[dropcap letter="T"]he holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, connecting and making memories. It’s a time to celebrate and enjoy each others company over great food and delicious drinks. If your family is anything like mine, the holidays seem more like a festive party more than a family gathering. Both of my parents come from large families, so the holidays were never very “traditional.” Everyone brings a dish or two, wine and mixing drinks. We mix and mingle, a nibble here and there, laugh and just enjoy our time together.
Between shrimp cocktails, bloody maria’s and cocktails, Clamato seems to be the guest that shows up every year. Aside from the typical tomato juice based cocktails, there are so many different ways to incorporate the hints of sweetness and savory taste of Clamato. A little thinking out of the box, you’ll see that it’s the perfect addition to mixing up cocktails.
Clamato's versatility means it can lean in the sweet direction just as confidently as savory if you’re willing to let it. As for spirits, while vodka may seem the go-to, especially in the savory direction, dry gin (which, after all, was the original spirit of the Bloody Mary), tequila, mezcal, and even whiskeys are great complimenting options.
One of my more popular recipes is this Holiday Refresher, which can be made non-alcoholic or spiked up with gin. Whatever version you fancy, it’s something you’re going to love. It’s delicate, yet complex bringing out a wonderful combination of flavors that complement each other so nicely. It is the perfect refresher for easy holiday entertaining. It's equally great paired with tortilla chips at cocktail hour or with huevos rancheros for post-holiday brunch.
What You'll Need
4 oz Clamato Original Fresh Lemon Juice from 1/2 a Lemon 1 Tablespoon Light Agave Nectar 4-5 drops Orange Bitters Ice Mint Leaves Orange Slices Optional: 2 oz Gin
What You'll Need To Know
Combine Clamato juice, lemon juice, agave nectar, orange bitters and Gin (optional.) in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled, and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with mint leaves and an orange wedge.
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This post has been sponsored by Clamato and Let’s Regale received monetary compensation in exchange for publishing the above article. As always, all opinions are my own.