Lovage Bloody Mary

Makes 2 quarts


Ingredients:

1½ cups vodka

6 cups tomato juice

½ cup lemon or lime juice

4 tsp grated horseradish, fresh or preserved in vinegar

2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp hot red pepper sauce

1 tsp sugar

3 large, fresh lovage stalks with leaves


Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, bruising the lovage by hand as you put it in.


Let steep for 20 minutes, then remove the lovage.


Serve over ice, with a small lovage stalk in each glass if desired.


Oster, Maggie, Gilbertie, Sal. The Herbal Palate Cookbook: Pownal, VT: Storey Communications, 1996.