Drink of the Month: The BTP Bloody Mary

Drink of the Month: The BTP Bloody Mary

It’s a leap year, which means you get an extra day to enjoy February’s incredible Cocktail of the Month. This month we’re featuring the BTP Bloody Mary created by James Beard Award-winning author Brad Thomas Parsons. Parson’s asked Demitri Pallis, owner & founder of Demitri’s Gourmet Seasonings to talk about the best time of day to drink a Bloody Mary (they agree it’s best before sunset) and whether over-the-top garnishes belong on a Bloody (you’ll have to read the article for Demitri’s hot take). 

Parsons’s namesake Bloody replaces vodka with aquavit, a Scandinavian spirit produced since the 15th century. Aquavit is flavored with herbs like caraway and dill, adding great complementary flavors to your Bloody Mary mix. Parson’s favors the incomparable flavor of Krogstad Aquavit, from House Spirits’ Founder, Christian Krogstad.

The Meet Demitri’s Kit bundles all of the ingredients you need (and plenty more for all the upcoming recipes of the month!). Easy, peasy—just like making an amazing Bloody at home should be. This kit includes a bottle of all four Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings (Classic, Extra Horseradish, Chilies & Peppers, and Chipotle Habanero), Original and Bacon Rimshot Rim Salt, pepperoni straws, and a sample of Margarita Rimshot Rim Salt just for fun.

BTP Bloody Mary 
by Brad Thomas Parsons

BTP Bloody Mary


For the rim:

For the drink:


  1. Gently moisten the rim of a 12-16 ounce glass with the lemon wedge, then press into a saucer of Demitri’s Original Rimshot Rim Salt.
  2. Combine the aquavit, tomato juice, and Demitri’s Classic Recipe All-Natural Bloody Mary Seasoning in a shaker tin. Roll the ingredients back and forth into another shaker tin several times to combine. 
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared glass filled with ice. 
  4. Garnish with skewered cured meats and fresh and pickled vegetables, along with a lemon wedge, celery stalk, and freshly grated horseradish.
  5. Serve the Bloody Mary with a Demitri’s Pepperoni Straw and a three-ounce beer chaser.