Bloody Mary

Never has there been a cocktail with so much versatility, claims to fame and fun as the Bloody Mary!

This drink hails from Harry's New York Bar in Paris, and was first mixed by "Pete" Petoit. When Pete came back to New York City in the 1930's, he introduced the Red Snapper as America's first Bloody Mary. It was made with Gin, as Vodka was just emerging as a new spirit to American palates.

The name may be attributed to Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry VIII, who was declared illegitimate when Henry divorced her mother in 1532 to marry Anne Boleyn. She had a brief five year tenure as Queen and managed to kill off most of her Protestant adversaries. She was known as "Bloody Mary".

Another account is that a patron said it reminded him of a girl named Mary he knew at the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago.

Regardless of its origins, the Bloody Mary is a true classic cocktail. It is still alive, refreshing, a great hangover cure, an aperitif, and more creative to the amateur mixer than any drink could be!

The basic ingredients for a Bloody Mary are:

  • Tomato Juice or V-8 (which is a bit saltier)
  • Vodka
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Celery Salt
  • Lime or Lemon Juice
  • Horseradish (optional)

Other ingredients that can go into your mix might include; Wasabi, JalepeƱo juice, Dill, Clamato juice and any number of spices that go well with tomatoes. 

Many restaurants are now serving Bloody Mary bars. There are lots of boat shaped containers and so many ingenious ways of displaying garnishes, that it feels like a course in your meal by just creating your own Bloody Mary. Here is another area where the home mixologist can be even more creative.

Toppings are the most fun! Try rimming your glass with a mixture of salt and pepper! Dill pickles, pepperocinis, shrimp, celery stalks, big cocktail olives & onions, limes, and even boiled egg slices have been known to garnish this "brunch" drink!

Different spirits or mixers can turn your Bloody Mary into a different cocktail.

  • Tequila makes it a Bloody Maria
  • Gold Tequila makes it a Deadly Mary
  • Gin makes it a Red Snapper
  • Beef Bullion makes it a Bloody Bull
  • Clam juice makes it a Bloody Caesar

Pitcher of Bloody Marys

This recipe is intended to be made ahead, stored & served over fresh ice. It is perfect for entertaining, picnics, tailgate parties...

Keep it cold after you mix it and shake it once in awhile to keep everything mixed properly. You will notice that the recipe calls for many things to taste. If you prefer them snappy, add more zing, and vice versa.


  • 1 large can or bottle of tomato juice

  • 2 cups Vodka

  • 2 Tbsp.Horseradish (or to taste)

  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)

  • 10 shakes of Tabasco sauce or hot sauce of choice (or to taste)

  • Juice of one fresh lime and/or lemon (or to taste)

  • 2 tsp. Celery salt (or to taste)

  • 2 tsp. Pepper (or to taste)


Mix all ingeredients together. Store in an airtight container & when ready to serve, pour over fresh ice and garnish with desired accompaniments. Go wild with the garnishes of your choice. Traditionally it is served with a lime wedge and a celery stick, but the sky is the limit of your imagination.