In a shaker, add tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire, soy, wasabi, horseradish, hot pepper sauce, celery salt and black pepper with a few cubes of ice and shake vigorously. Check for seasoning. Serve in tall glasses filled with ice and garnish with pickled lotus. Serve with Wasabi Fried Onions.
In a small non-reactive saucepan, combine the vinegar, salt, sugar, turmeric, bay and chiles and bring to a boil. Add lotus and reduce heat to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Take off heat and let stand until cool, then transfer to a jar with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
Mix the flour, wasabi and white pepper in a large bowl. Add the onions and toss well until completely coated. Place onions in fryer basket, strainer or spider and shake off excess flour. Fry at 375 degrees for only 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, season with salt and serve immediately.
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