Bloody Mary

I’ve been talking about bloody marys a lot recently. They’re one of my favorite drinks, and I make a pretty killer one. It’s taken some time for me to perfect my recipe, and one of the things that I’ve discovered is that everyone likes their bloody mary a little bit different. You start with the basic recipe, and adjust your bloody mary to your own taste. It took me a while to really perfect my own recipe; lots of trial and error (SUCH a pain, I know!). The basic recipe that I work off of is this one:

2 oz Vodka
4 oz Tomato Juice
Juice of 1/2 Limes
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
6 dashes Tabasco Sauce
1 Lime wedge

However, the one I make is slightly different. First of all, I don’t use measurements. I make it to taste, and I eyeball. And I definitely put more than 2 oz of vodka in. The cool thing about bloody marys is that they COMPLETELY mask the taste of the booze, so you can make them pretty strong. I also use extra Worcestershire sauce in mine, to the point of the bloody mary being a dark red color, and I add a little more than a splash of green olive juice. I also substitute celery salt for regular salt. If you prefer pickles to olives, you can use pickle brine, too.

Occasionally, I’ll make it with Clamato juice instead of tomato juice. This is technically called a “bloody caesar,” and there’s saltier taste to it. Since I’m a salt fan, this goes over well. Very well.

I’m not a huge fan of spice, though some people like their bloody marys very spicy. If that’s you, you can always add extra tobasco. Some people use red pepper instead of black. Another option is to use Absolut Peppar vodka (don’t ever take a shot of this. It BURNS), which is specifically for bloody marys and is spicy as HELL. Many people also add horseradish to theirs. I am not a fan of “chunky gunk” in my drink, so I don’t.

And, because these look AWESOME, Bacon Bloody Marys.

How do you like YOUR bloody mary?

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  1. alanaNo Gravatar
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m always amazed when people don’t like spice. Spicy food is what I live for. And even though I love tomato anything food wise, I can’t stand tomato juice. I usually just drink fuzzy navels.

    • Britni TheVadgeWigNo Gravatar
      Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      I can handle a little spice, but I like salt. So I make mine extra salty instead of extra spicy. And I hate tomato anything food wise, but love tomato juice. Haha.

      • alanaNo Gravatar
        Posted April 20, 2010 at 1:14 am | Permalink

        I find our opposite love of tomato pretty funny. Taste is a mighty stange thing. lol

  2. BlowJoyNo Gravatar
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    In Chicago there’s this bar called The Twisted Spoke ( ). They make the BEST Bloody Marys. Ever. All I know is that they’re damn good and have like a half a pound of lunch meat, cheese and peppers on top, all jabbed with a huge stick. Amazing. These are best drank during “Smut & Eggs” at the Spoke, which takes place every Saturday at midnight – 2:30 AM, when the bartenders put up giant black construction paper on the windows, hand out brunch menus and play hardcore porn on the TVs. It’s so fucking bizarre and amazing. If you’re ever in Chicago, you MUST GO.

    • Britni TheVadgeWigNo Gravatar
      Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      This sounds like the most amazing place ever.

  3. Wilhelmina WangNo Gravatar
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    eep. i’ve never tried a bloody mary and the ingredients kind of scare me? it’s on my to-do list though.

  4. Nell GwynneNo Gravatar
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    1. I want in on this party at that Chicago bar (can you make it happen post November 15?)
    2. I have never tried a bloody mary. But now I want to.

  5. Guy New YorkNo Gravatar
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    They have Bacon Bloody Mary’s at Double Down in New York as well which are pretty darn yummy. I believe they use bacon infused vodka. I bet bacon salt would be a nice addition as well! Of course, I’m inclined to add all my favorite breakfast foods which might be a bit much.

    They used to make a Bloody Beer at the Blind Tiger which was full of strong Belgian beers rather than vodka and it was my favorite brunch drink. It appears I was the only one though.

  6. nenasadijeNo Gravatar
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    any drink that comes with snacks is alright by me!

  7. JessicaNo Gravatar
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Ive never tried that. I was always told that Bloody Marys are good for hangovers….now I associate them with being sick, but it looks and sounds delicious. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

    Thx for sharing.

  8. PixieNo Gravatar
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Extra salty and limey, minus the pepper and with lots of celery cause I like munching on it afterwards lol.

  9. FernsNo Gravatar
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I have mine so spicy that it makes my lips burn. Then I want to kiss someone and share the pain. Win-win.


  10. jacquieNo Gravatar
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    huh! I’m surprised you mentioned the Ceasar variation – it’s a Canadian thing and I’ve never found a bar in the US that knows what you are talking about when you order one. Obviously I’m hanging out in the wrong joints!

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