Bloody Mary Cocktail Drink

Bloody Mary

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you’re craving a zesty drink, this Bloody Mary recipe has all the ingredients to make a cocktail that hits the spot! It’s savory, tangy, and incredibly easy to whip up.

Bloody Mary Recipe

Kick back with this straightforward Bloody Mary recipe! Crafted with vodka, tomato juice, and a dash of spices, this refreshing cocktail is a go-to for brunch.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

119 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Vodka
  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 3 dashes Tabasco
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Ice: Fill your glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Tabasco: Pour 3 dashes Tabasco in your cocktail shaker.
  • Add Worcestershire Sauce: Follow with 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce.
  • Season: Drop a pinch of celery salt into the shaker.
  • Season: Add a pinch of pepper to the mix.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour ½ oz lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka.
  • Add tomato juice: Measure and pour 3 oz tomato juice.
  • Roll: Ice up your big tin and strain your mixture back and forth into the small tin, repeat five times than strain in your highball glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a celery stalk.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: I often use gin when I want a different flavor profile; it adds a botanical touch to the drink. For a smoky flavor, tequila can be a great alternative.
  • Tomato Juice: In the absence of tomato juice, I blend fresh tomatoes and strain them to get a fresh, homemade version.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Sometimes, I use soy sauce or a vegan Worcestershire sauce as a substitute to accommodate different dietary needs.

Making a Pitcher of Bloody Mary:

  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by 8 to serve 8. Mix 12 oz of vodka, 24 oz of tomato juice, and 4 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix: Add the seasoning and combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use non-alcoholic vodka or omit it and add more tomato juice or water.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using the non-alcoholic substitute and enjoy a refreshing, non-alcoholic Bloody Mary.

Making it Vegan:

  • Worcestershire Sauce: Opt for a vegan version of Worcestershire sauce, as the regular one contains fish.
  • Check Ingredients: Ensure all other ingredients are vegan-friendly, especially any added garnishes like olives or pickles.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
119
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
96
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
238
mg
7
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
391
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
22
mg
27
%
Calcium
 
13
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Bloody Mary Cocktail Drink

Bloody Mary Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Kick back with this straightforward Bloody Mary recipe! Crafted with vodka, tomato juice, and a dash of spices, this refreshing cocktail is a go-to for brunch.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 119

Ingredients
 

  • oz Vodka
  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 3 dashes Tabasco
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Ice: Fill your glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Tabasco: Pour 3 dashes Tabasco in your cocktail shaker.
  • Add Worcestershire Sauce: Follow with 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce.
  • Season: Drop a pinch of celery salt into the shaker.
  • Season: Add a pinch of pepper to the mix.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour ½ oz lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka.
  • Add tomato juice: Measure and pour 3 oz tomato juice.
  • Roll: Ice up your big tin and strain your mixture back and forth into the small tin, repeat five times than strain in your highball glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a celery stalk.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: I often use gin when I want a different flavor profile; it adds a botanical touch to the drink. For a smoky flavor, tequila can be a great alternative.
  • Tomato Juice: In the absence of tomato juice, I blend fresh tomatoes and strain them to get a fresh, homemade version.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Sometimes, I use soy sauce or a vegan Worcestershire sauce as a substitute to accommodate different dietary needs.

Making a Pitcher of Bloody Mary:

  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by 8 to serve 8. Mix 12 oz of vodka, 24 oz of tomato juice, and 4 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix: Add the seasoning and combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use non-alcoholic vodka or omit it and add more tomato juice or water.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using the non-alcoholic substitute and enjoy a refreshing, non-alcoholic Bloody Mary.

Making it Vegan:

  • Worcestershire Sauce: Opt for a vegan version of Worcestershire sauce, as the regular one contains fish.
  • Check Ingredients: Ensure all other ingredients are vegan-friendly, especially any added garnishes like olives or pickles.

What is a Bloody Mary Cocktail?

A Bloody Mary is a vodka cocktail combining tomato juice, spices, and other flavorings. Many regard this drink as a brunch staple, known for its savory and spicy kick. The name “Bloody Mary” carries a certain mystique, and while its origins are debated, its place in cocktail history is undeniable. Additionally, the Bloody Mary is recognized as an official cocktail by the International Bartenders Association (IBA), further cementing its status in the world of mixology.

A side shot of two Bloody Mary cocktails in highball glasses on black stone coasters placed on a dark wooden table.

What is a Bloody Mary made of – The ingredients

Ingredients that make up a Bloody Marty include:

  • Vodka: Provides the alcoholic base, bringing neutrality and allowing other flavors to shine.
  • Tomato Juice: Acts as the main body, offering the cocktail a savory and rich texture.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy zest, balancing the savory notes of the tomato juice.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Infuses the drink with a complex, umami flavor, enhancing its depth.
  • Tabasco: Adds a distinctive and tangy flavor.
  • Celery Salt: Contributes a subtle savory note, complementing the flavor profile.
  • Ground Pepper: Introduces a spicy kick, elevating the cocktail’s boldness.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the cocktail, ensuring it’s served refreshingly cold.
  • Celery Stalk (garnish): Enhance presentation and add a crunchy, fresh element to each sip.

Vodka, tomate juice, lemon juice, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and lemon laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bloody Mary?

Learn to mix a Bloody Mary easily with our simple steps:

1
<p>Fill your highball with ice cubes, to chill.</p>

Fill your highball with ice cubes, to chill.

2
<p>Drop 3 dashes of Tabasco in a shaker, for some spiciness.</p>

Drop 3 dashes of Tabasco in a shaker, for some spiciness.

3
<p>Pour 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, adding a savory note.</p>

Pour 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, adding a savory note.

4
<p>Drop a pinch of celery salt into the shaker.</p>

Drop a pinch of celery salt into the shaker.

5
<p>Grind some pepper over the mix.</p>

Grind some pepper over the mix.

6
<p>Add a splash of lemon juice, about ½ oz, to bring a zesty tang to the mix.</p>

Add a splash of lemon juice, about ½ oz, to bring a zesty tang to the mix.

7
<p>Measure and pour 1½ oz of vodka.</p>

Measure and pour 1½ oz of vodka.

8
<p>Follow the vodka with 3 oz of tomato juice.</p>

Follow the vodka with 3 oz of tomato juice.

9
<p>Fill your shaker with ice cubes and strain your cocktail back and forth into another shaker or glass.</p>

Fill your shaker with ice cubes and strain your cocktail back and forth into another shaker or glass.

10
<p>Replace the ice cubes from the chilled glass with fresh ones.</p>

Replace the ice cubes from the chilled glass with fresh ones.

11
<p>Strain your mixture in your chilled highball glass.</p>

Strain your mixture in your chilled highball glass.

12
<p>Add a celery stalk to the glass, to enhance the presentation and add a fresh crunch.</p>

Add a celery stalk to the glass, to enhance the presentation and add a fresh crunch.

13
<p>Enjoy your Bloody Mary cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Bloody Mary cocktail!

Why is Bloody Mary a hangover drink?

The Bloody Mary holds a revered spot in the world of hangover remedies, and it’s not just because of its bold and revitalizing flavor. This cocktail combines the hydrating properties of tomato juice with the replenishing zest of lemon, helping to restore essential nutrients and balance to the body after a night of indulgence. The savory kick of Worcestershire sauce and the heat from added spices boost the metabolism, aiding in a quicker recovery. While seemingly counterintuitive, the vodka offers what’s known as the “hair of the dog” effect, providing temporary relief by prolonging the alcohol metabolism and potentially reducing symptoms. This harmonious blend of restoration, spice, and spirit makes the Bloody Mary a go-to choice for those rough mornings, offering a refreshing respite and a savory pick-me-up.

A side shot of a Bloody Mary cocktail in a highball glass on black stone coaster placed on a dark wooden table, in front of a black blackground.

Premade Bloody Mary Mix

Cutwater Spirits offers a canned version that packs a punch with its robust and well-balanced flavor profile, making it a standout choice for those seeking convenience without compromising taste. Another notable option is Master of Mixes, known for its rich and savory blend that hits all the right notes, allowing for a hassle-free Bloody Mary experience. However, for those who prioritize a bold and spicy kick, McClure’s brings the heat with its meticulously crafted recipe, delivering a zesty and fiery concoction. Among these, Cutwater Spirits earns the top spot for its harmonious blend of flavors and its commitment to quality, providing a reliable and delicious go-to for Bloody Mary enthusiasts on the go.

What is the difference between a Bloody Maria and a Bloody Mary?

A Bloody Maria swaps out the vodka, a staple in the traditional Bloody Mary, for tequila, introducing a smoky and robust undertone to the drink. This substitution infuses the cocktail with a distinct character, allowing the bold flavors of tequila to meld seamlessly with the tangy tomato juice and the spicy kick of the seasonings. While the Bloody Mary remains a classic choice for many, the Bloody Maria offers a flavorful alternative for those seeking to experience the cocktail with a twist.

Two Bloody Mary cocktails, shot from above, in highball glasses on black stone coasters placed on a dark wooden table.

Variations

Wondering about alternative choices? Here are some of our favorites to share:

  • Michelada: This blend combines the carbonation of a lager with spicy and savory notes. The beer’s fizz adds a refreshing touch, making it a light and enjoyable option. I particularly appreciate the combination of the lager’s crispness with the spicy tomato base; it’s a perfect match for a sunny afternoon.
  • Red Snapper: This gin-based mix infuses botanical nuances and a hint of floral aroma. The gin’s distinctive flavor adds a delightful twist. I love how the botanicals in the gin pair with the tomato, creating a complex and fragrant experience.
  • Bloody Caesar: This Canadian creation adds clamato juice, bringing a briny and savory depth. The clamato juice lends a unique umami flavor that sets it apart.
  • Spicy Bloody Mary: This turns up the heat with extra black pepper and hot sauce. It caters to those who love a fiery kick. The added heat brings an exciting edge to every sip, perfect for those who enjoy a bit of a challenge.
  • Bloody Bull: Beef bouillon in this mix brings umami richness and a hearty character. It’s a substantial and flavorful choice for a more robust appetite.
  • Bloody Molly: Irish stout’s addition provides a creamy and malty richness. It enhances the savory elements of the mix, offering a deep and satisfying taste. I’m drawn to the way the stout’s creaminess blends with the tomato, creating a rich and hearty experience.
  • Green Mary: This combines tomato and tomatillo juices, offering a fresh and tangy twist. The tomatillo adds a vibrant and revitalizing sensation, ideal for a refreshing change of pace.
  • Bloody Pirate: Dark rum adds a sweet and molasses-infused depth. This creates a unique and flavorful blend, standing out with its sweet undertones.
  • Bloody Sunrise: The inclusion of orange juice adds a sweet and citrusy note. It brightens the overall flavor with a refreshing zest, making it an uplifting and cheerful choice.

A side shot of two Bloody Mary cocktails in highball glasses on black stone coasters placed on a dark wooden table, in front of a black blackground.

History and Origins

One popular narrative attributes the invention to Fernand Petiot, a bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, around 1921. According to this account, Petiot mixed up the first Bloody Mary using vodka and tomato juice for American expatriates fleeing Prohibition.

However, the story doesn’t end there. Upon returning to the United States, Petiot continued to refine the recipe at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, adding lemon, Worcestershire sauce, and other spices, creating the complex flavor profile the Bloody Mary is known for today.

Another claim to the Bloody Mary’s origin comes from George Jessel, an American comedian. He asserted that he concocted the drink in 1939 as a hangover remedy. The name “Bloody Mary” has various origin stories, some linking it to Queen Mary I of England, known for her brutal persecution of Protestants. In contrast, others believe it’s derived from a waitress named Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood.

Regardless of its origin, the Bloody Mary has evolved over the years, with countless variations and tweaks, cementing its place as a beloved and versatile beverage, especially popular in brunch culture and as a hangover cure.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Bloody Mary?
The cocktail has approximately 120 calories, varying depending on the ingredients used.
How strong is a Bloody Mary?
A Bloody Mary typically has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 10%, making it 20-proof, but this can vary depending on the vodka-to-mix ratio.
What alcohol is used in a Bloody Mary?
Vodka is the primary alcohol used.
In which glass is a Bloody Mary served?
It's typically served in a highball glass.
What does a Bloody Mary taste like?
A Bloody Mary tastes savory and spicy with a tangy kick from the tomato and lemon juice, complemented by the umami flavors from the Worcestershire sauce.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bloody Mary?
The standard ratio is 1 part vodka to 2 parts tomato juice, with lemon juice and seasonings added to taste.
How is a Bloody Mary served with ice?
The drink is usually served over ice, ensuring it is refreshingly cold.

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