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The origin of the oyster shooter is shouded in mystery. I picture it like this: It's a still night on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. A band of pirates are camped around a fire drinking and trying to impress the local wenches. One snarls "Aaargh ye scallywags. Top this." He walks to a tidel pool, draws his sword and smashes an oyster, pluckes out the slimy creature, plops it into his drink and to the cheers his fellow pirates and the horror of the wenches, he gulps it down in one swallow.

Oyster shooters for two

  • Shucked Raw Oysters (Reserve the liquor)
  • Vodka - The Good Stuff
  • Tomato Juice
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Celery Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • White Pepper
  • Hot Sauce
  • Celery Stalks

In a pitcher mix the tomato juice, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, peppers and hot sauce to taste. Some like it hot - some don't. You know your crowd.

In a small glass plop in an oyster and about a tablespoon of reserved oyster liquor. I like to shuck these as I go and just pour all the liquid in with the oyster. (If the oysters are small, or if you just like oysters, use two).

Add about a shot of ice cold vodka to the glass and fill the glass with the tomato juice mixture. Naturally, if you are using larger glasses you want more vodka.

Garnish with a small stalk of leafy celery. Enjoy!

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