Bloody Mary


Happy New Year 2012!!!!!!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend as we move into 2012. We’re bringing in the new year with my Bloody Mary which is a pretty traditional holiday drink for us.  I am the “official” Bloody Mary maker in my family, so I’ve decided to share my simple recipe with all of you. It’s about as basic as you can get, but oh so good!


Bloody Mary Recipe

Yields 1 drink


1 jigger (1.5 ounces) of vodka
2 to 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce
4 to 5 drops of Worcestershire Sauce
Dash of celery seed
1/2 to 3/4 cup V8 juice
1 large wedge of lime


  1. Fill your glass halfway with ice.  I usually use an old-fashion type glass.
  2. To the glass add the vodka, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and V8.  Stir.
  3. Squeeze the lime over the top and give the drink a gentle swirl with a stirring stick or stalk of celery. Drop the lime into the drink.




Kitchen Notes

I told you it was simple.  I know I cheat with the V8 juice, but psychologically I think it’s better for me than Bloody Mary Mix and I like the texture and taste of the drink better with V8.  How much V8 you use depends on how strong you want the drink.

For a spicier drink, add more Tabasco – of course.

Be careful with the Worcestershire sauce.  Too much can really kill the drink.  I find 4 to 5 drops to be perfect.

See y’all in 2012!

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39 Responses to “Bloody Mary”

  1. Bibi January 11, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    My hubby is a Bloody Mary fan, but he always makes it with spicy Clamato and I can’t stand clamato therefore I never had a Bloody Mary. Next time I will try it with V8.

    • mj January 11, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Bibi, I’m not a fan of calamata juice either. I like the spicy though! Hope you like it with V8.

  2. France @ Beyond The Peel January 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Thanks for introducing me to your site. I thought I’d check out this specific post because I read that preserved lemons were excellent in a bloody mary. I haven’t made on in ages, but it’s a great reminder.

    • mj January 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

      I’ve never heard of preserved lemons in a Bloody Mary – until now. I will definitely be testing that out. I have a jar of lemons in the fridge all ready to go. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be stopping by your site again soon!

  3. Food Jaunts January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Bloody Mary’s are one of my favorite drinks! I totally agree with the use of Worcestershire sauce or sometimes I use steak sauce (gives it a wonderful flavor). I’ll admit I tend to use a tad bit more vodka in mine lol.

    If you ever happen to see a mix called Zing-Zang that’s among my top favorites for pre-made Bloody Mary mixes.

  4. lavieenfribourg January 8, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Oh, I wish I could have one…-

  5. Sanjeeta kk January 7, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Happy 2012 to you and yours, MJ! Here is wishing many more fo foodie fun together. Yet to plan my post for 7 links you tagged me for. Is there any posting date?

  6. Shannon | Just As Delish January 7, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I love a good bloody mary, yours look marvelous!
    Thanks for always making time to drop by my blog, was too swarm with stuff to personally visit and thank you. Happy new year to you too!

  7. Katherine Martinelli January 7, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    This looks like the perfect bloody mary! Happy new year!

  8. Jen at The Three Little Piglets January 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I’ve heard of a Bloody Mary for the day after New Year’s but never for the evening of! Hope it was a stellar night for you!

  9. Magic of Spice January 6, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Happy New Year MJ! You know up until a few months ago I did not like Bloody Mary;s, but I had one with V8 and loved it 🙂 Glad to have the recipe so I can re-create it 🙂

  10. Sissi January 6, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I am a big fan of Bloody Mary. It is not only an excellent drink, but also, if made with a tiny amount of vodka, a great hangover cure! I love the way you served it in wide glasses! Just the way I prefer it 🙂
    Happy New Year!

  11. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks January 6, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    This Bloody Mary looks like a great way to celebrate!

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook January 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Happy New Year MJ! Okay, don’t be shocked, but I didn’t know what is in bloody mary… I’m serious! I’m not much of a drinker (occasional wine), so I’m really bad at alcohol names. I heard of it but didn’t know it has tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce in the drink! Surprised! I look forward to your new posts in 2012, MJ!

  13. Aimee from ItsOverflowing January 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Happy 2012!!! Perfect way to start the new year!! I have a linky party going right now and wanted to invite you to join! I’ll also start my next giveaway tomorrow!!! Hope to have you visit again soon!

    XO, Aimee

  14. Tina (PinayInTexas) January 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Perfect drink to welcome the new year!

    Here’s wishing you a blessed and happy 2012! More power to you and your blog, MJ! :-*

  15. Cucina49 January 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I love those glasses! Would you believe I’ve never made a bloody mary?

  16. 1recette 1minute January 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Love your bloody Mary and I wish you a happy new year:)

  17. Sprigs of Rosemary January 4, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I love a Bloody Mary any time of day, all year! Like chili, I don’t think I’ve met a version I don’t like, although I do like Clamato juice and a couple hits of Tabasco — or sriracha, if I’m feeling really zippy!

  18. January 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Cheers! happy new year =)

  19. Jessica @ Cajunlicious January 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Happy New Year! Love your bloody Mary!

  20. Happy New Year to you and your family! Wishing you all the best!

  21. Suzi January 2, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Happy New Year to you MJ. Wishing you the best in 2012. Love those Bloody Mary’s and with the V8 that really makes it.

  22. Giulietta | Alterkitchen January 2, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    I hope you had a nice New Year’s Eve, MJ!
    I wish you an happy new year! 🙂

  23. Baker Street January 2, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    It looks perfect MJ! A great way to begin the year! Happy new year to you and yours!


  24. Treat and Trick January 2, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    I never had this before but it looks fabulous! Happy New Year to you and family!

  25. Ivy January 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Cheers! May the New Year be the most brightest! With best wishes to you and your family!!!((♥))”

  26. Anne@frommysweetheart January 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Ah! MJ! Now this is what I’m talking about! You can be my official bloody mary maker if you want! This is the BEST drink on New Year’s Day! I’m so glad I’ve discovered your wonderful blog and I look forward to seeing what amazing things you will do in the coming year. May it be a happy and healthy one for you and your family! : )

  27. true indigo January 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Oooooh! We had Bloodies this morning too! Bloody Moskowitz recipe from “Vegan Brunch”. Between that and the Hoppin’ John it looks like we are enjoying a lot of the same great foods today!

  28. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles January 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    How festive! I don’t drink vodka but I love all of the elements in this Bloody Mary and would certainly savour a virgin rendition of your recipe…. yum! (love that you are the official BM maker in the family :)). All the best to you in 2012 MJ!

  29. Ramona January 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Happy New Year! All the best for 2012!! I can’t wait to keep sharing recipes through the new year. Your recipes and pictures always inspire me. 🙂 I love spiced up V8… sounds like a delicious drink. Hope you enjoyed your black eyed peas. 🙂

  30. Charles January 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Can’t beat a good bloody mary 😀 I’ve never heard of “V8” or bloody mary mix actually… I normally use just plain tomato juice. Is it very different to “V8”?

    • mj January 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Happy New Years Charles! V8 is a tomato based vegetable juice, not quite as tomato tasting as plain tomato juice, which I’m sure works great!

  31. Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño January 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    This looks great, perfect for my Sunday afternoon football game too. Happy New Years!

  32. Nads January 1, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Happy New Year!! Sounds just like my recipe except, I add a dash of garlic salt and use lemon instead of lime. I like the V8 too. It adds elegance to the drink. I will be drinking a Macho Mary about 10 am at Santa Anita racetrack’s Frontrunner restaurant today. Even though we are $2 betters the food is very good and the atmosphere is exelerating! Fun way to start the year, and who knows, we might actually win something this year. Much love to you and Bob.

    • mj January 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      Hope you got lucky at the tracks and had a great New Years Day! XOXOX

  33. Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts January 1, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Perfect drink for the celebrations! Happy Blessed New Year to you and your family!

  34. marla January 1, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    A great drink for New Year’s brunch. Happy New Year!

  35. Reeni December 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Can you believe I have never had a Bloody Mary? I am craving one now! Happy New Year!

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