Bellocq and Brunch: Caravan Mary Rides Again

Bellocq's twist on the traditional Bloody Mary adds an edge of smokey goodness to the beloved brunch tipple.  The markets are loaded with amazing pickles, turnips, okra, spicy beans…these days. We skewer a myriad of delicious nibbles and into our Caravan Mary's they go. 

Mary I of England

Makes 2 cocktails / recipe may be doubled and tripled. 

        ounces tomato juice 
    4     ounces vodka or tequila blanco 
        ounces strongly brewed No.54 Gypsy Caravan tea, cooled 
    2     teaspoons prepared horseradish, or to taste 
        teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, or to taste 
    1/2  teaspoon chipotle in adobo sauce, or a few dashes of tobasco to taste
        teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste 
           Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper 

Garnish suggestions: Pickled turnips, spicy beans, celery heart stalks and leaves, Rick's Pick's Smokra, beef jerky, caper berries, lemon wedges or olives

1. Stir together the tomato juice, vodka, No.54 Gypsy Caravan tea, horseradish, Worcestershire, chipotle or tobasco, and lemon juice in a serving pitcher. 
2. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust as necessary. 
3. Fill two highball glasses with ice; divide mixture between glasses. Top with an extra crack of pepper. 
4. Load up the glasses with garnishes and serve.