Bloody good drink



LES Palmer had always loved a good Heart Starter or Bloody Mary, but was frustrated that he could not make them perfect every time - so the passionate drinker mixed up his own solution.

After working as a bartender in America and making Bloody Marys for 30 years, the Woongarra farmer said he "saw how hard it was to make a good drink consistenly".

Preparation of the cocktail can be crucial, as too much or little of an ingredient can ruin it, and many bartenders guard their secret recipes.

"The Bundy Bloody Mary is made to a particular formula which ensures that it should be good every time and should please around 95% of people," he said.

The cocktail mix was rigorously tested with the Queensland government Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries innovative food technologies, so he had to please the laboratory food testers as well as Bloody Mary lovers.

Mr Palmer said his special formula included a total of "18 specially-blended ingredients to give you a real kick"and included "premium juice tomatoes from Victoria, American Tabasco and British Worcestershire sauces, Malaysian black peppers, tamarind, garlic and lemon juice".

And drinkers, who like their Bloody Marys with a kick, just need to add vodka.

The Bundy Bloody Mary is available through the Bundy Tavern and all Cellarbrations liquor outlets for $4.99 per litre bottle.

The Bloody Mary was invented in Paris in 1921 by American bartender Fernand Petiot.



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