When I gave my shout out for Bloody Mary recommendations I got some great suggestions. One, coming from DrinkSnob of Liquor is Quicker, is to try the Red Snapper. In looking though the Joy of Mixology it seems that the Red Snapper could be thought of as a predecessor of the Bloody Mary. The primary differences in the recipes are the ratio of juice to vodka and the amount and variety of add-ons.
Red Snapper (Joy of Mixology)
1 1/2 oz Vodka 1 1/2 oz Tomato Juice 2 Dashes Lemon Juice 2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce Salt and Cayenne Pepper to Taste
1) Combine ingredients over ice 2) Shake until well chilled 3) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
I liked this drink for the most part. It’s by no means my favorite and I can assure you I won’t be ordering it over something like an Aviation. But, it’s pretty good. Definitely an ancestor of the Bloody Mary, for the most part the flavor profiles are the same. With the obvious note that the Red Snapper is a much stronger cocktail. More thoughts on the two when I wrap up the Bloody Mary later in the week.