Who doesn’t love a drink that can double as a veggie appetizer for your favorite brunch? This Bloody Mary Recipe is fun, zippy and surprisingly, offers some important nutrients!
Often touted as a hangover remedy, the Bloody Mary is much more than that.
With this flavor-packed drink you have the rich full taste of tomato juice, kicked up a few notches with zesty spices and garnished with crunchy veggies.
You can make this drink as spicy as you choose and if you want to make it loaded, it can become something close to a small meal! You choose how you’d like to personalize this recipe and create the best Bloody Mary to suit your preferences. Let’s get started!
Bloody Mary Recipe Ingredient Spotlight
Every single ingredient in this recipe is way easy to shop for. Check your cupboards and fridge first, because you probably have some of these items on hand and can cross them off of your list before you even leave home.
Ingredient 1 : Tomato Juice-
Choose a tomato juice that you really like. Don’t scrimp here. This is the main ingredient and every other flavor detail depends on it. You can also use a vegetable juice cocktail that contains tomato juice with a variety of other veggie juices.
Ingredient 2 : Vodka-
Vodka is the alcohol that turns this tomato juice drink into an adult beverage and for many, is the main reason Bloody Marys exist. It may sound funny, but this ingredient is completely optional. Yes, technically your drink won’t be a true Blood Mary without vodka, more of a Virgin Mary, but if you choose not to partake of alcohol, you can still enjoy all the tastiness this recipe has to offer.
Ingredient 3 : Worcestershire Sauce-
Worcestershire sauce is traditional in Bloody Mary Recipe making. It adds fullness and rich dimension to the flavor profile. Beware though, regular worcestershire sauce is NOT vegan. Nope. Most of the brands in the supermarket contain anchovies or fish sauce. Read your labels before using or buying. There are vegan versions out there. I found a good one at Whole Foods Market. If you don’t care for any kind of Worcestershire Sauce just sub in some soy sauce.
Ingredient 4: Hot Sauce-
Bloody Marys and hot sauce go together. A little heat (or a lot, whatever you prefer) brings all the other elements together. You can make this beverage as spicy hot as you like. I won’t tell you which hot sauce to splash into your glass. There are so many! Enjoy the experience of deciding. If you don’t tolerate hot spices, just omit this ingredient and enjoy the other amazing flavors.
Step-by-step instructions for Bloody Mary Recipe
Time needed: 8 minutes.
You’ll be taking your first delicious sip in no time at all!
- STEP 1
Start by rimming your glass with the Old Bay. To rim the glass pour about ½ a Tsp of the Old Bay Seasoning on a small plate. Next using a lime slice, run it all the way around the rim of the glass so that it’s visibly wet. Dip the rim of the glass into the Old Bay Seasoning, rotating the glass all the way around until the rim is covered.
- STEP 2
Fill glass with ice & set aside.
- STEP 3
In a cocktail shaker add one cup of ice, pour in vodka and tomato juice.
- STEP 4
Next, add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, celery seed and ½ Tsp of Old Bay Seasoning into the shaker. Secure the lid onto the shaker.
- STEP 5
- STEP 6
Pour your drink into a rimmed glass and garnish by placing fresh dill and celery in the glass. Then add a Cherry Tomato, Cucumber Slice, and Lime Slice to the top!
Creating the best Bloody Mary is satisfying and delicious. With such a craveworthy flavor profile, you’ll enjoy this drink year round. Make a single just for yourself or make a whole bunch to entertain guests. It will be a major hit!
- Full of savory, spiciness
- A fun yummy choice for any brunch menu
- So good you’ll want to make it again and again
- Quick, easy and affordable
HOLLY’S INSIDER PRO TIPS FOR BLOODY MARY RECIPE
Do a different rim
You can substitute salt or smoked paprika for the Old Bay Seasoning. A nice rim is visually appealing and adds to the flavors of the cocktail as well. Use your imagination to customize your drink and really make it your own.
Load up on your garnish
You can also maximize your garnish. Other options include: mini sweet peppers, pickles, cilantro, olives, or even carrot sticks. Create a mini veggie tray in your glass! Adding more vegetables boosts the eye appeal as well as the nutrient content.
Try a different alcohol
Alway know that a Bloody Mary can be made without any alcohol. It’s ok to say no thanks to booze. For those who like to include this ingredient, how about trying something outside of the box like gin (red snapper), aquavit, sherry, extra dry vermouth, bourbon, or tequila (Bloody Maria). You might discover something new you really love.
Bloody Mary Recipe FAQS
Yes and no. From the tomato juice and the veggies, you will get electrolytes, water, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, lycopene, and carotenoids. Hey, not bad! This is why some people swear by Bloody Marys as a hangover remedy. Sorry, in case you didn’t already know, vodka has no health benefits at all.
Sure. Some are better tasting than others, but a premade mix will speed up your preparation time. You can add whatever you want from this recipe to enhance your beverage.
You have to use great ingredients. A quality tomato or vegetable juice with tomato base and fresh ingredients, including the spices, will make all the difference. Your garnish elements need to be crispy, pretty and extra fresh too. You can make something visually amazing as well as delicious!
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Who doesn't love a drink that can double as a veggie appetizer for your favorite brunch? This bloody mary recipe is fun, zippy, and surprisingly offers some important nutrients
- 4 oz tomato juice
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 teaspoon vegan worcestershire sauce
- 2-3 drop hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 Tablespoon Old Bay seasoning divided
- 1 lime slice
- 1 sprig fresh dill
- 1 cherry tomato
- 1 stick celery
- 1 cucumber slice
Start by rimming your glass with the Old Bay (See Notes Below). Fill glass with ice & set aside.
In a cocktail shaker add one cup of ice, pour in vodka and tomato juice. Next, add Worcestershire sauce and Hot Sauce into the shaker. Finally, add celery seed and ½ Tsp of Old Bay Seasoning. Secure lid onto shaker. Shake vigorously.
Pour your drink into a rimmed glass. Garnish by placing fresh dill and celery in the glass. Thenadd a Cherry Tomato, Cucumber Slice, and Lime Slice to the top!
Rimming the glass: To rim the glass pour about ½ a Tsp of the Old Bay Seasoning on a small plate. Next using a lime slice, run it all the way around the rim of the glass so that it’s visibly wet. Dip the rim of the glass into the Old Bay Seasoning, rotating the glass all the way around until the rim is covered.
You can also substitute the Old Bay Seasoning for Sea Salt or even Smoked Paprika. A nice rim is visually appealing but, also adds to the flavors of the cocktail as well.
You can also customize your garnish , other options include: mini sweet peppers, pickles, cilantro, olives, or even carrot sticks!