Bloody Bull

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The Bloody Bull is a distinctive cocktail that is essentially a Blood Mary, a classic vodka-based drink, enriched with the unexpected addition of beef broth. Rumored to have originated at the legendary Brennan’s in New Orleans, the Bloody Bull has become a celebrated and intriguing cocktail that combines the flavors of the bar and the kitchen.

The Bloody Bull is said to have made its debut at Brennan’s, a renowned restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter. Although the precise origins of the drink remain shrouded in a certain degree of mystery, the cocktail is believed to have emerged in the mid-20th century, a time when creative experimentation with classic recipes was gaining momentum.

Brennan’s, with its reputation for pushing culinary boundaries, seems a fitting birthplace for such an unconventional drink. The restaurant, founded by the Brennan family, has been a New Orleans institution since 1946, known for its Creole-inspired cuisine and innovative twists on traditional dishes. The Bloody Bull, an ingenious fusion of the popular Bloody Mary and the hearty flavors of beef broth, perfectly embodies the spirit of Brennan’s culinary inventiveness.

At the heart of the Bloody Bull’s appeal is its distinctive blend of ingredients that marries the bold and tangy flavors of a traditional Bloody Mary with the rich and savory essence of beef broth. The classic components of Bloody Mary – vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and various spices – are combined with the addition of beef broth, elevating the drink to a whole new level of complexity.

The preparation of the Bloody Bull involves a careful balance of flavors to ensure that neither the tomato-based essence nor the beef broth overpowers the other. Bartenders often experiment with the ratios of these ingredients, allowing for a customized experience that caters to individual palates.

Bloody Bull Recipe

  1. 60 ml vodka

  2. 60 ml tomato juice

  3. 60 ml beef broth

  4. 15 ml fresh lemon juice

  5. 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

  6. 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce

  7. ½ teaspoon of horseradish

  8. 1 pinch of salt

  9. 1 pinch of black pepper

  10. Ice

  11. Garnish: lemon wedge

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How to Make a Bloody Bull Cocktail?

  1. Add the vodka, tomato juice, beef broth, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, horseradish, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of black pepper into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a Collins glass, over ice.

  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge.