Bloody Mary

Variations: swap out the vodka with tequila for a "Bloody Maria" or with gin for a "Ruddy Mary". Omit the vodka all together for a "Virgin Mary".

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 Bloody Mary cocktail


  • 4 ounces high quality tomato juice
  • 2 teaspoons dill pickle juice (I use Bubbie's)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish (or 1/2 teaspoon fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 drop liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 ounces vodka

For the rim:

  • Celery salt

Garnishes that you eat as you drink the Bloody Mary:

  • 1 thin stick of celery (I like to use the inner, tender stalks with fronds)
  • 1 dill pickle wedge (optional)
  • 1 piece of candied bacon (optional)
  • A lemon wedge (optional)

Special equipment:

  • Highball or Collins glasses


1 Rim the glass with celery salt: Put some celery salt into a small dish. Wipe the rim of the glass with a cut lemon wedge, and turn upside down into the celery salt to coat. Fill glass with ice.

Upside down glass placed in celery salt

2 Combine ingredients: Into a jar or cocktail shaker, place the tomato juice, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, black pepper, and sriracha.

If you want a touch of smoky flavor in your Bloody Mary, carefully add 1 drop of liquid smoke, no more than 2 drops.

Add a few ice cubes, the vodka, and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass.

3 Garnish with a stick of celery, and any other garnishes you want.

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  • Lyn

    MUST HAVE Extra Large Olives on a toothpick for my favorite Bloody Mary

  • chris

    probably my favorite mixed drink, right up there with the manhattan, mojito and margarita.

    having bartended at a golf course for a couple of summers, i came up with a couple of tweaks that had me making them by the gallon (not literally, but you get the point). as someone said, clamato is a great beginner, along with V8 (spicy if you like the heat). for the smoky flavor, i used regular and chipotle tobasco. for a bolder flavor, adding a dash of A1 or even heinz 57 does the trick. rather than pickle juice, i’d go with olive juice. i also had fun with the garnishes, stuffing olives with blue cheese and sometimes anchovies or smoked salmon in addition to the traditional celery stick. a piece of chilled shrimp is a nice touch or a freshly shucked oyster, and/or bacon, of course. i finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon and lime and pour into an glass rimmed with a mixture of celery salt and chili powder.

  • Karen

    Bloody Marys are so delicious, and I can’t wait to try your recipe. I love mine with sriracha too!

  • Donna Winslow

    I like V8 for my Bloody Mary but it’s a matter of taste. The recipe sounds delish and I can’t wait to try it!

  • Irv Ellington

    Add one tablespoon of mustard ,any kind but
    I prefer Poupon

  • Robert McCabe

    Try substituting Clamato juice for Tomato juice

  • Scott

    If you are not a big fan of thick tomato juice (like me) a better option is to use clamato juice. It makes for a thinner consistency and in my opinion a better taste. Other items you can add are garlic and Old Bay seasoning.

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Scott, oh, what great ideas! I bet Old Bay is perfect, especially if you are using clamato juice.

  • Leslie

    I will probably need one of these tomorrow. I bet the bacon with it is awesome!