These Ultimat Bloody Mary’s Complete Any Super Bowl Brunch

Ultimat Heat Mary,  Photo provided courtesy of Ulimat Vodka, www.ultimatvodka.com. Recipe created by Chef Dave Martin on behalf of Ultimat Vodka.

Ultimat Heat Mary,
Photo provided courtesy of Ultimat Vodka, http://www.ultimatvodka.com. Recipe created by Chef Dave Martin on behalf of Ultimat Vodka.

Most people know that vodka is made by the distillation of fermented substances  including potatoes but wheat, rye and potato? Turns out Ultimat, a relative newcomer, is the only vodka created through a distillation of these three ingredients.

The unique combination of the two grains and potato give this ultra-premium luxury spirit a subtle taste, smooth texture and rich complexity uncommon in most vodkas. It’s stilled in Poland, long considered the birthplace of vodka. And, if you’re a history buff like I am, you may appreciate leaning that production of Polish vodka dates back to the 15th century when it was known as “okowita” or “water of life.”

Today, Poland is Europe’s leading producer of potatoes and rye, as more than half the land in the country is dedicated to agriculture. The most fertile and mineral-rich soil there can be found in West-Central Poland, particularly in the Wielkopolska region, from where most of Ultimat’s wheat, rye and potato are sourced.

The process for creating the vodka for Ultimat begins with milling the grains then steam cooking them to produce a mash for fermentation. Once fermented, the mash is distilled in a column still, then passed through a copper filtration system four times before the alcohol content is reduced to its final level of 80 proof (40 percent alcohol by volume) using purified water. Once distilled, the last step is bottling.

With Super Bowl Sunday around the corner, our thoughts head to the food, including brunch. What brunch is complete without a good Bloody Mary? Chef Dave Martin, a Top Chef alum and accomplished chef in his own right, teamed up with Ultimat Vodka to create these three Bloody Mary recipes.

Promise me that you’ll let me know how these turn out if you make them? I’m going to, ahem, “taste test” them this weekend so I’m ready for the Super Bowl!

ULTIMAT HEAT 

Yields Four 2 oz Shot Glass

Cocktail Formula-

2 oz Ultimat Vodka

4 oz Clamato Juice

2 oz Fire Roasted Tomatoes

1 Roasted Garlic Clove

½ tsp Fresh Lime Juice

1/8 tsp Kosher Salt

1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

½ tsp Agave

Garnish:  1 each- 5 inch Bamboo Skewer; 1 roasted Large Shrimp; 1 piece Lemon Rind and 1 piece asparagus

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and pour into shot glass. Set garnish across the top of the glass and serve.

Ultimat Smokin Hot Mary,  Photo provided courtesy of Ulimat Vodka, www.ultimatvodka.com. Recipe created by Chef Dave Martin on behalf of Ultimat Vodka.

Ultimat Smokin Hot Mary,
Photo provided courtesy of Ultimat Vodka, http://www.ultimatvodka.com. Recipe created by Chef Dave Martin on behalf of Ultimat Vodka.

SMOKIN’ HOT MARY

2 oz Ultimat Vodka

14 oz Yellow Tomatoes (cored and blended)

½ tsp Buffalo or Red Hot Sauce

½ tsp Fresh Horseradish

½ tsp Red Chili Garlic Sauce (Sriracha)

½ tsp Granulated Sugar

1/8 tsp Celery Seed

½ tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp Fresh Lime Juice

½ tsp Kosher Salt

1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Garnish:  1 each- 4 inch Bamboo Skewer; 1 piece Baby Corn; 1 chicken wing

Dave’s Sweet & Sassy Smokehouse Rub for rim (sub with your favorite smokey bbq rub)

Using your food processor, blender or immersion blender you will need to blend the fresh tomatoes until they become a puree. Then add the remaining ingredients into a shaker or stir in a pitcher. Dampen the rim of your Pint Glass and gently coat with the Smokey Rub and then fill with ice and your cocktail mixture. Rest skewered garnish into Pint Glass and serve. 

Ultimat Captain Mary,  Photo provided courtesy of Ulimat Vodka, www.ultimatvodka.com. Recipe created by Chef Dave Martin on behalf of Ultimat Vodka.

Ultimat Captain Mary,
Photo provided courtesy of Ultimat Vodka, http://www.ultimatvodka.com. Recipe created by Chef Dave Martin on behalf of Ultimat Vodka.

CAPTAIN MARY

Yields One 10 oz Highball Glass

2 oz Ultimat Vodka

4 oz of your Favorite Tomato Juice

2 oz Heirloom Tomatoes

½ tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

1 tsp Red Chili Sauce(sambal olek)

¼ tsp Fresh Horseradish

¼ tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/8 tsp Celery Seed

1/8 tsp Celery Salt

1/8 tsp Kosher Salt

1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1/8 tsp Tabasco Sauce

Garnish:  1 Marinated Artichoke Heart; 1 Peppedew Pepper; 1 roasted large shrimp or Lobster Claw

Other suggestions: 1 piece Marinated Bocconcini (stuff this into the center of the peppedew pepper), 1 Roasted Garlic Clove

Blend all ingredients along with ice in a shaker or pitcher and then pour over ice cubes into Highball glass. Serve with skewered garnish resting on glass and serve immediately.

Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to 10best.com which is part of the USA Today Travel family and TravelingMom.com as Foodie TravelingMom among other print magazines and online media outlets.

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