12 Days of Cocktails: Bloody Mary from Commander’s Palace

January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day. This is the day when every party goer needs a little hair of the dog to cure what ails them – hungover or not.  And although I was raised on Caesars, I have come to appreciate a well made Bloody Mary in the South. So to celebrate the day, I am sharing the recipe for the famous Bloody Mary from Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.


  • 1-1/2 ounces Ketel One vodka
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon or two splashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes Tabasco and 4 dashes Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup V-8 or tomato juice


  • Creole seasoning (seafood or meat)
  • 1 medium-size pickled pepper, skewered with sugar cane (or cocktail pick)
  • 1 piece pickled okra skewered with sugar cane (or cocktail pick)
  • Optional: Freshly ground black pepper and coarse salt


  1. Place ice cubes in a tall glass until it’s 2/3 full.
  2. Add vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce and vegetable juice.
  3. Cover the glass with a shaker; shake well, then let rest in the shaker.
  4. Wet the rim of the glass and coat the entire rim with Creole seasoning.
  5. Pour the drink back into the glass and garnish with the pepper and okra.
  6. If you like extra seasoning, season the top of the drink with freshly cracked pepper and coarse salt.
  7. Enjoy.
  8. Repeat.
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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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