Aperitivo Bloody Mary

Happy New Year 2010 to all our family and friends, colleagues and customers ! May 2010 be a healthy and joyful year for everyone.

This version of a Bloody Mary cocktail comes from our friends at the Italian firm of Acetum, who produces lovely and distinctive balsamic vinegar in Modena, Italy.  Acetum belongs to a consortium of balsamic vinegar producers who  submit their vinegars for classification to a group known as the AIB, Assaggiatori Italiani Balsamico. The classification system assigns a rating of 1 to 4 Leaves to each vinegar according to flavor and style, and it also suggests appropriate uses for each style of vinegar.  Please see the chart at the end of the post for more information.

This recipe is designed by Acetum for use with their fruity and tasty 4-Leaves Fiaschetta Balsamic vinegar, which is one of our best selling balsamic vinegars.

Aperitivo Bloody Mary

serves 1

chipped ice

1 & 3/4 ounces premium vodka

3/4 tablespoon 4-Leaves Fiaschetta balsamic vinegar

4 drops Tobasco sauce

7 ounces tomato juice

salt and pepper to taste

garnish: fresh lemon or lime slices, sprigs of fresh celery leaf

Fill a double old-fashioned glass 1/2 full with chipped ice. In another glass, add the vodka, balsamic vinegar and tomato juice, salt and pepper and gently stir with a long handled spoon. Taste, and adjust any of the ingredients to your preference. Pour the drink into the glass with ice, and add the slice of citrus to the rim of the glass.  Stand  the sprig of celery upright in the glass.

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