The London Larder: Bloody Bens Bloody Mary Mix
We've searched the far reaches of the capital to bring you the very best of London's artisanal produce – this time it's Bloody Bens Bloody Mary Mix, from purveyors of banging burgers Ben's Canteen
What's the product?
A good bloody mary is no mean feat – it requires a keen eye for balancing flavour, a reasonably extensive spice and sauce collection to draw from when you're concocting it, and a willingness to achieve the above while you're (presumably) hungover. If that all sounds too much like hard work, this spicy and punchy bloody mary mix, in a 330ml bottle, will make 13 drinks. The recipe for Ben's perfect bloody mary is on the back of the bottle, and to get it off the ground, all you need to do is add some vodka of your choice, fresh lemon juice, tomato juice, ice and a garnish. Bish, bash, bosh, sorted – and maybe just a few sips away from feeling relatively human again.
Who makes it?
Ben Walton, the restaurateur behind Clapham and Earlsfield's Ben's Canteen. Having conquered South West London's burgers and brunch market (and with a new restaurant on the way at the Battersea Power Station development), Walton decided to make the recipe for his famous bloody marys into a product his customers could take home, and Bloody Bens was born.
What does it taste like?
It makes a very savoury bloody mary, with an almost gazpacho-like freshness and a big smack of Worcestershire sauce up front, as well as loads of oregano in the finish. It's an extremely reliable mix that won't let you down, but has bundles of character, too. We'll have another, guv. Thanks.
Where can I get it?
All Ben's Canteen restaurants stock the stuff, so you can grab a burger while you score your next fix. Alternatively, head to bloodybens.com to buy it online for £7.99, or to see the list of other stockists if you just can't wait.
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