I do not believe I am the only one who thinks the classic Bloody Mary is excessive; who can commit to a pint glass full of tomato juice without gakking? Like a Bloody Mary but less like a heavy meal, this drink satisfies my occasional longing for the lazy drunkenness of the Big Easy without having to skip eating for the next 24 hours.
2 oz. lemon vodka (make your own--it's better)
1 tablespoon dry vermouth
1.5 oz. V-8 spicy vegetable juice
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Spicy pickled okra or blanched asparagus spear for garnish
Combine all ingredients, except garnish, in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice; shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pickled okra or asparagus.