First off I want to say that this is a non-alcoholic appetizer!Â However, feel free to add some vodka for a take on a bloody mary.Â Keith and I had these out one night at Reef (a restaurant in Houston) and I wanted to recreate my own version of it using a little less vinegar.Â This is a perfect appetizer for any dinner party because it can be made ahead, assembled prior to your guests arriving and has fantastic presentation!Â Serves 6 as shown, generally 1 – 2 is enough per person, but Keith and I shot down 3 each since we werenâ€™t having a dinner party!Â You may want to make more for a dinner party because they can be addictive!
1/2 cup of Calmata juice
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 -2 dashes of tobacco sauce more or less depending on your preference
Pinch of granulated sugar
Dash of kosher salt
6 pieces of shrimp peeled and deveined leaving tail intact as a handle
1/4 of a cucumber peeled and very finely minced (you will need about 1/2 teaspoon per glass more or less depending on your preference)
1 small celery stick, cleaned and very finely minced (you will need about 1/2 teaspoon per glass more or less depending on your preference)
2 fresh chive stems, cleaned and very finely minced (you will need only 1/8 of teaspoon per glass more or less depending on your preference)
Make juice by combining all ingredients in a medium measuring cup or a cup that has a pouring spout and refrigerate so it is chilled when served. In a medium pot add water, bring to a boil and add shrimp.Â Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until pink and tail has curled.Â Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your shrimp.Â Add shrimp to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled.Â Prepare the garnish items, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.Â Once ready to serve assembly by adding about 3 tablespoons of juice to a shot glass, add about 1/2 teaspoon of the cucumbers and celery, about 1/8 of a teaspoon of the chives and top with shrimp as shown. Â Serve immediately.Â If wanting to add vodka pour it in to taste when adding juice to shot glasses.Â When â€œshootingâ€ these dip the shrimp into the juice, have a bite of shrimp, a swig of juice and repeat the process!
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