Today I have a very exciting gift for all my readers, bottles of hot sauce made by none other than twisted sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda. Life is funny and sometimes you meet people in bars and a few weeks later you recieve a case of hot sauce. Now as much as TFB and I love hot sauce, we are never going to get through this case, well we probably will but I’m getting into the Christmas spirit and sharing the love.
So to promote Twisted Hot Sauce which is currently not available anywhere in Korea, I have 6 bottles to give away.The Twisted Hot sauce comes in 3 fun and fruity flavours Apple Serrano (mild), Cherry Habanero (medium), and Peach Carolina Reaper (hot) . Now I’ve been playing around with them and have found my hotness appreciation level to be somewhere between the mild and the medium depending on what I’m eating. While TFB loves the medium, and the ultimate heat when he’s feeling like something with a little more kick. To win yourself a bottle all you have to do is share this post and and comment which flavour you would like to win Apple Serrano (mild), Cherry Habanero (medium), and Peach Carolina Reaper (hot), I will be picking the 6 winners on Friday!
So what to make with my new supply of hot sauces? Well the lush in me immediately thought of cocktails, and my favourite morning beverage the Bloody Mary soon came to mind. The problems with making a Bloody Mary in Korea is that the tomato juice here is insanely sweet. So to combat that, I made my own. It’s actually very easy, you just boil and blend, and cherry tomatoes are currently pretty cheap. I decided to spice my Mary up, not only with these lovely hot sauces, but also with a slice of bacon, because bacon always makes everything better.
1kg of cherry tomatoes
2 cups of water
4 cloves of garlic
A pinch of cumin
A pinch of chipotle
Bloody Mary (makes 1 cocktail)
300mls of tomato juice
50mls of vodka
1/2 a lemon
A pinch of celery salt (plus more for the rim)
6 drops of Worcestershire sauce
6 drops of Twisted hot sauce (the heat depends on you)
1 stick of celery
1 rasher of bacon
1 slice of lemon for garnish
1.To make the tomato juice take all the stalks off the tomatoes, give them a quick rinse then pop them in a large pan. Add two cups of water and bring to the boil for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool then blend blend blend. I currently have the use of a Vitamix so didn’t feel the need to strain, but if your blender isn’t so powerful put the juice through a sieve. Store in the fridge and chill until making those Marys!
2. Cook the slice of bacon if using and cut your celery stick and lemon garnish. To rim the glass, make a pile of celery salt, rub the lemon on the edge of the glass then roll it in the celery salt. Fill the glass with ice.
3. If you have a cocktail shaker use it, if not just make it straight in your glass. Add the vodka, Worcestershire sauce, Twisted hot sauce, celery salt, and the juice of half a lemon and then top with half of the tomato juice. Add a large cube of ice and shake like there is no tomorrow. Pour your Mary into your glass, then top with the remaining tomato juice and garnish with the bacon, celery and a slice of lemon. Voilà a healthy and socially acceptable way of drinking vodka in the morning.