I can’t imagine I’m the only one who watches The CW’s adorably creepy comedy/cop show/zombie satire, iZombie, awaiting the food-prep scenes with baited breath. The show itself follows the undead criminal investigations of Liv Moore (Seattle medical resident-turned-zombie-turned-medical-examiner-and-“psychic”-police-consultant), fueled by her consumption of murder victims’ brains that result in flashback visions of the crimes, which in turn assist in bringing the murderers to justice. But, ever the foodie, I find the five or so seconds per episode where Liv prepares her “brain food” to be endlessly entertaining, to the point that I went back through Seasons 1 and 2 in order to detail Liv’s cerebellum culinary adventures. I’m eagerly awaiting what she’ll make on tonight’s all-new episode, and plan on enjoying an uber-spicy Bloody Maria cocktail (a nod to both zombies’ propensity for consuming hot sauce and the cocktail Lowell Tracy makes for Liv, sparking their ill-fated romance in Season 1) while I watch with glee.
iZombie Bloody Maria
2 oz Espolón Tequila
4 oz Spicy Hot V8 Juice
1/2 of 1 lime, squeezed
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Trader Joe’s Habanero Sauce*
2 dashes Melinda’s Naga Jolokia Ghost Pepper Sauce*
1 pinch Ground black pepper
Tajin Fruit and Snack Seasoning (for garnish)
Red jalapeño pepper (for garnish)
*note! These hot sauces are extremely spicy – feel free to substitute with Tobasco or Tapatío, based on preference!
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake, then strain into a glass rimmed with Tajin seasoning, and garnish with split red jalapeño pepper.