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Bloody Mary # 1

1 1/2 ounces vodka

4 ounces tomato juice

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

6 dashes Tabasco sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Lime wedge for garnish

This is the simplest recipe in my research — perhaps too simple. Just add the ingredients, except for the lime wedge, pour into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the liquid into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice.

If one substitutes rubbing alcohol for, let’s say, Skyy vodka, it probably won’t taste very good at all. I also need a tapas — some kind of savory morsel — with my Bloody Mary. I can’t eat a lime wedge.