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Look, I’m calling this “The Best Bloody Mary” because it’s the best Bloody Mary for me, and I have terrific taste, especially when it comes to a good Bloody. But I need to be honest with you right at the get-go here: this isn’t going to be the best Bloody Mary for everyone. In fact, if you show this recipe to another Bloody aficionado, chances are good they’ll turn up their nose: “That’s a fine Bloody Mary,” they might say. “But it can’t hold a candle to mine. Let me tell you what goes into it—" and then get ready to just nod and smile for a while, because a true Bloody Mary lover has a precise recipe that they’ve got down pat, and they want to explain it to you in every nitty-gritty detail. This Bloody Mary, though, is an excellent version. It’s my favorite. And if you invite even the most selective of Bloody experts to brunch, you can serve this one knowing that they’ll enjoy their drink — although they will undoubtedly have some notes about how to “improve” the cocktail.

Some people are a huge fan of tons of horseradish in their bloodies; personally, I think tons of loose, swirly horseradish makes a drink gritty and unpleasant, like choking down a glass full of sandy water. Some people swear by certain hot sauce brand like Tabasco or Cholula or Crystal or some mouth-incinerating personal blend of ghost peppers. In my book, the brand of hot sauce matters (I’m partial to the Tabasco Chipotle myself, due to the nice smokiness), but I don’t think the brand of hot sauce matters nearly as much as the Worcestershire (pronounced, properly, “wuh-ster,” by the way): If it ain’t Lea and Perrins, don’t even bother making a bloody. Just sit in the dark and contemplate your life choices — choices that lead you to an existence in which you could contemplate a Worcestshire sauce made by someone other than Lea and Perrins — instead.

There are folks who are sure that a Bloody isn’t a Bloody unless it comes with a lime wedge or a lemon wedge or a celery stalk or celery salt or an elaborate garnish featuring a crab leg clutching an olive. To these people I say: I respect your pristine interest in the little things in life, and God may very well be in these precise details, but I reserve my passions for the stuff that packs flavor: give me Old Bay on the rim or give me, well, a Bloody I’ll still enjoy, just not as much.

This is a Baltimore-style Bloody Mary (complete with Old Bay rim) which is the best Bloody in my book, although I can certainly be tempted into trying – and appreciating – many a Bloody Mary variation: Wasabi Marys, Bloody Marias, Blackberry Marys, you name it.

The 8 Best Bloody Mary Mixes in 2021

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No brunch hour is complete without a bloody mary sighting. The magical beverage is a midday drinking staple, hair of the dog, and perfect pair for everything from eggs benedict to quiche Lorraine. Many may bill the drink as simple a simple concoction of vodka, tomato juice, and a few secret spices, but the key to making the best bloody mary is in the ingredients: fresh tomato, for one, citrus, salt, horseradish, and Worcestershire.

There’s a fair chance you have all of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry, but if you don't (or would rather skip the effort of mixing it all together), there are a number of high-quality premade mixes that make this savory cocktail impressively low-effort. Just grab your vodka, pick your garnishes (maybe a pickle sword or a celery spear) and you’re ready to go.

Here are the best bloody mary mixes.

Why is it called Bloody Mary?

Here we go again with what I like to call Snapple facts: it could be true, it could be false. The enjoyment comes from speculation. The Bloody Mary cocktail supposedly got its name after a recurring guest named Mary, who would sit at the bar being frequently left waiting for her lover.

While she sat waiting, she would drink Pete’s tomato and vodka cocktails and received the name Bloody Mary after Queen Mary the firstborn in 1516-1558 (often confused with Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587, who was beheaded). The correlation between the two Marys, I suppose, would be their shared suffering due to a broken heart. Just wanted to clarify for any history sticklers out there.

Who is Queen Mary? Queen Mary AKA Mary the 1st of England AKA Mary Tutor, Daughter of King Henry VIII, was not exactly known to be a joyous individual. She was fueled by misery and bitterness, and her determination to reverse the English reformation created during her fathers’ reign had people often executed.

Queen Mary I of England

Both accused and spectators (pretty much anyone she wanted) would be burned at the stake, without mercy. Very Game of Thrones, but still a dubious story. For more information on Queen Mary’s ruthlessness reign, check out this video by The Infographics Show to find out why she was so angry/bloody in the first place.

Other sources tell us that the name was suggested by one of the regulars who said it reminded him of one of the girls who worked at a bar named “The Bucket of Blood Club” in Chicago and was nicknamed Bloody Mary. Much more underwhelming. Shall we move on to the cocktail?

Three variations on the Bloody Mary


Bloody mary aficionados are fiercely divided on the subject of gin versus vodka (strictly speaking, the first turns the drink into a red snapper, which I happen to think answers the question). Though I favour the first for a martini, I reckon the cleaner flavour of vodka works better with the hullabaloo of other ingredients in a bloody mary – as indeed do the authors of almost every recipe I try, save for that from the Hawksmoor recipe book, which calls for a good gin infused with fresh horseradish. (NB this is for their bloody mary no 7 – for the classic no 4, the steak people use vodka instead.) Whatever the spirit, the horseradish infusion lends a pleasantly peppery kick, without the slight harshness that I find comes with adding the grated stuff direct.

Many moons ago, I drank an extraordinarily good bloody mary in a bar in Bristol, and discovered the barman's secret was the terminally unfashionable local tipple, Bristol cream sherry. It adds a subtle sweetness and richness to the drink and, as it turns out, it's not actually that original: Lindsey Bareham rinses the glass with sherry in her Big Red Book of Tomatoes, while Victoria Moore specifies bone-dry fino or the slightly fuller amontillado sherry, saying that for her: "It's the sherry that really makes [the drink], bridging the gulf between the hot but clean spirit and the fruity tomatoes."

Recipe: Mr & Mrs T Spicy Bloody Mary

Needing an AM pick-me-up? Try this Bloody Mary recipe for a smooth, spicy, and savory addition to your day. Perfect for a brunch with your friends, or a delicious treat for a romantic breakfast in bed. This delicious recipe is the perfect upgrade to your traditional bloody mary! Pro tip: customize the garnishes with your favorite vegetables! We recommend trying a slice of jalapeno.


  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Mr & Mrs T Bold and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) vodka
  • About 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1/8 teaspoon horseradish (optional)
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 dash of celery salt
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 olives


In an 11-ounce highball glass full of ice, add the shot of vodka. Then add in lime juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, horseradish and pepper. Add in Mr & Mrs T Bold and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix . Stir. Sprinkle celery salt on top to taste. Garnish with a stalk of celery and 2 olives on a toothpick, and enjoy!

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This will be the best Bloody Mary drink you will ever make. You can of course add garnishes such as shrimp or olives. All your friends will want the recipe but you will just say that its a family secret!

Yes this is the best recipe for bloody marys

I was pumped to try it, got all ingredients together and was crushing the celery seeds then noticed the amount was omitted from ingredients list. I'm going to wing it since I have all the stuff on the countertop but please let me know how much to use. I'm new to this site and forgot to look over the app before posting so I hope the author of this recipe gets notice of my post.

I tried this recipe and was pleasantly surprised at how great it tasted probably among the best that I have had! I will continue to make this drink for my guests the same way.


Step 1

Place first 6 ingredients in large pot. Add enough water just to cover (about 6 cups). Bring to boil reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until vegetables are very soft, about 50 minutes.

Step 2

Discard bay leaf. Add 1 tablespoon coarse salt and lemon juice cool slightly. Working in batches, puree vegetable mixture in blender until smooth. Add enough water, if needed, to measure 8 cups. Cover and chill.

Step 3

Grind celery seeds with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt in mortar with pestle or in spice grinder. Add celery-seed salt, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, horseradish, black pepper, hot chili sauce, and Guinness, if desired, to vegetable puree. Cover and chill Bloody Mary mix overnight.

Step 4

Stir Bloody Mary mix and vodka or gin in large pitcher. Fill tall glasses with ice. Divide Bloody Mary among glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and pickled vegetables.

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Fresh Heirloom Tomato Bloody Marys.

I’ve found it! The bloody mary cocktail that I can’t get enough of.

Crazy, right?! The best bloody mary recipe that I’m actually into is not something I thought I’d find this summer.

And who would have ever thought a bloody mary could be SO pretty?

It’s no secret that I don’t loooove bloody marys.

For years I’ve documented my distaste for tomato sauce that started (or just… existed?) when I was a kid. I’ve never loved anything tomato-sauce based. At all!

But bloody marys have also been my “coffee” of this decade. And what I mean by that is that I WANT to like them. I mean, I want to love them. I want to sit at brunch and order a bloody mary that has all kinds of stuff on top, like tacos and pizza and cheeseburgers. Or heck, I’d even be happy with just bacon and olives.

P.S. my favorite bloody mary on the internet is this green monster version. Isn’t it amazing?!

Another reason for my complete horror at bloody marys is because they tend to have soooo much celery in them. And celery is the worst. It’s something that I’m almost positive I will never enjoy. The only thing coming in at a close second is fennel seeds. And then raisins, of course.

Oddly enough, I don’t really mind celery salt. Because it’s not so much the flavor, it’s the texture and/or the weird stringy crunch of the veg. So don’t yell at me: you will find a touch of celery salt here! Oooooh.

Anyway! The thing is that when I was pregnant with Max, I kind of got into tomato saucy things. It was minimal, of course, compared to others. But it stuck. And then I developed the recipe for our favorite Bolognese in The Pretty Dish. And I can say with certainty that it’s probably one of my favorite recipes of all time. I could even eat it weekly!

When I gave bloody marys another try, I realized that as long as I was in control of the base, I even semi-enjoyed them. That meant using tequila instead of vodka and that led to the twisted bacon bloody maria in The Pretty Dish too. OMG – now that is celery-free heaven.

Inspired by all the stunning gem heirloom tomatoes here (we have the best tomatoes ever in PA!), I wanted to make a fresher base with an heirloom juice. I envisioned it to be just like a fresh rainbow juice that swirls together, and I was right! That takes a little extra work, meaning you blend the colors of tomatoes separately (really just for fun, you know?), but the end result is so fresh and pretty.

Then it’s combined with some spices and seasonings that sauces that you’d normally reserve for something savory. Finish it with a smoked paprika rim. And it tastes GOOD.

The Best Ever Bloody Mary Recipe

I am about to change your life as I once hated bloody marys. This is the Canadian version (called a caesar) and just has one major change that will change everything you maybe didn’t like or will add extra things you will like to your bloody mary.

I literally have made this for 143 Americans who like bloody marys and all made the switch over to the caesar. The best thing about the caesar is it is less thick than a bloody mary and has a touch of added salty taste, which typically if you’re drinking this hungover than your body is craving it some added salt.

For those who don’t know a Caesar is a bloody mary that walks on water. It comes without the thick sauce texture of bloody mary mix and adds the addition of a nice salty brine that your body craves after a hangover. Don’t let the Clamato scare you away as there is no fishy or sea taste to Clamato juice.

Side note: I hate when people add extra unnecessary things to my bloody mary or caesar… no i don’t want hard cold bacon nor do I want a slider. In fact I find it quite presumptuous you think I want a slider and keep me from ordering food myself yet adding $3 to the drink I want. Don’t get started on celery you cheap bars out there, no one wants celery so stop being cheap and give us something spicy-pickled.

4 Tips For Making the Best Drink

When making a drink for people and you want them to love the experience you need to appeal to 4 senses. You must make it taste good of course, it needs to have a pleasant aroma thus sometimes adding a herb garnish helps, it should look beautiful clearly and then they must feel a nice ambiance and setting when trying the drink.

I can help you with the first 3 but the ambiance is on you… music, clean up, give them a shot so they are already getting drunk and everything is fun… up to you :).

One AMAZING way to add to your drink ambiance and appeal to all senses is infuse your liquor. Infusing liquor is the greatest lie in drink creation as what sounds extremely impressive is really just you pouring liquor into a jar and adding 1-2 ingredients then letting it sit for 1-7 days… or even 1 hour and just lying to your guests.

Infused liquor makes you look like some planned, smart super-hero that would do anything to host people. It will impress them and has you already 5 steps ahead on appealing to all of the senses.

How To Make The Perfect Bloody Mary

When you begin to think about classic cocktails, the Bloody Mary is one that often creeps up. Many say the brunch cocktail acts as a "hangover cure" and basically a meal AND drink in one. So, it only made sense we came up with three delicious recipes so that you really can make the perfect Bloody Mary.

What is a Bloody Mary?

A Bloody Mary is typically made up of a mix of tomato juice and vodka. Yep, I know, it sounds interesting, but trust us. This will soon become your favourite brunch cocktail.

Where did the Bloody Mary come from?

The Bloody Mary is meant to have been created by barman Fernand Petiot, who is said to have invented the combination of vodka and tomato juice at Harry&rsquos Bar in Paris in 1921 and then refined the recipe in New York in the 1930s by adding lemon, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper.

Do I have to add chilli flakes?

Nope! The Bloody Mary is completely adaptable. You can make the drink as spicy or mild a you like.

What do I serve it in?

Bloody Marys work best served in a tall highball glass for ultimate brunch drinking feels.

Big fan of Bloody Marys? Then you'll love our Bloody Mary Ice Cubes and Bloody Mary Pops!

  • 1 tablespoon celery salt or (or plain kosher salt, if you prefer)
  • 1/4 lemon, cut into two wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or less to taste)
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Franks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish (or 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish)
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces high-quality tomato juice
  • 1 stick celery

Place celery salt in a shallow saucer. Rub rim of 12-ounce tumbler with 1 lemon wedge and coat wet edge with celery salt. Place lemon wedge on rim of glass. Fill glass with ice.

Add Worcestershire, soy, black pepper, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and horseradish to bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, tomato juice, and juice of remaining lemon wedge. Shake vigorously, taste for seasoning and heat, and adjust as necessary. Strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with celery stalk and serve immediately.

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