Bloody Mary cocktail recipe
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The Bloody Mary is a savory cocktail made with tomato juice, vodka, and Tabasco. Would you like to make this cocktail yourself? Check out the cocktail recipe.

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Glass Longdrink glass
Flavor Savoury
Method average
Strength Average
Drink Vodka
Time 6 minutes
Amount 1 cocktail


  • Vodka 30 ml
  • Tomato juice 90 ml
  • Worcestershire sauce 2-3 drops
  • Tabasco 2-3 drops
  • Lemon juice squeeze
  • Celery 1 stick

Bar tools

  • Jigger
  • Bar spoon


  • You make the Bloody Mary in a long drink glass
  • Start by filling the glass with ice cubes
  • Using a jigger, add 30 ml of vodka
  • Next, add tomato juice until the glass is 90% full
  • Now add Worcestershire sauce (2-3 drops) and Tabasco (2-3 drops)
  • Squeeze a quarter of a lemon into the glass
  • Stir well with a bar spoon to mix everything thoroughly and taste to ensure the flavor is spicy enough
  • Finally, add black pepper on top
  • Garnish with celery, lemon, and a skewer with savory garnishes
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Tip: Garnish your Bloody Mary generously. Pinterest and Instagram are full of bombastic and creative garnishes.

Tips for the Perfect Bloody Mary

  • Experiment with the amount of Tabasco and lemon juice to adjust the spiciness and acidity to your taste.
  • Use fresh tomato juice for the best flavor; personally, I find Big Tom ideal for the Bloody Mary because of its spicy taste.
  • Try different types of vodka to see which suits your taste preferences best.
  • Serve with a straw and a spoon so you can mix the flavors well while drinking.
  • Garnish generously with savory toppings. Pickles, bacon, olives, mini hamburgers—the more, the better!

The Legend of Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a cocktail with an eerie and haunting backstory. According to legend, many people warn against calling out Bloody Mary’s name three times at night. It is believed that if you do so, Mary will appear in the mirror with a disfigured face, holding her dead baby in her arms. Her eyes will be rolled back or completely white, creating a spine-chilling experience.

Cocktail as a hangover cure

The Bloody Mary is a popular drink known for being consumed after a night of drinking when you have a hangover. So, if you had a good night out, start your day with a hearty breakfast and a Bloody Mary. Though you might not feel like it, some people swear by it! It’s no surprise that this cocktail is offered on many brunch menus in restaurants.

Variations: Bloody Maria or Red Snapper

The “Bloody Maria” is the Mexican sister of the Bloody Mary. This one isn’t made with vodka, but you guessed it… with tequila. It is often served with a spicy rim of Habañero or cayenne. If you prefer gin with your tomato juice, then you should try making a “Red Snapper”.

Common mistakes

This cocktail is simple, but it can be tricky to perfect. Read these instructions before getting started: 1

  1. Too much vodka: It’s tempting to add too much vodka, but this can overpower the flavor of the tomato juice and other ingredients. It’s important to measure accurately to maintain a balanced taste.
  2. Insufficient spiciness: The Bloody Mary is known for its spicy and savory flavor. Not adding enough Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, or lemon juice can result in a bland cocktail that lacks its characteristic taste.
  3. Use of old tomato juice: Fresh tomato juice is ideal for a fresh and vibrant flavor. Using old tomato juice can result in a stale or less flavorful cocktail.
  4. Incorrect garnish: A Bloody Mary is typically served with celery, lemon, and olives as garnish. Not adding these garnishes can diminish the presentation and flavor experience.
  5. Improper shaking: It’s essential to shake the ingredients well to mix them thoroughly and blend the flavors. Improper shaking can result in a disjointed cocktail.
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