Posted January 30, 2019

Bartender Tips: The Best Bloody Mary

Eat + Drink

Is there a more perfect way to start your weekend or celebrate on game day than with a made-from-scratch Bloody Mary? Ditch the store-bought mixes and try our recipe to up your at-home cocktail game.

Looking for ways to spice up your Bloody Mary or even create a DIY Bloody Mary Bar to surprise & delight your guests on game day? Feel free to play into the drink’s savory notes and get creative with garnishes—this recipe encourages experimentation. Here are some of our favorites to have on hand:

Bacon: Separate strips of thin cut bacon, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until crispy. Drain thoroughly on a paper towel.

Celery: Separate the individual ribs of celery. Cut each rib in half lengthwise. Remove enough of the bottom so that the top can be inserted into a glass with about 2 inches protruding. Keep the celery leaves intact for appearance.

Lemon and Lime Wedges: Remove the navel of each citrus fruit. Place the fruit upright on the cut end. Cut the fruit in half lengthwise. Cut a small slit across the segments of each half, in the center of the cut fruit. Cut the fruit into quarters lengthwise, and then again into eighths.

Pickled Green Beans: Choose high quality pickled green beans. Remove a pickled green bean from the brine and place it into the cocktail.

Stuffed Spanish Queen Olives: Prepare a variety of stuffed olives by purchasing Pitted Spanish Queen Olives, removing the pimiento, and replacing with bleu cheese, anchovies, or mascarpone.

Charcuterie: We recommend multiple types of dry sausages: salami, culatello, ciauscolo, bresaola, etc. Slice into thin strips and skewer on wooden picks.

Cheese: We recommend a variety of hard and semisoft cheeses: aged cheddar, gouda, parmigiano, etc. Slice into small cubes and spear with wooden picks.

Cucumber Spear: Slice each cucumber roughly in half across the center, removing each end, and trimming as needed to fit into the glass. Slice into thin spears.

Pepperoncini: Choose high quality pepperoncini. Place one into the cocktail.

Setting up your own Bloody Mary Bar? Take care to present the garnishes attractively and artfully. Prepare each one separately and store in their own containers, with pairs of tongs available.



  • 32 oz tomato juice
  • 3 Tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup prepared horseradish
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons celery salt
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 Tablespoons Tabasco
  • 3 oz fresh lemon juice (adjust to taste)

Whisk all ingredients together in a container and let sit overnight.

To Serve:

  • Pour 1 oz vodka into a Collins glass, fill with ice, and fill with 5-7 oz of Bloody Mary Mix.
  • Pour back and forth between two glasses until mixed and chilled.
  • Garnish with accoutrements of your choice (more on that below).

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  1. Maryjo Stone says:

    Wow- that sounds like a great recipe. I will get all the necessary stuff and make that in the next few weeks. If I had the items on hand- I would be making that Bloody Mary right now.