How to make the perfect Bloody Mary

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When you’re at the gym and you get this text from your husband:

“Bring vodka,”

…well, you just do it. You drive to the nearest liquor store and buy some damn vodka.

Let’s rewind, okay?

Out of the clear blue, I got a hankering for a Bloody Mary.  I said to my husband “let’s make Bloody Mary’s” so we went to the grocery store and bought tomato juice, celery salt and tabasco sauce.

Unfortunately, it stopped right there.

We were vacationing in an area that didn’t sell “hard alcohol” on Sundays, so we had to stow our mixers in the minivan and wait 'till we got home.  We’re mostly beer and wine drinkers and we couldn’t remember the last time we’d tried to buy actual liquor, so we’re not exactly sure if Texas is behind the times or not.

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Beach vacay…

Can you buy a bottle of vodka at three in the afternoon on a Sunday?  Back in the day, I remember having to wait until noon on Sunday to buy beer, but that was a long time ago.

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So…happy ending.  I bought the vodka. We used the fixings and we did a little bit of experimenting. I am happy to report that I’ve managed to create the perfect Bloody Mary!

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You will need these ingredients:

  • Vodka (we used Gray Goose…not sure if the spendy vodka actually makes a better Bloody Mary or not.)
  • Bloody Mary Mix – we like V-8 Spicy or Original Mrs. T's
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Beef broth or bullion
  • Fresh lime
  • Green olives
  • Boiled, peeled shrimp (I use medium/large)

Moisten the edge of the glass with lime juice and dip the rim in salt.  We actually used Bloody Mary salt on these, which adds a different bit of color and flavor, if you can find it.

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Fill the glass with ice, pour in one shot of vodka.  I’ll confess to not owning a jigger so we just eyeballed it.  Ours might have been a wee bit strong.  Ahem.

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Fill with tomato juice.  Add a dash of tabasco, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and about a teaspoon of beef broth.  Add black pepper and celery salt to taste, and stir lightly.  If you’re not a fan of spicy, you can use plain tomato juice and cut out the tabasco sauce and pepper.

I think the shrimp and olive garnishes are a fun, unique touch, but you can also use lime wedges, pearl onions and the traditional celery stalk.  You can also adjust the recipe to make these by the pitcher.

Shrimp and Olive garnish
Shrimp and Olive garnish


I love a good Bloody Mary, don’t you?  These are perfect for a brunch or any kind of get together…or just because.  Give this one a try!

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  1. I recently had a bloody mary at a hotel for a work thing because I’d been craving one. And I don’t know (!!!!) if I can buy hard liquor on a Sunday here. I usually just buy wine. Gah. Pinned!

  2. I love Bloody Mary’s! I put olive juice in mine, and a pickle spear! I just got back from FL and had one that did indeed feature shrimp:) – And cheese, celery, olive, hearts of palm and a slice of pepperoni! It was awesome!