Finally a Bloody Mary Mixer Containing Everything You Need to Make the Best Bloody Mary Cocktail Ever – Smokin’ Mary
This award-winning mixer has pleased the judges again. Their newest accolades include SUNSET Magazine’s 2019 SUNSET International Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal and Best of Category of ALL Cocktail Mixers for their Original (Red) Smoked Bloody Mary Mix and the 2019 SUNSET International Spirits Competition Gold medal for their Green with Envy Smoked Green Tomato Bloody Mary Mix, to be published in the March 2020 edition.
What luck! I had the opportunity to meet up with Laurie Nadeau, the owner & recipe creator of Smokin’ Mary while attending the 2020 San Antonio Cocktail Conference. I meet the best folks at this conference every year and always come away with a new product which I adore. Born of fresh, plump, juicy tomatoes along with things like onions, garlic, chili pepper, horseradish, lime & lemon juice, Cayenne pepper and celery seed, this mixer has everything already added into it. Just add liquor of choice, rim salt and optional garnish (celery stalk, jalapeno, bacon, pickle) and you are ready to drink. It can’t get any easier and it darn sure can’t get any better than Smokin’ Mary.
Laurie, raised on a farm in Northern California, is no stranger to fresh vegetables. Especially the tomatoes her mother grew. This love affair with fresh, year round veggies had her always looking for products made with the freshest ingredients. There is no mistaking fresh versus processed! Laurie also has a love for Bloody Mary cocktails, but every mixer she tried just didn’t taste fresh. So she started playing with her own recipes in her kitchen. After 5 years of re-creating different variations, friends told her she had a winner.
While at the SACC, I got to sample two of Smokin’ Mary’s flavors, The Original Smoked Bloody Mary Mix and the Green with Envy, Smoked Green Tomato Bloody Mary Mix. And you know what I found? This mix has the fresh, clean taste of vine ripe tomatoes along with a zing from other lively ingredients. But another thing I noticed was the smoky flavor in both the mixes. The smoke comes from an all-natural smoke which adds a flavor you won’t find in other mixers. It’s not a heavy smoke flavor, just enough to know it’s there. I truly love this product and if you are a fan of Bloody Mary’s I think you will love it too. I give it an excellent rating. And best of all, Laurie does all the work! All I have to do is pour.
But besides Bloody Mary’s, there are many other ways to use this product. Friends and family are always helping Laurie create recipes for soups, appetizers and entrees. This miracle concoction seems to enhance many dishes. In fact, I have included a couple of recipes below for you to try. You can find over 40 recipes using the product on the Smokin’ Mary website at www.SmokinMary.com. You’re sure to find several you like.
How To Make the Perfect Smokin’ Mary Cocktail
Because award-winning Smokin’ Mary is made from whole, crushed tomatoes instead of tomato juice, they do things just a little differently.
To make the perfect Smokin’ Mary Bloody Mary, follow these three simple steps:
1. Fill your glass with ice
2. Add whichever spirit you prefer (vodka, tequila, dry gin, whiskey, or even rum) to about halfway up the glass. If you prefer less spirit than that, you may add some water to this point.
3. Fill the rest with mix and stir
As the ice melts and the flavors open up, your cocktail gets even better.
*Optional – add garnish
Green with Envy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
2 cups of Smokin’ Mary’s Green with Envy
1/4 cup Almond powder
1/2 cup of Sour Cream
4oz of soften cream cheese
2 cups Mexican blend cheese
2cups of shredded chicken
1 cup of chopped Chilies
1/2 cup of sliced olives
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium sauce pot pour in green with envy, bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and whisk in almond flour. Cook Green with Envy and almond flour until thickened, about 20 mins. Remove from heat and add cream cheese and sour cream. Stir until it becomes a smooth consistency.
Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Layer bottom of dish with a thin layer of cheese, bake in oven till cheese is crisp. Take out of oven a let it cool.
Layer with half of the green chilies, olives, chicken, green with envy mix and top with cheese. Repeat layer sequence.
Place in oven for 45 min.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 min.
Pulled Pork Smokin’ Mary style
5-8 pounds Pork Butt (or shoulder) roast
1 bottle of Smokin’ Mary Mix
1 cup of straight Bourbon
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 Tbsp of dry mustard
1/2 cup of molasses
1 cup of chopped red onions
In a air tight bag (FoodSaver/Ziploc) place the roast and the Smokin’ Mary Mix , seal and then put in fridge for 1 day.
Set smoker to 175 degrees.
Pull roast from bag and place onto smoker for 6-8 hrs.
Take mix and from bag, pour it into a medium sauce pan, add Bourbon, brown sugar, mustard, molasses and onions. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer and reduce to 1/2.
Cool, cover and place in fridge until later.
Once the roast reaches 190 degrees, remove it from smoker and let cool.
Shred roast; reheat sauce and then mix together.
If you want a killer pulled pork sandwich, serve on two waffles with bread and butter pickles, maple syrup and sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!
There are a handful of locations that carry Smokin’ Mary including a few in the Dallas, Texas area. But if you don’t happen to be close to one of these retailers, the best way to get hold of these mixers in on their website.