Friday, June 10, 2011

They've Got My Number!

The Ideal Bloody Mary minus the salty rim
Have I ever mentioned that I work next door to a pub? The Duke of Edinburgh has been around forever. The Duke is the BEST place to watch all types of sports, especially World Cup Soccer and NHL. For my office, we can't beat the convenience of an impromptu Happy Hour here and there. Yesterday I walked into work craving a Bloody Mary, spicy and delicious. Now, if I had a dollar for every time I said "Bloody Mary" over the course of the day, I'd have at least enough money to buy everyone in our small office 2 drinks a piece. I must be really good at being a bad influence because around 3:30 my boss disappeared for a few moments and came back in telling us that our order was ready. I can't take all the credit, and I hate to generalize but sales people tend to be good drinking people. Over the years I've had to take many people out to lunch, drinks or other events to gain their trust, smooth out unpleasant situations, or show appreciation for their business.

I try to be a healthy person, but it's not all physical. It's mental too. Socializing and having fun is part of what makes me happy. My boss happened to mention he's been on a gin and tonic kick lately, like it's a bad thing. Since I'm so knowledgeable about cocktails (hint of sarcasm) I start quelling his concerns by telling him clear liquor is cleaner, less likely to create hangovers, and how gin and tonic with lime is such a refreshing summer cocktail.

Even the lovely Bloody Mary I was drinking (ok, two) wasn't so bad when you think about it. We've covered the benefit of clear liquor (vodka). Tomato juice is full of vitamin C.  Celery for more vitamin C and low to zero calories. Olives are high in monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. A lime wedge for garnish,  a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco can't be too bad for you. I generally pass on the celery salt on the rim of the glass because I try to avoid salt in in general. I like lots of black pepper in my Bloody Mary, but its not like I drink them all the time.

My boss told me I was really good at rationalizing things. Come to think of it, I am, and I am totally ok with that. I think it's a positive thing to look for the good in what's around you. And that goes for cocktails too.

What is your favorite summer cocktail or beverage? I love vodka tonics.


  1. Now this is a perfect Friday post! Usually when May rolls around is about the time I start craving something other than vodka in the cocktail department...margaritas. And thanks to the whole skinnygirl maragarita concept, that's just as 'healthy' as those bloody marys. Even though I'm not a Bloody Mary fan, once July rolls around, I usually find myself making one or two for Hubs. (I don't like tomato juice. Actually, until being pregnant with kidlet number two, I didn't like tomatoes at all. Now, I can't get enough of fresh, organic romas!) He likes the celery salt in his, but opt for the low sodium tomato juice to compensate. And he likes them uber spicy too. Cheers, my friend! :>

  2. That looks delicious! I thought I had heard that about clear liquor...good to know! I hate hangovers ;)

  3. I love Bloody Mary drinks, only in Canada we call them Cesars!

  4. You know, I'm not a fan of Bloody Marys, but that picture looks delicious.

    I'm all about the caipirinha, now that post-pregnancy seems to have killed my taste for most mixed drinks and hard liquors. Mint juleps and sangria are up there too.

  5. I love bloody mary's in the summer time. I never thought of olives and I wouldn't do the salt either but heck yeah on the Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce! New follower from Friendly Friday. I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

  6. I'm not a huge fan of Bloody Marys because I don't like tomato juice but that looks amazing! Guess I'm old-fashioned bc I like anything lemonade for the summer. For summer cocktails, daiquiris, cosmos (year-round), margaritas. I'm easy ;)

  7. Riesling or mojito for eating outdoors. Beer at a baseball game or sitting on the porch.

  8. Never had bloody mary but I must try it. During the summer I like to have pina coladas but they are sooooo not good for the weight. lol But I like cosmos and I am interested in trying the skinny girl margarita.


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