Friday, March 25, 2016

Art in the Blood with a Bloody Mary

Today on Drinks with Reads we're matching Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird with the perfect drink: the Bloody Mary salad.

Art in the Blood is written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and features Holmes and Watson as characters. If you are longing for more Sherlock, this is your pastiche. 

Here's a little bit about the book:

"Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. 
Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man. 
Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft. 
This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson's friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes' own artistic nature to the limits."

The Drink
We matched Art in the Blood to the Bloody Mary because of the beautiful color complexity of the drink. We added lots of vegetables and bacon for garnish to act as red herrings.

Here's the recipe:

36 ounces tomato juice 
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco to taste
1 1/2 cups vodka
Celery heart, olives, bacon, cucumber, onions, etc for garnish


In a large pitcher, combine the ingredients except the vodka, mix well. Add the vodka and chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Pick whatever fabulous vegetables you want to add in.


  1. This cover photo is awesome! I want to go to that restaurant, read the book at my table, and sit a Bloody Mary. I own this book already and just scootched it up closer to the top of the pile.