So here's the deal, our research and taste test tell us we just can't say which one is the best. That's because of two factors. The first is, it varies wildly on peoples tastes, and second is because cocktail sauce is pretty simple. That said, we still have you covered.
The standard ingredients that make up cocktail sauce is ketchup (most people say Heinz), horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and hot sauce. That's it, give or take.
A typical base recipe is as follows:
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp horseradish
1 tbsp lemon juice
dash of hot sauce
Directions are to add ingredients into small bowl and mix them together. Add hot sauce to taste.
It's pretty basic and there seems to be two camps on the issue. One camp says make it yourself, it's cheap, easy, and you can make it how you like it best. The other camp says buy it in the bottle, it's cheap, easy, and you can get it with a classic or spicy favor.
I, myself, have been know to buy cocktail sauce in the bottle and "doctor it up" to give it more heat and favor. Experimentation is key. It's so easy to make a few different favor and/or heat options in little ramekins or dipping bowls to try, especially if you are having people over with different tastes.
One thing we found is Heinz Cocktail Sauce is a classic and Crosse & Blackwell is close behind. Crosse & Blackwell even has a Zesty Shrimp Sauce that's quiet tasty. Note: we are not getting paid by either one!
If you are just starting out in the cocktail sauce world, we suggest you start with Heinz, Then try C&B Zesty, after that, get creative and venture out on your own.
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