Bloody Mary Mix

46 oz tomato juice
4 oz lemon juice
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Increase the amount of Tabasco if more spice is desired.

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Resplendent Island

New cocktail at Metrovino: Margarita flavored with Sri Lankan curry and honey, cumin-salt rim.

1 1/2 oz reposado tequila
3/4 oz Sri Lankan curry-honey syrup
3/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz Royal Combier
salt and ground cumin, for garnish

Moisten half the rim of a rocks glass with lime juice and coat with the salt and cumin mixture, then fill with ice. Shake cocktail ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

About that curry blend: It’s the roasted curry powder from Rice and Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking by Skiz Fernando, Jr., a very interesting cookbook a friend sent me recently. Rather than copy that recipe here, I’d rather encourage you to support the author by buying the book or purchasing his blend directly, which you can do here. It requires a few hard to find ingredients like curry leaves and a dozen spices, so buying the blend is the easier approach. I recommend the book though and have enjoyed the wonderfully flavored curries I’ve made from it.

2 tablespoons roasted curry powder
1 cup honey
1 cup water

Simmer all ingredients for a few minutes until flavorful, then add a pinch of salt. Cool, strain, and bottle.

If Royal Combier is unavailable, other cognac-based orange liqueurs would likely make fine substitutes.

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