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Bloody Mary Cocktail

This bloody Mary cocktail recipe has just the right balance of spice and sweet to make it a fabulous and delicious accompaniment to your next brunch.

Olives and slices of bacon on picks in two glasses filled with the cocktailPin

I was gifted three jars of high quality horseradish from Silver Spring Foods and since I received them free, I need to disclose that this post is #sponsored. Everything I say about this product, however, reflects my own thoughts and opinions.

I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t enjoy a good Bloody Mary. Have you? Possibly it’s because this cocktail is so easy to mix and customize to individual tastes. That’s what I love about it!

What makes it customizable?

For one thing, you can concoct your own version of what is packaged and sold as “Bloody Mary Mix,” like I do. I’m not against using pre-made mixes, which can be super convenient. But they usually lack flavor, in my opinion.

Or has too much of one ingredient and not enough of another.

I also customize by using premium ingredients, a lot of horseradish, and Clamato juice, which, if you haven’t had it before, is a delicious mix of tomato juice and clam juice.

So good.

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How to make a bloody Mary cocktail

Pre-step

Get a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Also get a measuring glass, 4 martini picks and tall glasses.

After measuring out the ingredients, add to the shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – vodka, tomato juice, Clamato juice, olive brine, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, lemon juice and some ground pepper.

Vodka, lemon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, olives, tomato and clamato juicePin

Step two

Measure out 4 ounces of vodka. (A)

Step three

Measure 4 ounces of Clamato juice. (B)

Left - vodka measured out with the bottle behind it. Right - clamato juice measured out with the bottle and shaker behindPin

Step four

Measure out 4 ounces of tomato juice. (C)

Step five

Measure out .50 ounce of olive brine. My favorite is the brine from the Pearls brand of olives that are packaged in martini vermouth. Yum.

Left - tomato juice measured with the can and shaker behind it. Right - olive juice measured out with the bottle and shaker behindPin

Step six

Measure out .50 ounce of lemon juice. (E)

Step seven

Now for the fun part: adding all the spices and such.

First up is the prepared horseradish from Silver Spring. Their horseradish is out of this world. I am not a stranger to this brand and luckily the grocery store near me has it in stock. I highly recommend it. Order it from their website and get 15% off using the coupon code ELAINE15 at checkout.

I measure out 2 teaspoons of the prepared horseradish.

Left - lemon measured out with the lemon and shaker behind. Right - horseradish in a teaspoon with the jar behind itPin

Step eight

You can use as much or as little of these two ingredients as you like but here’s what I like to add.

Shake 6 dashes of Tabasco sauce and 6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce. (G)

Step nine

Earlier, I fried up two pieces of bacon, blotted them dry and put them on martini picks while they were still malleable.

Now I also spear 4 olives – 2 on each pick. (H)

Left - horseradish, tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in the shaker. Right - a white plate with two olives and bacon on skewersPin

Step ten

Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds.

I place new ice in the glasses and strain and divide the contents of the shaker between the two glasses.

I grind the pepper a few times over the glasses and place my speared olives and bacon in the cocktails.

A rocks glass filled with the tomato cocktail with two picks of garnish in front of a flared glassPin

Let’s see a close up.

Two tall glasses with the bloody mary in them with garnish on picksPin

Look at the floating horseradish! So good.

Vertical view of the flared glass in front of the high ball glass filled with the cocktail and olives and bacon as garnishPin

Yay, time to imbibe!

I hope you enjoyed this bloody Mary cocktail recipe!

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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A tall flared glass filled with the red cocktail with horseradish floating. There are olives and a piece of bacon as garnish - squarePin

Bloody Mary Cocktail

This delicious Bloody Mary is sure to be a crowd pleaser!! Serve it at your next brunch!
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: bloody mary, bloody mary cocktail, brunch cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktail
Calories: 205kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 4 ounces Clamato juice
  • .50 ounce olive brine
  • 6 dashes Tobasco sauce
  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • .50 ounce lemon juice
  • ground pepper

Garnish

    Pimento olive for garnish

    Instructions

    • Fill your shaker 1/2 full with ice
    • Add vodka, tomato juice and Clamato juice
      4 ounces vodka, 4 ounces tomato juice, 4 ounces Clamato juice
    • Add olive brine, Tobasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and lemon juice
      .50 ounce olive brine, 6 dashes Tobasco sauce, 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoon prepared horseradish, .50 ounce lemon juice
    • Cap shaker and shake for 15 seconds
    • Add fresh ice to the glasses and strain and divide the ingredients between them
    • Add garnish
      2 pieces bacon, 4 green olives
    • Freshly grind pepper on top of the drinks
      ground pepper
    • Sip
    • Smile
    • Enjoy
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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 259mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 24.8mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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    Previously published in May of 2016.

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    16 Comments

    1. i wish i had a blood mary right now! this looks great. and i seriously suck at making cocktails – so thanks for the recipe.

      1. Thalia,

        Bloody Mary’s always hit the spot!! Unless they are too spicy, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Elaine

    2. I love having one of these with my brunch. Somehow, it doesn’t seem like brunch unless it’s accompanied by a bloody Mary!

    3. The clamato juice makes this really delicious! I love serving this for brunch with my husband! It’s a favorite of ours.

    4. Your cocktail is what I was looking for. Yes, there are millions of Bloody Mary’s, but yours is the best. It is so true: it is the right balance of spice and sweet!