Lavish Libations Series: The Green Jacket

IMG_3509.JPGAre you watching The Masters this weekend?  Or, are you actually attending it?  You might even be playing in it.  No matter.  What are you drinking while watching?

Since it starts in the morning Sunday, the final day, I thought a Bloody Mary, which pairs well with the famous pimento cheese sandwiches served at The Masters.

But, why not make it a green Bloody Mary to tie in the prized green jacket, worn by the final winner?  (Sound effects here!)

IMG_3488.JPGTo a blender, add 3 tomatillos.IMG_3489.JPGOne roughly-chopped bell pepper…IMG_3491.JPGOne shallot….IMG_3492.JPGOne peeled and roughly-chopped cucumber….IMG_3493.JPGOne clove of garlic….IMG_3494.JPGThe juice of 2 limes…..IMG_3495.JPGOne tablespoon of fresh cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.

Blend well.IMG_3496.JPGTo a glass of ice, add desired amount of vodka.  I prefer to use Absolut Peppar in mine.IMG_3497.JPGIMG_3498.JPGAnd fill glass with mixture.IMG_3499.JPGOptional:  add hot sauce, worcestshire sauce, and lemon juice.IMG_3501.JPGGarnish freely. IMG_3500.JPG

Recipe:

(makes approximately 4 drinks)

3 tomatillos

1 green tomato

1 clove of garlic

1 cucumber, peeled and roughly-chopped

1 shallot

1 green bell pepper, roughly-chopped

juice of 2 limes

salt and pepper to taste

optional:  lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce

Put in blender.  Add mixture and vodka to a glass of ice.IMG_3507.JPG

A few fun facts about The Masters:

The tradition of wearing the green jacket dates back to 1937, when the jackets were purchased from Brooks Uniform Company New York.  The idea was for people to easily identify members who had accurate information.

President Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower was the only president ever a member of Augusta Country Club.  Ike’s Pond occupies three acres at hole number 9 on the par-3 course.

Each hole is named after the flower that adorns it.  Hole number one is called “Tea Olive,” originally named “Cherokee Rose.”

The Champions Dinner is held for members of the Masters Club, those who have won the Masters Tournament, and is hosted by the defending champion the Tuesday of Masters Week.

The golf course was originally a plant nursery named “Fruitland Nurseries.”

The three famous bridges on the course are:

1.Hogan Bridge, dedicated to Ben Hogan in 1958.

2.Nelson Bridge, dedicated to Byron Nelson also in 1958.

3.Sarazen Bridge, the first bridge named for a player, Gene Sarazen, in 1955.

The Masters was not played from 1943-1945 due to the war efforts.  The land instead was use to raise cattle and turkeys for war efforts

The big oak tree in front of the clubhouse on the course side is approximately 150 years old.

In 1949, the first green jacket was awarded to Sam Snead.

The Masters was originally called the “Augusta National Invitational” but was changed to its present name, “The Masters Tournament, “in 1939.

Here are some great ideas if you are hosting The Masters this year.  And, I love this pimento cheese recipe and this one.

So, cheers!

Who are you rooting for this year?

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

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