The Best Bloody Mary Recipe

How to make the best Bloody Mary? Skip the mix and doctor up your tomato juice from scratch with horseradish, Worcestershire, and hot sauce.

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Yes, brunch fans, a great Bloody Mary starts with high-quality tomato juice. (Try to avoid juice made from concentrate.) But there's no need to use fancy, expensive vodka here. Less pricey stuff will do fine. You can replace the celery salt rim with a salt and pepper rim if you prefer. Every ingredient, including horseradish, should be adjusted to suit your own personal taste.

June 6, 2011

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1 tablespoon celery salt or plain kosher salt, if you prefer

  • 1/4 lemon, cut into 2 wedges

  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or less to taste)

  • Dash cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Frank's)

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish (or 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish)

  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 4 ounces high-quality tomato juice

  • 1 stick celery


  1. Place celery salt in a shallow saucer. Rub rim of 12-ounce tumbler with 1 lemon wedge and coat wet edge with celery salt. Place lemon wedge on rim of glass. Fill glass with ice.

  2. Add Worcestershire, soy, black pepper, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and horseradish to bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, tomato juice, and juice of remaining lemon wedge. Shake vigorously, taste for seasoning and heat, and adjust as necessary. Strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with celery stalk and serve immediately.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
160 Calories
1g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 160
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 771mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 88mg 442%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 340mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)