The Best Damn Bloody Mary recipe for the quintessential weekend cocktail.
Bloody Marys are a must for early weekend outings. If I had to choose between a mimosa and a Bloody Mary, mimosas would lose 9 out of 10 times. Think about it: a Bloody Mary is basically like a meal, and the tomato juice factor makes it totally okay to indulge in these prior to noon. I’m pretty sure that’s how that works, anyway. And I’m here to share with you the Best Damn Bloody Mary recipe.
I don’t mean to brag here, but I have quite a few years of drink-slingin’ under my belt, I’ve spent those years curating the perfect combination of ingredients.
First thing’s first: you’ve gotta invest in some quality vodka. I know, it’s a little spendier, but it’s time to accept that the days of taking pulls of Monarch while sitting on a frat boy’s couch and belting “Don’t Stop Believin” are behind you. (Just me? Moving on then…) And even if they aren’t – just do yourself a favor and trust me, okay? Your less-hungover self will thank me, and you’ll probably even save money on account of not needing that greasy fast food order the next day.
I prefer Tito’s – it’s so smooth, and super ideal for cocktails like this, when you don’t want the harsh taste of cheap vodka to overpower everything else.
The best thing about Bloody Marys is that they’re totally customizable. If you don’t like spice, you can omit the hot sauce. If you aren’t a fan of horseradish, leave it out. You can even change up the base liquor if you want (Bloody Marias are another fave of mine, after working in a Mexican restaurant for a few years).
You can also be as elaborate as you want with the toppings. I wanted this recipe to be a good foundational recipe so I kept them to a minimum, but have you SEEN those Bloodys with sliders, cheese cubes, sausages, etc. on them? SO fun.
The secret ingredient in these guys? Olive juice. Just a little bit goes a long way, and adds a kind of mysterious savory umami element which I love.
- 2 oz vodka
- 6 oz tomato juice
- 1 tsp lemon or lime juice (I prefer lime, but the rest of the world seems to prefer lemon - take your pick!)
- 1 tsp horseradish
- ½ tsp olive juice
- ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4-6 shakes tabasco (or other hot sauce)
- a pinch of celery salt
- a pinch of black pepper
- olives, pickles, and other preferred toppings
- Fill a pint glass with ice.
- To a mixer glass with a few ice cubes, add all ingredients (minus the toppings) and shake to combine.
- Strain into the pint glass and garnish with olives, a pickle spear, a lemon slice and other veggies if desired.
- Enjoy (responsibly)!