In this week’s Tricks & Treats issue of Gourmet Live I wrote about my recent trip to Kenya, where I discovered the Samburu and Masai tribes’ blood-based drink in The Real Bloody Mary Cocktail. The article details the six ceremonial types of the blood and milk blend, which I researched while learning about the country’s vast culinary scene.
Upon my return to New York City, I had a few follow-up questions while writing the piece, so I hopped on the computer for a series of video chats with two of my Nairobi-based sources, William Carr-Hartley and Lbukshash Lepeta. After writing the story I knew we needed a striking visual to really capture the imagery behind the article. The next day I made a stop at my local supermarket and Halloween shop and assembled the ingredients for the ultimate bloody milk mustache.
To capture the perfect color and consistency of blood, I mixed plain non-fat yogurt with fake blood and red food coloring. After a quick upper lip dip into the potion (sans swallowing, of course), I let the liquid work its magic as it dripped and seeped across my mouth. Our multi-talented graphic designer Ma’ayan Rosenzweig photographed the eerie image and then cropped it to create what you now see as the image on our Tricks and Treats issue. Read The Real Bloody Mary Cocktail on Gourmet.com then share your favorite ghoulish and ghastly uses for food.