Recipe Redo: Zach Braff’s Mermaid Mary

11/15/2013 at 01:42 PM ET

Spoon Fork Bacon Zach Braff Bloody Mary
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Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher are the food stylist/recipe development/photography duo behind the blog Spoon Fork Bacon. Visit every Friday for their take on celebrity recipes, plus tips on cooking, entertaining, food photography and more.

When the weekend rolls around and we want to kick back and relax, there’s nothing that hits the spot quite like a bloody Mary. We love Zach Braff's Mermaid Mary for its clean simplicity—but when it comes to our bloodies, we like ’em hot! So we took this yummy Sunday sipper and added some extra spice.

Okay, a lot of extra spice.

Our version uses three different hot sauces, plus a healthy dose of horseradish, balanced out nicely with a little bit of brown sugar. You can make the tomato juice mixture a day or two ahead of time, so when the weekend rolls around all you have to do is stir, spike and enjoy…and maybe even throw on a few episodes of Scrubs.

Spoon Fork Bacon Zach Braff Bloody Mary
Courtesy Spoon Fork Bacon

Spoon Fork Bacon Zach Braff Bloody Mary
Courtesy Spoon Fork Bacon

Extra-Spicy Sriracha Bloody Mary
Serves 4

24 oz. tomato juice
1½ tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. prepared horseradish
2 tsp. Sambal
2 tsp. Sriracha
1½ tsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
½ tsp. celery salt
8 oz. vodka
8 pickled green beans
4 lemon wedges

1. In a large pitcher, mix first eight ingredients. Vigorously stir, then refrigerate for at least an hour, up to several days.

2. When ready to serve, fill four glasses with ice. Pour 2 oz. vodka into each glass, then top with spicy tomato mixture. Finish each glass with a lemon wedge and two pickled green beans.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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