The Bloody Mary comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people use mix while others build from scratch. You can swap out the vodka and make it a Snapper (gin), Maria (tequila), Caesar (clam), Pirate (rum), or a Michelada (beer). At the end of the day, the whole thing is really just an excuse for garnishes. Rumor has the Bloody Mary was actually invented at the request of Instagram. That’s why I jumped at the chance when it was suggested that I use Snarf’s sandwich shop as a muse for a Mary to celebrate National Bloody Mary Day.
Snarf’s meats are glorious, and I’m a big fan of the Italian sub, so that’s where I started. Pepperoni, salami, and capicola were all going on top regardless of what else happened. I threw in the cheeses because BYO Bloody Mary bars always seem to have them. Cheese doesn’t really seem to fit with a Bloody Mary, but what the hell do I know?
I wanted to do something different than the typical celery/pickle combo, so I threw on artichoke and mushrooms. Why? Pretty much because they were there. The first thing I actually tried was to roll up a wad of pastrami the length of the glass and pop that in where I’d normally put bacon. Then I had a better idea. I’d make the mix pastrami flavored!
This Bloody Mary is sandwich themed, so meat-flavored mix made sense in my head. Turns out it actually tastes pretty good too. Instead of just pouring in a bucket of vodka and some pepper, I added the full array of pastrami spices to the mix. I made my own blend but you can just easily buy it. A few dashes of Worcestershire, and I figured it was ready to go.
Then I remembered … it needs to be hot. No one likes a mild Bloody Mary. My heart naturally goes to Cholula, but keeping in theme I reached for the jar of hot giardiniera (spicy pepper and veggie mix for you outside of Chicago). Just be sure you put it on top of the ice so it doesn’t get sucked up through the straw. Trust me.
Finally, what’s lunch without a cookie? Fun fact: Bloody Marys are the new milk.
Pastrami, Salami, Pepperoni, Capicola, Swiss, American, Provolone, Cookie, Artichoke, Pickle, Portabello, Bloody Mary mix, Vodka, Worcestershire, Hot Giardiniera, *Pastrami spices
*Pastrami spices I used
1 tablespoons fresh coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander powder
3/4 teaspoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder