In the end! I have a Bloody Mary recipe for you. (And for me.) Most store-bought Bloody Mary mixes are full of preservatives and other nonsense.
I’ve wanted a great homemade option for years, but my previous attempts either tasted flat or dumped me for a glass of water.
I know Bloody Marys are a polarizing cocktail, but I look forward to sharing this recipe with my fellow Bloody Mary lovers. (Can I get you interested in a mimosa on the Bloody Mary haters?)
These Bloody Marys are made from basic ingredients, but at the same time taste fresh, spicy and complex. Invite your friends, conjure up these cocktails in a blender (you can make four at a time) and enjoy!
How to Make the Best Bloody Mary
Start with high quality ingredients
The tomato juice is the base of your cocktail, so choose a good one! I buy organic because tomatoes are usually rich in pesticide residues. The organic tomato juice from R.W. Knudsen is my favorite.
Also choose a good quality vodka. Titos is made in Austin, Texas and is my vodka of choice.
Add fresh cucumber, garlic, and black pepper
Freshly peeled and pitted cucumbers disappear completely in the tomato juice mixture, but give a lot of fresh taste.
Fresh garlic and freshly ground black pepper are also important flavors. You’ll add these after you’ve blended the mixture smoothly. You can then blend the mixture for a few seconds to keep its texture. Or you can blend it in completely smooth. Up to you!
Do a few at a time
You really don’t want to make these cocktails individually – it’s a lot easier to make four drinks in your blender at the same time!
You can cut the recipe in half to make just two cocktails. If your blender has a large capacity, you may be able to double the recipe (you can just stir in the vodka at the end to avoid overflowing).
Top with funny side dishes
I like to use fresh side dishes such as celery stalks or small heirloom carrots, mini peppers or cherry tomatoes as well as fresh lemon or lime. Also add something salty, like dill pickles, pickled okra, or cocktail olives.
Pro tip: serve with a glass of water
They combine alcohol and [salty] Tomato juice here that are dehydrating ingredients. Be sure to drink water on the side!
Homemade Bloody Mary cocktails
- Preparation time: 10 mins
- Cooking time: 0 minutes
- Total time: 10 mins
- Yield: 4th Cocktails 1x
- Category: cocktail
- Method: Mixed
- Kitchen: American
Make Bloody Mary cocktails at home with this delicious recipe! This Bloody Mary mix is made from the ground up using basic ingredients. It’s perfect for your next brunch. The recipe makes 4 cocktails.
- 32 ounces ((4 cups) Tomato juice
- 8 ounces ((1 cup) Vodka
- 1 medium to large cucumber, peeled and pitted
- ⅓ cup distilled vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Celery seeds (no celery salt!)
- 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce*
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce (I used tapatío), more to taste
- 1 teaspoon (About 50 Twists) freshly ground black pepper
- 2 medium-sized garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
- ¼ teaspoon Salt, optional
- Lemon or lime wedges
- Kosher salt for the rims of your glasses, optional (add chili powder if you’d like)
- Lots of ice to serve
- Garnishes (choose any): celery sticks, thin leaf-topped carrots, mini peppers, cherry tomatoes, dill pickle sticks, pickled okra, and / or green cocktail olives
- In a blender, combine tomato juice, vodka, cucumber, vinegar, celery seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Securely clip the lid and blend at high speed until completely smooth.
- Try and add more hot sauce for more heat (it will taste pretty intense now as the mixture has not yet cooled over ice). Add the black pepper and garlic. Attach the lid securely and blend for a few seconds (or longer to get a completely smooth texture). Try and stir in ¼ teaspoon of salt for more overall flavor if you want (brands of tomato juice vary based on salt content, so that’s up to you). Put aside.
- If you want to top off your glasses with salt, run a lemon or lime wedge around the outer rim. Pour kosher salt onto a small plate (mix in chili powder if you’d like) and roll the damp edge of the glass over the salt at a 45-degree angle. Repeat with the remaining glasses.
- Fill the glasses with ice and pour the Bloody Mary mixture on top. Stir with a spoon and garnish with a lemon or lime wedge and side dishes of your choice. Serve immediately.
Recommended vodka: I prefer Tito’s. Whatever you use, make sure it is of good quality.
* Make it vegetarian / vegan / fish free: Most Worcestershire sauces contain anchovies. So be sure to use the vegan Worcestershire sauce. I like Whole Foods 365 or Annie’s brands.