Traditional Bloody Mary

January 1 was National Bloody Mary day – so I made some Bloody Marys!    We used vodka as well as a couple of other variations (see below).  It’s a great drink for brunch.

What you need:

  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Garnish such as celery, green olives, pepperoncini peppers, bacon

How to Do it:

Place all the ingredients except the garnish in a large pitcher and stir, making sure to mix it all well.  (A wire whisk works great).

Put ice into four 8-10 oz. glasses and pour the mixture over the ice.  Use your choice of garnish (the classic is celery –  I used them all!)

Makes 4 drinks

Here are some variations to make not using vodka:

  • Use tequila to make a bloody Maria
  • Beer instead of hard alcohol is refreshing – a Beery Mary (my husband’s creation)
  • No alcohol at all – a Virgin Mary.  I like to add a splash of lemon infused sparkling water to it.


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