Cocktails

How To Make The Most Perfect Bloody Mary

bloody mary with drumsticks, cheese, olives, bacon, and donuts

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The bloody mary has been a classic cocktail since the 1920s, so everyone has their version of the perfect early morning cocktail.

I am willing to bet that most of you Bloody Mary fans believe your recipe is the best, so I want to know about it!If you make my recipe and think yours is better, send me an email, post a comment, DM me on Instagram, I don’t care how you reach me, I want to try your recipe.

How I Learned To Make The Perfect Bloody Mary

When I first graduated, I worked at a this small dive bar in Wheeling, WV. To give you an idea, the menu consisted mainly of fried food, the busiest days were when there was a Steelers or WVU football game, and most of the people that came to the bar ordered beer or a classic rum & coke. There was one older woman who would come to the bar around 4:00 every afternoon and ordered a long island iced tea and read her book. It was wonderful. On our slow days, behind the bar we would learn how to make all kinds of cocktails.

There was one customer in particular, a real bloody mary snob, who was very picky about her bloody marys – my mother. The first bloody mary I gave to her was just ice, vodka, and bloody mary mix, and boy did she tell me how plain it was!

Bloody mary
Bloody mary rimmed with chili powder and red pepper and garnished with celery, donuts, cheese, olives, bacon, and a drumstick.

With a little guidance, and thousands of bloody marys later, I can tell you that this bloody mary recipe is not just tomato juice.

Bloody Mary Toppings

I love that over the years, I’ve seen some shocking and delicious full meals on top of bloody marys. Rarely, does one serve a bloody mary with just a lemon and lime. You have to make it wow people. ( If you want to!)

For me, I love trying to play with all kinds of toppings. I’ve added fried drumsticks, cheese, powdered donuts, an avocado, the possibilities are endless.

Stout Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Bloody Mary Mix (I used Stout Bloody Mary mix; use ENDLESSBRUNCH10 for 15% off and free shipping)
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 0z Sparkling Water (optional)
  • For Garnish
    • Chili pepper for the rim (optional)
    • Celery
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Olives
    • Bacon or meat stick
    • Half an Avocado (optional)
    • Feta (optional)

Directions for the Bloody Mary

  1. *Skip to 4 if you don’t want to rim your glass. Pour chilli powder onto a plate.
  2. Rub a lemon or lime wedge around your glass.
  3. Roll the outer edge of the glass in chili powder until fully coated, then fill the glass with ice and set aside.
  4. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the vodka, tabasco, worcestershire, pepper, sparkling water ingredients with ice and shake gently. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with celery, a lemon & lime wedge, olive, bacon, half an avocado, feta

Bloody Mary

Cocktail American
By Tori Mason Serves: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes Cooking Time: 3 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes

This is a tried and true bloody mary recipe that makes a perfect morning cocktail.

Ingredients

  • Bloody Mary
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Bloody Mary Mix (I used Stout Bloody Mary mix)
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 0z Sparkling Water (optional)
  • Garnish
  • Chili pepper for the rim (optional)
  • Celery
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Olives
  • Half an Avocado (optional)
  • Feta (optional)

Instructions

1

*Skip to 4 if you don't want to rim your glass. Pour chilli powder onto a plate.

2

Rub a lemon or lime wedge around your glass.

3

Roll the outer edge of the glass in chili powder until fully coated, then fill the glass with ice and set aside.

4

Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the vodka, tabasco, worcestershire, pepper, sparkling water ingredients with ice and shake gently. Strain into the prepared glass.

5

Garnish with celery, a lemon & lime wedge, olive, bacon, half an avocado, feta

Notes

Sometimes I like to add more or less hot sauce depending on my mood. Also, adding a dash of Sriracha gives it an extra kick.

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