This version of the classic tomato juice-based cocktail was created by Eben Freeman, bartender of Tailor restaurant in New York City. Though fairly simple and straightforward in his approach, Freeman uses freshly grated horseradish, but he admits that prepared is OK for single servings. Freeman encourages experimentation: He recommends adding wasabi or curry powder for an interesting twist.
1In 11-ounce highball glass, stir together tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Fill glass with ice, then pour mixture into second glass. Pour back and forth 3 to 4 times to mix well, then sprinkle lemon juice over. Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge (if using) and serve.