Cocktails and Movies “12 Day of Christmas Cocktails” #8: 8 Maids a Milking Bloody Mary

by Tim Barley

On the 8th day of Christmas, eight maids a milking brought me a Holiday Bloody Mary…

Cocktails and Movies 12 days of christmas cocktails - eight maids a milking bloody maryOnly four more after this! We’re already at cocktail #8! And while senior writer Mike is again caught up in some holiday stuff so I found a great cocktail that you can make for those lazy days with a nice breakfast and a movie while snuggled in on your couch. Following our “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” which we’ve presented so far, Seven Swans a Swimming Cocktail, Six White Russian Egg Creams, Fiii-ive Irish Golds, Four BlackBirds, Three French Martinis, Two Turtle Dove Cocktails and a Cranberry-Pear Bellini, we stick to  my favorite libation, vodka once again!

I’m not a big fan of Bloody Mary’s. If I’m going to drink at breakfast, I’ll go straight for beer (or bloody beer), or just hit the hard stuff and coast the rest of the day. But, this one looks very good, if I don’t say so myself! It’s strong and might be that special cocktail needed to wake up from Saturday’s festivities. It comes from Shape Magazine and their “fit foodies” section. Enjoy, my friends, as we approach the second to last weekend of the year 2013. I give you the Eight Bloody Mary Maids-a-Milking:

8 Maids-aMilking Bloody Mary


  • 1 oz Russian Standard Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Lucid Absinthe
  • 1/2 oz cucumber water
  • Splash lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 muddled cherry tomatoes
  • Black pepper and sea salt rim (optional)


  • Muddle tomatoes in bottom of a shaker. Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass rimmed with black pepper and sea salt.
  • Cucumber water – Peel cucumber and leave soaking in water for 2-4 days. Strain particles out with a cheesecloth and retain the liquid.
  • Simple syrup – Combine 1 teaspoon (packet) of Splenda with luke warm water. Stir until dissolved.

This is a great idea for those lazy Sundays or because we were hammered with an ice storm last night  (and now snow today), a great cocktail to stay in and sip with your breakfast and watch movies!

Enjoy this cocktail and remember: never watch bad movies unless you have a great cocktail. And don’t drink and drive.