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How to Make the Perfect Bloody Mary

By Anna Spooner on 9/11/16 11:30 AM

Bloody Marys are the Spaghetti Bolognese of the cocktail world, even the smallest variation can mean that your favourite brunch beverage is no longer ‘just how you like it’. Whether you should include horseradish, how spicy, and which tomato juice – if tomato juice at all?!


The Classic

Fernand Petiot, a barman at Harry’s Bar in Paris, is credited with creating the first Bloody Mary in 1921 – the classic combination of vodka, tomato juice, spices and seasoning. The recipe then took hold in the USA where Worcestershire sauce, lemon and black pepper were added.

Smirnoff Vodka have a great recipe for a classic:

– 50ml Smirnoff Vodka

– 100ml
 Tomato Juice

– 1 squeeze Lemon

– 4 dashes Tabasco Sauce

– 4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

– 2 grinds Pepper

– 1 leaf Celery

– 2 pieces Lemon Wedge


– Fill a glass with ice.

– Pour Smirnoff Vodka and tomato juice into the glass.

– Pour 50ml Smirnoff Vodka and 100ml tomato juice into the glass.

– Add 4 dashes of tabasco and worcestershire sauce, the juice of half a lemon and 2 grinds of black pepper.

– Stir thoroughly.

– Garnish with a celery stalk.

Gin Cocktails

What about Gin?

Whilst some people say they prefer gin in their Bloody Mary, it’s actually a completely different cocktail – a Red Snapper.

Gin Foundry have a fantastic recipe:

– 30ml Gin (they recommend using Martin Miller’s Gin)

– 120ml tomato juice

– 15ml lemon juice

– 7 drops Tabasco hot sauce

– 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

– 2 pinches celery salt

– 2 grinds black pepper

Use the salt and pepper to rim your glass (preferably a Collins). Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into your glass. Add half a celery stick to garnish.

Don Julio

Any Other Crazy Spirits?

Another variation for all tequila lovers is a Bloody Maria… Don Julio have a recipe for their perfect version:

5 oz 
Don Julio Reposado Tequila

3 oz tomato juice

2 dashes hot sauce

1 dash salt

1 dash pepper

1 piece celery


The Juice

No longer is it the hard and fast rule to only tomato.

Hemsley and Hemsley have a recipe for a Beetroot ‘Bloody Mary’ which replaces tomato juice with beetroot (for antioxidants!?) and they say that the extra “Mustard, cayenne pepper, lemon and fresh ginger add a tangy kick.”

Other popular juices are carrot juice or even Clamato juice (a mix of clam and tomato juice)

Ketel One Vodka

All the Extras

There are some ‘typicals’ that you might expect in your Bloody Mary, but on top of that, people like to get a little creative.

Ketel One Vodka recommends a streaky rasher of bacon instead of a celery stick for pure indulgence.

Grey Goose thinks that a dash of smoked paprika brings a Bloody Mary to life.

And one Absolut recommends a splash of Hot Sauce to get the senses burning.