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Weekly Toast: This is not your usual Bloody Mary

Published March 2, 2010 5:55 pm

Ruth's Diner updates a classic cocktail with Absolut Peppar vodka, and hints of green bell peppers and jalapeños.
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Ever wonder if you're missing out on the newest wine, cocktail or micro-brewed beer? In this column, we ask a Utah expert for a recommendation. This week we talked to:

Erika Nelson » General manager of Ruth's Diner, about the diner's famous Ruth's Bloody Mary.

What makes it interesting? » Nelson says Ruth's Bloody Mary is not your traditional Bloody Mary. This Bloody Mary's got mild-to-medium heat. Nelson likes her Bloody Marys updated by using Absolut Peppar vodka, with hints of green bell peppers and jalapeños.

Best food pairing » Ruth's Bloody Marys go particularly well with the diner's salmon salad with greens, almonds, red onions and capers; or the Chinese chicken salad with teriyaki chicken, rice noodles, olives, red peppers, bean sprouts, mushrooms, water chestnuts, green onions, mandarin oranges and snow peas in ginger sesame oil dressing.

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A toast to Ruth

A Ruth's Bloody Mary with Smirnoff vodka costs $6; with Absolut Peppar or Kettle One vodka, $7.

Beginning near the end of April or the start of May, each Saturday and Sunday Ruth's offers a Bloody Mary bar replete with pickled items such as jalapeños, asparagus, cocktail olives, green beans and okra. It'll cost you an additional 50 cents to belly up to this bar to garnish your Bloody Mary.

Ruth's Diner, 4160 Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City; 801-582-5807. Open Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit, http://www.ruthsdiner.com.

Ruth's Bloody Mary

Though this recipe is missing three key ingredients that make Ruth's Bloody Mary irresistible, the list of ingredients would make quite a lovely drink.

V-8 vegetable juice

Smirnoff, Absolut Peppar or Kettle One vodka

Celery salt

Onion salt

Lemon juice

Dijon mustard

Horseradish

Worcestershire sauce

Garlic powder

Black pepper

Cholula hot sauce

Tabasco pepper sauce

Tabasco Green pepper sauce

Lemon wedge for garnish

Lime wedge for garnish

Celery stalk for garnish

Stuffed olives for garnish