So, I had this thought to do some shrimp cocktails for a small group of ladies that came to my house for a cabi party. Call out to Ms. Ginger Etcheson my cabi consultant. If you aren’t familiar with cabi, you should check it out. Quality clothing, shown in private homes so all women can try it on and have fun! Anyway… I digress. So, it turned out we were having a small group and I was wanting to do something different and special for appetizers with a twist, so I thought, why not put all the ingredients that go into shrimp cocktails into some sort of appetizer drink. Hmmm… I think it turned out pretty well. Everyone like it. And, of course, you could make these virgin if you’d like – just omit the vodka. But… why??
Speaking of vodka, I just happened to have some serrano chile pepper-infused vodka that I had made a while back so, why not? But you can certainly use any vodka of your choosing. Just realize, if you omit the vodka, you most likely will not have any leftover for refills!
Also, I used a vegetable juice from Trader Joe’s called Low Sodium Garden Patch which is a blend of vegetable juices but looks like tomato juice. You can use any tomato juice, V-8 or even Bloody Mary mix if you like.
These are a real impressive crowd-pleaser for very little work, so I encourage you to try it out the next time you have guests. Comment below if you try it or have any questions!
Shrimp Cocktail Shooters
- 1/2 lb large shrimp about 6 large shrimp
- 1.5 cups vegetable juice
- 4 ounces vodka I used my serrano-infused vodka
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce I used Cholula, but Tabasco would work
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice plus 1 small wedge about 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 6 slices cucumber thinly sliced and cut halfway through to sit on glass rim
- 6 large parsley leaves
- Peel and de-vein (if necessary) shrimp, leaving the tails if possible. Coat with one teaspoon olive oil, some Old Bay Seasoning (optional) and salt and pepper.
- Saute shrimp in remaining teaspoon of olive oil about 2 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Remove from pan to cool.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a pitcher or measurng cup and stir well. Keep chilled until ready to use.
- Prepare 6 cordial glasses. Rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of each glass and then dip into a small dish filled with the Old Bay Seasoning. Pour juice mixture into each glass and garnish with shrimp, a slice of cucumber and parsley leaves.