Sauer Mary Cocktail

Kirby & Kraut's twist on the classic Bloody Mary. Sauerkraut purée adds body and brightness while strained tomatoes provide a fresher tomato taste over bottled tomato juice. Topped off with a trio of sour pickle, dilly beans and more sauerkraut there's plenty to nibble while you work your way down the drink. Skip the the vodka for a simple and refreshing way to enjoy the pro-biotic benefits of raw sauerkraut anytime.

Ingredients Makes 2 drinks

  • 4 oz 120 ml Pomi Strained Tomatoes
  • 4 oz 120 ml Water
  • 2 tbsp 30 ml Sauerkraut puree
  • 1 tsp 5 ml Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp 5 ml Grated fresh horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp Corse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Diamond kosher salt
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Tabasco
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 3 oz 90 ml Vodka
  • For garnish:

Instructions Images

  1. Combine all ingredients (except the vodka) into a pitcher or glass measuring cup and stir to combine.
  2. Adjust the seasoning and spice as needed, add the vodka and stir to combine.
  3. Pour over ice into collins or highball glasses and garnish with dilly beans, dill pickle spear and a generous pinch of sauerkraut.

Notes

  • A Bloody Mary is only as good as it's tomatoes, and most tomato juice isn't very good. Pomi Strained Tomatoes are puréed ripe tomatoes in a box and they make for a fresher tasting base to the drink while being just as convenient. Mixed 50/50 with water (or pickle juice, see below), it's also a little thicker than tomato juice and this extra body helps the cocktail stand up to the ice and vodka.
  • We use two kinds of salt because the strained tomatoes, unlike tomato juice, have zero salt. We found using enough celery salt to adequately season the drink gave the cocktail an overpowering flavor of celery seed.
  • If you can't find fresh horse radish you can substitute prepared horse radish, just be sure the jar is very fresh as it loses its flavor quickly.

Variations

  • Add some pickle punch by omitting the kosher salt and lemon juice and substituting pickle juice for the water. Depending on the strength of your brine, you may need add a bit lemon juice and salt to taste before adding the vodka.

Times & Tags

  • Updated: 11/15/2013
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
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  • Category: Cocktail
  • Tags: Raw