Hey there, party animals, are you looking for a decent Bloody Mary recipe? The hair of the dog? The fix-me-upper? If your friends are about to knock on your door for brunch, we’ve got you covered with the famous morning-after-the-night-before cocktail.
Bloody Mary cocktail tips and tricks
To make your Bloody Mary recipe really great, choose good quality tomato juice—it should be thick and rich. You can also add freshly pressed red bell pepper juice for a fully-rounded flavor. For a more complex flavor, pair the tomato juice with other veggie juices. To balance out the acidity and spices of the cocktail, you can add a bit of dill pickle juice or a dash of maple syrup.
If you have vegan and vegetarian friends, don’t use Worcestershire sauce as it contains anchovies. Opt for soy sauce to add that lovely deep umami taste. When adding heat to your Bloody Mary, err on the side of caution. Remember you can always add more spice and seasoning, but you can’t take it out once it’s in there. And remember: don’t shake it but rather build the ingredients in a mixing glass, pour it out into another mixing glass, and repeat. This helps balance all the flavors.
Bloody Mary garnish ideas
There are loads of Bloody Mary garnish variations, so have some fun! From classic celery and lemon to stuffed olives, crispy bacon, shrimp, and even buffalo wings. If you stick to hors d’oeuvre-style garnishes, the sky is the limit!
For the best brunch cocktails, serve your Bloody Marys with a tray filled with different garnish options so your friends can create their own taste sensation.
Top tip: You can mix up a big pitcher to easily serve your friends when they arrive.
Why is this cocktail called Bloody Mary?
The Bloody Mary recipe was born somewhere between the 1920s and 1930s. There are a few different claims about where it originated, and you can choose which story you prefer.
One popular theory is that it was developed in 1921 at The New York Bar in Paris (a popular hangout for Ernest Hemingway and fellow Americans in France). Apparently, the original Bloody Mary cocktail ingredients were spontaneously mixed and consisted only of vodka and tomato juice. This version was known as Bucket of Blood. Yikes!
Another story is that this cocktail was named after Queen Mary Tudor and her bloody rule over England. The tomato juice is meant to signify bloodshed. Double yikes! Then finally, an ad from the era claims the Bloody Mary was named after comedic entertainer George Jessel’s friend, Mary Geraghty. We prefer this one.
Bloody Mary ingredients and recipe
Now that you know its origin and some handy tips to make the best Bloody Mary recipe, it’s time to get creative and kickstart your day.