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  • 100ml vodka
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 1 tsp soft light brown sugar
  • 1 lemon
, 1 strip of lemon peel, 1 tbsp of juice, 1 wedge
  • 400ml tomato juice
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½-1 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 celery stick
  • cherry tomatoes, cornichons and olives on skewers to garnish (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Put the vodka, chilli, sugar and lemon peel in a clean jam jar or covered container and shake until the sugar dissolves. Leave for 6 hours or overnight.

  • STEP 2

    Put a handful of ice into a jug, and pour over the infused vodka. Add the lemon juice, tomato juice, worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and a pinch of the celery salt, pepper and sea salt. Mix well. Add the vinegar to taste, and add more salt, pepper and sauces, if you like.

  • STEP 3

    Rub the lemon wedge around the rims of two tall glasses. Combine the remaining salts and white pepper on a plate and dip the rims in the mixture.

  • STEP 4

    Add a few ice cubes to each glass, and strain the bloody mary into the glasses. Serve with a celery stick and a skewer garnish, if you like.


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Anna GloverSenior food editor

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