Ma’s Famous Cocktail Sauce





1 Cup ketchup

2 tsp. Lemon Juice (for shrimp or seafood)

½ jar horseradish

7 drops Tabasco

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce (for grilled sausage)


In a small Tupperware bowl, mix together ketchup, lemon juice, and horseradish. Add just a few drops of Tabasco sauce and taste with celery or a cooked shrimp. Add more according to taste. You should not be able to distinguish the Tabasco from the rest of the ingredients. If you prefer hotter or milder sauce, add more or less horseradish. My family has made an art out of this simple recipe. This is, as it is, in the original form that I remember as a kid growing up. The maker almost always modifies it.  My sister-law used to add a lot of Tabasco to make it hot enough for my oldest brother. My other brother love to add Hot Chinese mustard to heat it up and I of course could not help myself.  I’ve used Wasabi, whereas my sister loves nothing better than to be the taste tester and quality control supervisor.

Serving suggestion: Shrimp, Crab meat, celery, carrots, and of course thin sausage cooked on the barb-b-que with lots of cold beer to wash it down.  

From all of my family to all of yours…enjoy your food and enjoy ALL of life!

The Drunken Chef (Russ)

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