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1 Cup good quality mayonnaise
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 cup tomato ketchup
1 cup chili sauce
¼ fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon horseradish

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Old School Cocktail Sauce

Today we are making my favorite cocktail sauce.  It is everything you want it to be.  A bit sweet, a bit tangy and with just the right amount of spice and savory flavor.  This is very reminiscent of a old time favorite cocktail sauce from the famous Bookbinders restaurant in Philadelphia.  We love it and we enjoy it throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season when we entertain and share with friends.  Perfect for a shrimp platter or cocktail or to serve with other seafood or in my case atop a delicious cold crab dip that will be coming soon to the channel!

I love this cocktail sauce recipe!  It is one that my mom made growing up.  It is perfect in it's simplicity and just the perfect addition to a shrimp cocktail or peel and eat shrimp platter for any holiday buffet or open house celebration.  Make a big jar at the beginning of the season and you will be set for all the things that you want to enjoy it with!  

This all starts out with a good quality ketchup.  We use Heinz organic but you should use what you like.  We also use Heinz chili sauce.  This gives the cocktail sauce a lot of body and extra flavor.  While you can make this sauce with all ketchup, I hope you will give the chili sauce a try because it adds so much to this!  Then the usual suspects come by to play.  Lemon juice, tabasco sauce, horseradish and Worcestershire.  You can adjust the heat level to your preference but I do not recommend leaving out any of these ingredients because they are all integral to the end product.  There will just be something missing if you leave it out.  

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Combine all ingredients and whisk together well.

Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.

This can be made up in advance and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.

 

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This is, hands down the best cocktail sauce you can make.  It is so much better than buying premade and it has such a fresh taste.  You probably have everything you need to make this and even if you don't have fresh lemons and choose to use bottled lemon juice, no judgement here.  I have done it and it tastes great!  

I hope you will give this cocktail sauce recipe a try for the holidays and beyond and I hope you love it!

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