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Zero Waste Bloody Mary Recipe

Zero Waste Bloody Mary Recipe With A From Scratch Tomato Juice and PAU Maui Vodka 

If you all didn’t know this by now…. I’m kind of a tree hugger and proudly so! I drive a Prius, and I always try to shop local, organic, and non-GMO, I recycle everything and reuse whatever I can. I use reusable water and coffee mugs and I bring my reusable shopping bags everywhere! I also got my bachelor’s degree in Green and Sustainable Enterprise Management!

By no means is my life completely zero waste, but I wanted to create this Zero Waste Bloody Mary Recipe as an inspiration for those who want to take steps towards being more environmentally friendly. If we all take a lot of little steps, we can make a BIG impact.

 If you want to take steps towards being zero waste, you can do several little things that actually will save you money as well!

·           Use a water filter - eliminate the use of and purchase of plastic water bottles

·           Buy a stainless-steel straw or use bamboo or paper straws

·           Use reusable shopping bags. In CA it’s 10 cents per plastic bag

·           Save vegetable scraps in the freezer to make soup stalk, gravies, or sauces

·           Use reusable coffee mugs and water bottles, you can have your favorite coffee shop fill them up instead of a plastic to-go container, lots of places give you a discount for doing so

·           Buy things like coffee, nuts, candy etc in bulk and use cloth bags instead of plastic (they sell these at Sprouts) and typically those foods are cheaper when you buy in bulk

The day prior to mixing the Zero Waste Bloody Mary Recipe, I made the from-scratch tomato juice, so it had time to chill in the refrigerator and the flavors had time to stew. HERE is the full recipe. The remaining ingredients were added in a “made-to-order” fashion once I was ready to mix the bloody marys.

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I added a habanero pepper to the tomato juice recipe to make it spicy but if you don’t prefer spicy then you can leave it out. This recipe makes the cocktail tomato forward but if you like a bloody mary/tomato juice that is more vegetable-forward like V8 you can add an extra stalk of celery, an extra carrot, and some added onion. That’s the best part about making it from scratch; you can play with and experiment with the ingredients to make it exactly how you like!

For the entire zero waste recipe, I would suggest getting all your produce at the farmers market or from your garden because there is less chance there will be stickers or bands on the produce. If that is unavoidable then do you best at the grocery store! Again, this recipe is to serve as an inspiration towards moving closer to zero waste! If you need further guidance on how to make this bloody mary recipe zero waste follow these tips:

•           Recycle PAU Maui vodka bottle, Worcestershire sauce bottle, sea salt bottle. Or get creative and rinse and clean out after use and reuse the bottles for something fun like storage or a vase

•           Freeze and save vegetable ends to use for soup stalk this fall/winter

•           After boiling the tomato juice ingredients put them in the composter

•           Use lemon and lime scraps in your garbage disposal. It’s a great way to freshen up those stinky disposals

For the Zero Waste Bloody Mary Recipe, I wanted to work with a vodka brand that aligned with the values of myself and the recipe. That’s why I collaborated with PAU Maui Vodka! PAU Maui Vodka is a seed-to-bottle vodka distilled and made from Hawaii’s pineapples and Hawaiian spring water! In addition to their sustainable distilling practices, PAU Maui is also involved in sustainable initiatives like beach clean-ups and a global coalition to fight plastic pollution.

The Zero Waste Bloody Mary Recipe I collaborated with PAU Maui Vodka with is incredibly smooth and refreshing, delicious, and eco-friendly! With every sip, you can taste the impact you are making and how even the smallest steps can make a big difference! I hope this recipe will serve as an inspiration to live closer to a zero-waste lifestyle!

Ingredients - Tomato Juice Recipe

5 pounds assortment of tomatoes chopped (mostly vine-ripe but you can add some assortment as long as they don’t come in packaging)

1 celery stalk chopped

1 carrot chopped

1/4 white onion chopped

1 habanero chili pepper

A small handful of fresh parsley

2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt (make sure it comes in a glass bottle so it can be recycled)

Get the full recipe and directions HERE

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Bloody Mary Mix Recipe

8oz from scratch Bloody Mary mix

1.5oz PAU Maui Vodka

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon of freshly grated horseradish

Juice from 1/4 of a lime

Juice from 1/2 of a lemon

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1.          One day prior, make you from scratch zero waste tomato juice. Get the full recipe HERE.

2.          Fill a glass with ice

3.          In a shaker, combine 8oz tomato juice, 1.5oz PAU Maui vodka, and remaining ingredients; shake for 8 seconds until evenly mixed

4.          Pour the bloody mary mix into your glass, garnish with a celery stalk

*sip & enjoy and please drink responsibly!

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