Cooking Up A Cocktail: Marmite Mary

Ever since reading (and posting....) about the Ma'amite Afternoon Tea at the Botanist, I could not stop drooling at the thought of the "Marmite Mary" that accompanied the gentleman's version. 

Bloody Mary's have always been a favourite of mine. I totally adore tomato juice, and it's even better when muddled up with a generous splash (or four) of Lea & Perrins and a dash of Tabasco. As far as the vodka goes, it has to be decent stuff (me and Glenns don't get on) so my picks are Grey Goose and Belvedere. The finishing touch, though, has to be a splash of sherry which really does make the Mary. 

I have become a bit of a master of these spicy treats, and have come to sample a fair few in my time. From the classics, the best of which is at the Canny Man in Edinburgh, through to the abstract interpretations like the sake and soya infused version at Kai in Mayfair and the tequila based Bloody Maria at Wahaca. Never, though, have I thought to slug some Marmite in there- but I wish I had thought of that earlier.

I love Marmite, and so does my lovely dad, so I had to give the Marmite Mary a go for father's day! And it went down a storm!

1) Add ice to a tall glass if you like, but i'd suggest chilling the tomato juice instead as watery tomato juice is not pleasant! 

2) Dampen the rim of a tall glass with a lime wedge and dip in edge salt. We use the Las Iguanas Bloody Mary edge salt  which gives a little kick and the frosted edge looks great!

3) Pour in a measure of your chosen vodka (I am dying to try the Belvedere Bloody Mary vodka)

4) Top up with tomato juice

5) Add in your chosen spice! I highly recommend buying some Little Devils Bloody Spice Sticks as they have everything you need for the perfectly spicy Bloody Mary. I actually like to add two! If you do not have these to hand opt for Lea & Perrins, Tabasco, celery salt and black pepper to taste.

6) Add generous swirl of Big Squeeze Marmite to the mix and stir together.

Serve with a slice of celery and some spicy nibbles. Perfection!  
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