I have some close friends in Alabama and love spending time on the beach in the gulf. These experiences have made me a natural Southern cook.

The Creole Relish in this Bloody Mary adds a spicy sweet yet a little bit tart element. It is also a phenomenal addition to a homemade pizza, a burger, on grilled chicken or even with added cheese to dip your French fries in. I combine Southern flavors with classic south-of-the-border flavors to make amazing huevos rancheros using spicy chorizo served with a side of Creole Relish. It adds a sweet, tangy crunch to the eggs. I keep homemade relish and hot sauce it in the refrigerator at all times. If you do spend the time to make each, I guarantee you won't just use them in this drink. Once you make your own fresh sauces you will be just as spoiled as I am and always have some on hand.


PHOTO: PAIGE MCCUNE

Some Like It Hot

  • 2 oz. Bulleit Rye
  • pinch white pepper
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • one heaping spoonful of Creole Relish (see recipe below)
  • Two dashes homemade hot sauce or Cholula Hot Sauce
  • one heaping spoon pickled peperoncini juice
  • 5 oz. tomato juice
  • squeeze of lemon
  • Slap Ya'Mama Seasoning

Using a lemon wedge round the top of a pint glass. Turn the glass over and roll it in Slap Ya' Mama seasoning. Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice. Shake just until combined. Pour Creole Bloody Mary into a pint glass. Garnish with pickled carrots, pickled radishes, cucumbers and a spring of Italian parsley. Enjoy.


Creole Relish

  • One large red onion
  • 1 tbsp. whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp. fresh horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon curd
  • 1 juice from one lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon dill weed
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sorghum syrup


Prepare charcoal grill. Cut tops off of onion and peel. Cut onion into eighths. Brush with olive oil and then season with salt and pepper. Grill until onions are caramelized and just starting to brown. Alternatively, roast onions in a 400-degree oven on a baking sheet.

Combine all other ingredients in a food processor. Using a spatula transfer relish into a bowl. Put onions into the same food processor until finely chopped. Fold red onions into relish mixture. Let sit in the refrigerator at least over night or up to two weeks.

A & P Hot Sauce

  • 2 habanero chili peppers
  • 10 red jalapeño, halved
  • one red bell pepper, quartered
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay
  • tablespoon grape seed oil


In a blender blend all ingredients except salt, Old Bay and grape seed oil. Heat the grape seed oil in a large saucepan. Add the pepper mixture. Let simmer and whisk slowly until thickened. Fine-strain mixture into an airtight container. Place in refrigerator.

Pickled Radishes with Chiles and Ginger

  • One bunch of radishes
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 Thai chili
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoons ginger, peeled and chopped


Wash radishes and cut ends leaving half and inch stem. Cut each radish into fourths. Place radishes in a small bowl or quart sized Mason jar with a lid. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt and water in a saucepan. Bring mixture up to a boil. Cook only for a minute just until the sugar and salt dissolves. Let cool. Add chilies, garlic and ginger to the radishes. Pour the mixture over radishes. Add water if necessary to completely over radishes. Place the lid on top of the jar or plastic wrap over the bowl. Refrigerate for two days or up to two weeks stirring once a day, every day.

Pickled Carrots with Fennel

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 tbsp. salt
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • one pound of carrots
  • one small head of fennel

Peel the outer skin off a pound of carrots. Using a sharp paring knife, cut carrots lengthwise into quarters. Take off outer layer of a fennel bulb and wash throughly. Cut fennel into ¼ inch rounds. Arrange carrots and fennel into a small Pyrex dish. In a small saucepan bring two cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and add salt, peppercorns, and garlic. Stir well, making sure salt dissolves completely and let cool. Add mixture to carrots. Add enough water so that the carrots and fennel are fully submerged. Cover Pyrex with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two days or up to two weeks.




Paige McCune is a Northern California-based cocktail writer whose blog, A Round or Two, can be found here.

Categories: Cocktails

Posted by Paige McCune on February 01, 2013 03:57 pm | Permalink 
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