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Bloody Mary

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Have you ever wanted to make a delicious Bloody Mary at home? It’s a classic cocktail that’s perfect for brunch or any time you’re craving something savory and refreshing. In this guide, we’ll explore how to craft the perfect Bloody Mary. From the taste to the ingredients, you’ll learn everything you need to know to impress your friends and family with this popular drink.

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Tasting Notes

A Bloody Mary is like a burst of flavor in your mouth. It’s spicy, tangy, and a little bit salty. The tomato juice gives it a rich, savory base, while the lemon juice adds a fresh, citrusy kick. The Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce bring in a deep, spicy complexity. And the vodka? It adds the perfect amount of kick without overpowering the other flavors. Every sip is a balance of spicy, sour, and umami tastes.


To make a Bloody Mary, you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes of hot sauce
  • Teaspoon of horseradish
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch of celery salt
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Garnishes: celery stalk, lemon wedge, and a green olive


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the vodka.
  3. Add the tomato juice and lemon juice.
  4. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.
  5. Sprinkle a pinch of celery salt, paprika, salt and pepper.
  6. Stir everything well.
  7. Garnish with a celery stalk, lemon wedge, and a green olive.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality tomato juice for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the hot sauce and lemon juice to your taste.
  • Try rimming your glass with salt for an extra flavor.
  • Chill your ingredients before mixing for a refreshing drink.
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Which Vodka Brands to Choose

The vodka you choose can change the taste of your Bloody Mary. Here are some good options:

  1. Absolut – Smooth and perfect for mixing.
  2. Grey Goose – A top choice for a cleaner taste.
  3. Tito’s – Great for a more robust flavor.
  4. Smirnoff – A budget-friendly option that still tastes great.
  5. Ketel One – Ideal for a smooth, subtle taste.

Similar Cocktails

If you like Bloody Marys, you might enjoy these similar cocktails:

  1. Michelada – A beer-based cocktail with a similar spicy kick.
  2. Bloody Caesar – A Canadian twist on the Bloody Mary with clamato juice.
  3. Red Snapper – Similar to a Bloody Mary but made with gin.
  4. Bloody Maria – A tequila-based version for an extra punch.


The Bloody Mary has a rich history. It was created in the 1920s or 1930s. There are several stories about its origin, but most believe it was first made in Paris or New York. The drink became really popular in the 1960s, and since then, it’s become a staple at brunches and a favorite for its unique, savory flavor.

Bloody Mary Garnishes

various bloody mary garnishes in a bloody mary cocktail

A classic cocktail known for its strong and savory flavors is the bloody mary. The variety of garnishes that are frequently added to a Bloody Mary is one of the drink’s distinctive characteristics. Pickles, olives, celery stalks, and lemon wedges are a few common garnishes. Some bartenders and fans may add bacon, shrimp, oysters, or even miniature hamburgers to their Bloody Marys for a more opulent experience. These garnishes provide the drink visual appeal in addition to offering a variety of textures and flavors that go well with the cocktail’s sour and spicy tomato base. The choice of garnish ultimately boils down to taste preferences and desired amount of indulgence.

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Bloody Mary Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bloody Mary, brunch cocktails, Vodka
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
The classic Bloody Mary is one of the most famous cocktails of them all and has a lot of history behind it too. Use our recipe to mix up your own!


  • 1 ½ Ounce Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Tomato Juice
  • ½ Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 1 Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes Tobasco sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Horseradish
  • 1 Pinch Celery Salt
  • 1 Pinch of pepper
  • 1 Pinch of paprika
  • 1 Lemon & Lime Wedge for Garnish
  • 1 Celery Stalk for Garnish


  • Prepare your glass by rubbing a lemon or lime wedge around the rim
  • Next, sprinkle the celery salt on a plate and roll the edge of the glass through the celery salt to get an even coating
  • Add ice to the glass and place it to the side for later
  • Prepare a shaker and add all the remaining ingredients, shaking gently to mix
  • Strain the mixture from the shaker into the highball glass
  • Add any garnishes for decoration as desired
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let us know how it was!
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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