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Shrimp Cocktail with Maker’s Mark Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail with Maker’s Mark Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail with Maker’s Mark Cocktail Sauce


This classic appetizer gets a kick in the pants with a healthy shot of Maker’s Mark® to help spice up the cocktail sauce.

Servings: 4–8
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  • 1 recipe Maker’s Mark® Cocktail Sauce (recipe below)
  • 24 pc. shrimp in shell, u-10
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/2 cups dry white wine, such as Riesling
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 pieces whole black peppercorn
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, halved and sliced thin 1/4"
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced thin crosswise 1/8"
  • 1 whole leek, washed and sliced thin, white and green
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled, sliced into 1/8" thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, flamed off
  • 1 cup Heinz® Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon TABASCO® Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar


  1. Leaving the shell and tail intact, slice down the back of the shrimp, deveining the shrimp.
  2. Bring the water, white wine, lemon juice, bay leaves, peppercorns, onion, celery, leek, carrots and kosher salt to a boil in a large pot.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the brine is flavorful.
  4. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a new pot, discarding the solids.
  5. Bring the stock back up to a simmer.
  6. Add the shrimp in shell and stir to submerge the shrimp.
  7. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the shrimp to poach for 10 minutes or until fully cooked.
  8. Drain the shrimp and place the shrimp into a large bowl filled with ice.
  9. Stir the shrimp with the ice cubes and place the bowl in the freezer until the shrimp have cooled down, about 2-3 minutes.
  10. Peel the shell from the shrimp, leaving the tail intact.
  11. Discard the shells.
  12. Serve the shrimp ice cold alongside the Maker’s Mark® cocktail sauce, with fresh lemon wedges.
  13. For Maker’s Mark® Cocktail Sauce, combine Maker’s Mark®, Heinz® Ketchup, TABASCO® Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, horseradish and distilled white vinegar in a small bowl.
  14. Keep chilled until needed.


Tags: Recipes, Appetizers, Cocktail Sauce, Shrimp, Water, White Wine, Lemons, Bay Leaves, Peppercorn, Onions, Celery, Leeks, Carrots, Kosher Salt, Hungry, Ketchup, Hot Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Lemon Juice, Horseradish, Distilled White Vinegar