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What's the recipe for Houston's Bloody Mary and other big Atlanta food questions, answered

Last week, you asked your burning questions about the Atlanta dining scene and AJC food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras answered them.

Why aren't spinalis steaks on more restaurant menus? What's the next happening veggie? Can you get the recipe for Houston's Bloody Mary? Check out the video below for the answers to these questions and several more (and scroll down for the Bloody Mary recipe).

Get more answers to your questions about the Atlanta dining scene — in the AJC Fall Dining Guide 2017: Burning Questions

The Kickstart

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  • 2 oz. vodka or tequila
  • 6 oz. Kickstart Mix (recipe follows)
  • 2 dashes red Tabasco sauce



  • Stir Kickstart Mix
  • Shake liquor and Kickstart Mix with ice, 4 quick vigorous shakes (DO NOT OVERSHAKE)
  • Strain into a chilled juice glass
  • Add 2 dashes Tabasco, do not mix
  • Garnish with a lime wedge


Kickstart Mix

(Yield: 8 cocktails)


  • 46 oz. Low Sodium V8 vegetable juice
  • 2 Tbsp. horseradish (prepared)
  • 1 Tbsp. Ding’s pickle relish (individual bottles for sale at Houston’s)
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt



  • Combine ingredients together, mix well with wire whisk



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