A LITTLE BS (BULL
SHOT THAT IS) FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
been brought to my attention that we don’t change our drink recipes
quite often enough. This may be because we like to do things with a bit
more panache than the other guys. There are countless sources which can
turn any neophyte with a cocktail shaker into an overnight bartender.
But there a very few sources of proper mixology that include the
colorful anecdotes and life changing insights that are attached to each
and every one of our officially certified recipes.
That’s one possible explanation.
The other is that we are inattentive, irresponsible, lackadaisical and
just plain slapdash about the whole damn affair.
Whichever explanation you choose, here is a short tale and hearty
recipe to carry you through those chilly winter evenings.
THE BULL SHOT
My introduction to this meal in a glass was during a frosty February
afternoon in New York City many years ago. I had provided
transportation into Manhattan to some friends who were attending a
ballet which I opted out of. So while they were enjoying the comfy
seats at Lincoln Center, I went off in search of a good tavern. Sadly,
I must admit with all due respect and appreciation of Mikhail’s
undeniable talent, when faced with the choice of Baryshnikov or a
barstool, the latter won out.
My wanderings through the cold urban canyons transported me to, what is
arguably one of the best bars on the continent, P. J. Clarke’s
Avenue. Now I could go on for another thousand words venerating the
joint; but I’ll save that literary undertaking for another time.
Anyway, I stepped up to the bar, and the bartender realizing my
distress with the elements said in a fine Dublin brogue, “Lad can I fix
you a little something special to warm your weary bones?” I gladly
deferred to his superior judgment.
THE BULL SHOT
1 1/2 oz vodka
3 oz beef broth or bouillon
dash of Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste
celery salt (optional)
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
Garnish with lime
cocktail is essentially a Bloody Mary that uses beef broth
instead of tomato juice, so most likely any ingredients that
you prefer in your Bloody Mary will work well in your Bull
Shot. I personally recommend the addition of ½ oz of Rose’s Lime
to the mix. During exceptionally harsh days you might even try drinking