The Seasonings Price: $2.00-2.50 for a 2-ounce pouch (pictured above); $7.50-8.50 for an 8-ounce bottle. Larger restaurant sizes available also. How to Use: Add 1-2 teaspoons to plain tomato juice (and vodka or other spirit) to make a single cocktail. To serve a crowd, add 1 shot glass' worth to 1 quart tomato juice. Demitri's website also lists recipes for pulled pork sandwiches, deviled eggs, and marinated shrimp seasoned with the mixes.
- Classic Recipe - a blend of Worcestershire, black pepper, red pepper, lemon juice, horseradish, and garlic. Nicely balanced to achieve that classic restaurant-style taste.
- Chilies and Peppers - a spicy-sweet blend with mild jalaño heat. This was one of my favorites.
- Extra Horseradish - mild horseradish taste without the chunky texture. (I actually found myself missing those grainy horseradish bits.)
- Chipotle-Habañero - Smoky heat.
The Rimming Salts Price: $7.95 for a 4-ounce tin RimShot Rim Salt - made with red and black Hawaiian sea salts, alder-smoked sea salt, celery salt, and black pepper. I especially enjoyed this one. When used to garnish a Bloody Mary made with the Classic Recipe Seasoning, it makes a really nice drink. Bacon RimShot - made with BaconSalt, a proprietary salt with a hickory-smoked, bacon-like flavor (vegetarian-friendly). I found this one a little strong for my liking - almost distracting me from the actual cocktail. But I'm intrigued about trying it out with food. Maybe sprinkled on a baked potato, or a pinch here or there to lend a bacon-y taste to a soup or stew. The Verdict Pros:
- Nicely balanced flavors
- Easy to use - measure out a teaspoon or two for a single drink or a full ounce for a quart of mix to serve a crowd
- Seasoning strength is customizable - you can add more or less seasoning according to personal taste
- Can mix with different types of vegetable juices: V8, Clamato, organic brands, homemade, etc.
- Doesn't spoil quickly - once opened, the seasonings have a much longer fridge life than a jug of Bloody Mary mix would
- Not just a Bloody Mary "unitasker." The Demitri's website lists plenty of culinary applications for both the seasonings and the salts.
- High-fructose corn syrup (Although, to be fair, this comes from the Worcester sauce used as a base ingredient in the seasoning - mix up your own version from "scratch" using commercial Worcestershire sauce, and you'll end up with the same thing.)
- The 2-ounce pouches are awkward to store once opened. Unless you're just trying the product out, as I was, 8-ounce bottles seem like the practical way to go.