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Playing Bloody Johnnies


  • 1 quart tomato juice or V-8 vegetable juice
  • 1 1/4 cups vodka
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 16 jumbo pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 8 party picks, 3 to 4 inches long
  • 8 stalks celery from the heart with leafy tops still attached
  • 16 spicy, pickled string beans


Serves: 1 pitcher, about 8 to 10 servings


Mix the first 8 ingredients in a pitcher and stir with a wooden spoon.

Skewer 2 olives on each party pick.

To serve, fill glasses with ice and pour in Bloody Johnny mix. Garnish glasses with a stalk of celery, the olive-skewered party picks (ends balanced on the rim of glass) and with some of the pickled string beans.