Lazy Sunday mornings call for time with the people closest to you. For taking in a little peace, and of course good food and drinks. One of the best ways I know of to finish off brunch with family or friends is by sipping on a classic Bloody Mary. It’s iconic, refreshing and, if you happen to be feeling a little under the weather from a late Saturday, helps clear the fog a bit.
Yes, there are hundreds, if not thousands of variations on the classic Bloody Mary recipe. You’ve got the bacon Bloody Mary, the cheeseburger Bloody Mary and even the shrimp cocktail Bloody Mary. All of these are fine. But for the most part I think the classic is the way to go in this case. It’s simple, packed with flavor, and it couldn’t be easier to throw together. If you haven’t been making your own Bloody Mary’s at home, you should be!
If we’re talking looks, the Bloody Mary is striking. It graces the eyes as well as the table with rich, deep reds and vibrant green colors. It’s a festive drink that’s perfect for formal affairs. How can you look at this drink and not feel happy?
And for the kicker. If you’re not the type who cares to indulge in the morning, just leave out the vodka and you’ve got a Virgin Mary. So while this recipe is for a single drink, you most definitely want to adapt this classic Bloody Mary recipe to fill a pitcher sans-booze, so anyone can enjoy it.
Do you have a favorite Bloody Mary recipe? is there some addition to the classic that gets your heart racing? Please feel free to let us know in the comments or on social media.
- 2 ounces good vodka (non-flavored)
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- A dash of lemon juice
- A pinch of celery salt
- 4 grinds coarsely ground black pepper
- 2 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- Good clear ice
- Celery stalks for garnish
- Mix vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, celery salt, pepper, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce in a mixing glass.
- Pour over ice in a large tumbler. Garnish with celery stalks and lemon wedges if desired
What I would have done differently…
I prefer the classic. But a little bacon never hurts either, so I definitely recommend adding bacon straws to the mix.
Links to other Bloody Mary Recipes
- The Best Bloody Mary Recipe and a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, from Foodie Crush
- Brewed Mary: Beer Bloody Mary, from The Beeroness
- Yellow Tomato Bloody Mary Recipe, from 101 Cookbooks