Bloody Mary Mix
I found the standards of a "Vegetable Juice Blend" from CGHC and adapted a few ingredients within the guidelines to come up with a mix that will compete with the best.
- 30 pc. medium tomatoes, quartered (not peeled, any tomatoes will work)
- 1 1/2 cups green peppers, chopped (you could use sweet bell peppers)
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1 pc. small onions, diced
- 2-3 pc. garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup parsley, minced
- 1 pc. bay leaf
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoon salt (you can use less if salt restrictions since this is for flavor only)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pc. medium jalapeno, diced including seeds (1/4 cup) (or hotter peppers if you want it spicier)
In a large stainless steel or enameled dutch oven cook tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, and hot peppers approximately 30-45 minutes or until veggies are breaking down. Remove bay leaf.
If you want to remove the seeds and any additional skin of the tomatoes you can pour in batches through a sieve or fine mesh strainer.
With your immersion blender, food processor, or upright blender work through the recipe until the contents are smooth.
Stir with your spoon just to make sure you did not miss any big pieces.
To the pot add the sugar, bottled lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Heat to a boil over medium, stirring frequently.
Filling the jars:
On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel in each jar ladle the mixture into the jars leaving 1/2” headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace if necessary.
Taking a clean papertowel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal.
Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight".
Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up.
Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 40 minutes.
When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes.
Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.
To make a Bloody Mary:
In a pint jar 3/4 filled with ice;3 oz of Homemade Bloody Mary Mix1 1/2 oz vodka
celery saltground pepperhot pepper sauce to tastecelery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnishlemon and/or lime wedge for garnish