Red Snapper
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Red Snapper
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The Red Snapper is a cocktail that can be seen as the gin-based cousin to the classic Bloody Mary. It's a savory drink that combines the botanical notes of dry ... more The Red Snapper is a cocktail that can be seen as the gin-based cousin to the classic Bloody Mary. It's a savory drink that combines the botanical notes of dry gin with the robust flavors of tomato juice, creating a complex yet harmonious profile. The addition of lemon juice adds a citrusy acidity that brightens the cocktail, while seasoning with pepper, Tabasco sauce, salt, and Worcestershire sauce gives it a spicy and umami depth. Typically served in a highball glass, the Red Snapper offers a zesty and refreshing experience with a spicy kick, making it an ideal choice for a brunch cocktail or a restorative pick-me-up.
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Base ingredient
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Dry gin
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12.31% | 2.4 units *

Method
How to make a Red Snapper

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds
Strain into a highball glass and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Highball  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Red Snapper cocktail?

The Red Snapper is considered to be the original name for what is now more commonly known as the Bloody Mary. It was reportedly first created in the early 1930s at the St. Regis Hotel in New York by bartender Fernand Petiot. The name 'Red Snapper' was initially used because the original name, Bloody Mary, was deemed too vulgar for the hotel's elegant clientele.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to combine the ingredients for a Red Snapper?

The best way to combine the ingredients for a Red Snapper is by adding all the ingredients — lemon juice, pepper, Tabasco sauce, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and dry gin — into a shaker with ice. Shake well until the mixture is chilled, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. This method ensures a well-mixed cocktail with a balanced flavor profile.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How can I garnish a Red Snapper to enhance its presentation?

A Red Snapper can be garnished with a variety of items to enhance its presentation. Traditional garnishes include a celery stick and a lemon wedge to add a refreshing crunch and a citrus note. For a more elaborate presentation, consider adding a skewer of olives, a pickled onion, or even a cooked shrimp. A sprinkle of ground paprika or smoked salt on the rim of the glass can also add a decorative and flavorful touch.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

If I don't have dry gin, what can I use as a substitute in a Red Snapper?

If you don't have dry gin, a common substitute in a Red Snapper is vodka, which maintains the cocktail's spirit-forward character without dramatically altering its flavor profile. For a non-alcoholic version, you can omit the alcohol entirely and add a bit more tomato juice or use a non-alcoholic gin alternative to replicate the gin's botanical notes.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What types of food pair well with a Red Snapper cocktail?

The savory and spicy flavors of a Red Snapper cocktail pair well with a variety of foods. Seafood dishes, particularly oysters and shrimp, complement the cocktail’s briny and tangy notes. It also pairs well with brunch foods like eggs Benedict, bacon, and avocado toast. For those preferring vegetarian options, a classic grilled cheese sandwich or a Caesar salad can beautifully complement the Red Snapper's complex flavors.

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