A Dill Straw for Your Bloody Mary

I'm recommending another good mystery series here, and though this one, Murder on the Ile Sordou, is fourth in the progression by M.L. Longworth, you might want to start with an earlier book, perhaps Murder in the Rue Dumas.  The first in her series, Death at the Chateau Bremont didn't get as good a review, though I did enjoy it enough to get the next one.

I especially loved her evocative descriptions of a stunningly beautiful island off the coast of Marseilles.  The whole ambiance made me want to book a trip and stay in the hotel described, sadly though I know it doesn't exist. But maybe one like it??

Some privileged guests, among them a French film star have come for the grand opening.  The plot proceeds to thicken, with Longworth's investigative duo, Judge Antoine Verlaque and his lady love, law professor Marine Bonnet along for the ride.  They are on what is supposed to be an idyllic, relaxing vacation.

All the characters are very well fleshed out, and original.  As well, the food and wine descriptions are just too tasty.  On this remote island in the Mediterranean Sea, Hoteliers, Maxime and Catherine Le Bon have spent their life savings beautifully restoring the hotel.  They have also secured an ambitious young chef, Emile, for their kitchen, one who goes foraging for local wild herbs and plants.  And the varied, inspired menus have us wanting to try his wonderful creations.  He served the guests a starter that would be great with my drink: A Goat Cheese Crème Brûlée with Caramelized Onions.  Oh yes!

The bartender/sommelier, Serge, is another interesting character.  We are told in the opening sentence about him, that he loves Bloody Marys.  And that folks, is what I am presently serving up.  However the real inspiration came when I was clipping some dill for a batch of pickles, and discovered their stems are hollow, and make perfectly lovely straws.  Then we needed to make a drink featuring one of those dill straws. They are sooo cute. Another point in their favor is that they don't swell up to the point of closing flow off, before you have finished your drink, like some of the replacements, currently being used.  I've had that happen, and in a pretty high end restaurant.  Another example of American suffering.

                                Claudia's Bloody Mary
8 oz. (about) Knudsen's organic Very Veggie Juice
2 measures vodka
squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a slice of lemon
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
about 6 drops of Tabasco
a dash of salt (taste and see if needed)

Put the slice of lemon and 2-3 ice cubes in a tall glass, add the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, lemon juice about 4 twists of the black pepper mill and a pinch of salt.  Stir up, add your Veggie juice and vodka and stir again.  Garnish with a celery stick and or sprig of dill.  Enjoy!

Not being a purist, you'll notice, as I'm using a V-8 type juice instead of tomato.  For me anyway, it tastes much better.  As an afterthought, I'm going to rinse the straws, and let them dry, then save to see if they'll be usable later.  I'm sending this concoction over to Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking event and to Heather for May's edition of the Foodies Read Challenge.  Check out some good food and reading suggestions.


Beth F said...

I listened to the first one in this series and always meant to get back to it. I think a new one just came out (or is about to come out?). YOu can't go wrong with a good Bloody Mary ... humm, tomorrow is Sunday and it might be perfect with brunch. And dill straws is a brilliant idea!

Mae Travels said...

Using hollow-stemmed dill as a straw is an idea of genius! I used to buy Knudsen’s juices, but I found that Trader Joe’s were totally similar in taste and quality, and much less expensive. If you read the ingredients list on Knudsen's fruit juice you will find that no matter what it’s called (apricot? berry?...) the main ingredient is apple juice, which I always found a repugnant commercial practice.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Claudia said...

Mae, I checked the ingredients on this Very Veggie juice bottle, and it's all organic veggies, and herbs, no sugar or apple juice (not that I have anything against apple juice, as it's preferable to excess sugar). I think you pay a bit more for organic, and excellent taste too.

jama said...

Oh my, the book sounds delicious as does this cocktail. I can see my life will not be complete until I drink through a hollow stemmed dill straw.

Carole said...

Haven't heard of this one. Thanks Cheers from Carole's chatter

Deb in Hawaii said...

Looks like a great book and that dill stem straw is just brilliant! I am curious to see if they can be stored and used!

Tina said...

Very creative way to make a straw, that's a beauty of a Bloody Mary. Count me in. I like Bloody Caesars too.

Thanks for mentioning the series as this sounds like one I could enjoy. I'm an armchair traveler.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book, and your clever idea to use dill as a straw!

Have a great week

A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

Sounds like a great series Claudia.

Debra Eliotseats said...

Sounds entertaining and mysterious, Claudia. Love the dill in the cocktail!