Bloody Mary Recipe & Tomato Cocktails

Bloody Mary Cocktail
Enjoy a Bloody Mary for brunch, game day, or whenever you feel like a savory, spicy drink packed with flavor. Eddie Berman/E+/Getty Iages
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Few things are better in the morning or on a cold day than the spicy tomato flavor of a Bloody Mary. Whether you are enjoying it as a brunch cocktail, enjoying the morning game, or searching for a hangover cure, this is one of the most popular cocktails you will find and it is very easy to make it your own.

The Bloody Mary can be as spicy or mild as you like. You can switch out the liquor or skip it all together and enjoy a Virgin Mary. It is a drink that is completely adaptable to suit your personal taste and there are more tomato cocktail recipes listed below for inspiration.

What You'll Need

  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste
  • Horseradish to taste (optional)
  • Celery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnish
  • Lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish

How to Make It

  1. Build the liquid ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes.
  2. Stir well. If you feel like trying a fun mixing technique, try rolling this one.
  3. Add the seasonings to taste.
  4. Garnish with a lemon or lime and celery or pickle.

More Tips on Making the Bloody Mary

The spice of the Bloody Mary will depend on the hot sauce you choose and how much you use. Tabasco is a favorite, but I encourage you to experiment with different brands, intensities, and flavors. Cholula Chili Garlic is a personal favorite.

One thing you must remember with any spicy cocktail is that it is best to start with less and add more to suit your taste. There is no turning back once you have too much spice and it can easily ruin an otherwise great drink.

You can also make a pitcher-sized batch by using a Bloody Mary mix like this one and take it to a party or tailgate or simply store it in the refrigerator as a quick Bloody Mary for yourself.

Bloody Marys are often garnished with a celery stalk, but many will either use a pickle spear or both. I like the pickle because it adds another layer of flavor that celery cannot.

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