Today, Stacie Standifer, publisher and editor of Nashville Lifestyles magazine writes about her love of the perfect Bloody Mary and how this ties into one great weekend coming up for foodies in Nashville.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all the time I’ve spent researching local restaurants, it’s that people are passionate about food and drink. I recently asked some friends this question: “What makes a perfect Bloody Mary?” Apparently I opened a can of tomatoes, because the replies were varied and fervent.
What I love about a Bloody Mary is that, in its purist state, it’s a blank canvas to create a custom drink. Start with vodka and tomato juice, and build from there, adding spice, flavors and garnishes until it’s, well, perfect. If vodka isn’t your thing, tomato juice actually works well with other spirits – tequila makes it a Bloody Maria, and gin makes it a Dirty Mary. And what’s more, it’s a surprisingly low calorie beverage because there’s not a ton of sugar added.
The folks at Prime 108 were kind enough to share what they consider the ‘perfect’ Bloody Mary.
Prime 108 Signature Bloody Mary
- 2 oz V8 juice
- 2 oz tomato juice
- juice from 1/4 fresh lemon
- juice from 1/4 fresh lime
- dash of Worcestershire
- dash of celery salt
- dash Sriracha hot sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 ½ oz Grey Goose Le Citron
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and strain liquid into a tall glass. Garnish with celery stalk, one green olive and a wedge of lime. Serve immediately.
If you’d build yours differently, I have good news. This Sunday, May 20, Union Station Hotel, home to Prime 108, will host Challenge to the Chefs, a local chef cook off that’s part of Savor Nashville’s culinary weekend. The event, which kicks off at noon, will feature a Bloody Mary station. So whether it’s celery or olives, lemon juice or horseradish, Savor Nashville will provide the perfect Mary while you enjoy the show. Exceptional local chefs will use local ingredients – Benton’s Bacon, Goo Goo Clusters and Jack Daniels Honey whiskey – to create unique, delectable offerings. A panel of judges will decide the winner, as well as attendees, who will have the chance to sample the creations and name the Audience Choice winner.
Savor Nashville will kick off Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m., with a Celebrity Chef Dinner. The Hutton Hotel will host visiting James Boyce of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Alabama, and Bruce Moffett of Barrington’s Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina. The award-winning chefs will prepare a five-course dinner with wine pairings from Cultivate Wines. Guests will enjoy performances from Grammy Award-winning songwriters Tim Nichols and Marv Green and a silent auction benefiting Hands On Nashville.
What’s great about Savor Nashville is that it celebrates the booming local food scene and features some award-winning chef creations from the best local restaurants in other cities. The weekend of food will leave you chock full of the city’s best local chefs, seasonal ingredients and a taste for more. All you’ve got to worry about is how you want to garnish that Bloody Mary.
Thanks, Stacie! This is such a great event and we are thrilled that Nashville has grown into a city that supports eating locally and “savor-ing” great food like the offerings that are sure to be served up this weekend! To order tickets, click here!