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Crabby Mary

Crabby Mary


  • 1 bottle (1 to 2 quarts) tomato or spicy vegetable juice

  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish

  • 1 teaspoon celery salt

  • 2 ounces aged balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 bunch (around 8 leaves) fresh basil

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) Calabrian chili paste

  • Vodka, to serve

  • Bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), to garnish

  • Fresh crab claw, to garnish


Pour tomato juice into a pitcher. Muddle the horseradish, celery salt, balsamic vinegar and pepper at the bottom of a sealable pitcher or container. Add basil and muddle again. Add the remaining ingredients, shake well and strain into the pitcher to serve. To serve, pour 1 1/2 ounces of vodka into an ice-filled rocks glass. Fill with tomato mixture, stir gently and garnish with a fresh basil sprig and a bocconcini on a spear and a fresh crab claw.

Make a pitcher of this mix ahead of time and you can add the vodka by the glass when you serve.