If you’re a fan of weekend brunch, you may already be a fan of bloody marys. Second perhaps only to mimosas, bloody marys are the golden brunch adult beverage.
They’re the perfect combination of salty, savory, and spicy, which is why they pair well with other savory and salty brunch items such as eggs and bacon. They also complement sweeter foods like pancakes or French toast.
Bloody marys are not only delicious, but they’re also straightforward to make on your own!
Learning how to make them is fantastic for throwing at-home brunches and other fun gatherings. You can make just a few glasses or pitchers to last the entire afternoon. Either way, your guests will be impressed with your bartending skills.
What Is A Bloody Mary?
So what’s in a bloody mary?
A bloody mary is a filling, savory cocktail that people have been drinking for over 100 years. It gets made with vodka, tomato juice, and various spices. The most common ingredients in the recipe include celery salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
Many people also like to dash a splash of hot sauce for an extra bit of spice.
Lemon and lime juice are common additions, as they help to cut through the tomato’s sweetness and add a bit of acidity.
Bloody marys can get garnished with all sorts of things, but the most common garnishes are celery sticks, lemon wedges, and olives. Some people also like to add a cheese cube or a pickled vegetable as a bloody mary garnish.
As you can see, the sky’s the limit when making these delicious, hearty brunch drinks.
Bloody Mary Recipe
- 1.5 cups Vodka
- 4 cups Tomato juice
- ½ cups Fresh lemon juice
- ½ cups Fresh lime juice
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp Horseradish
- 1 teaspoon Celery salt
- ½ teaspoons Black pepper
- ¼ teaspoons Cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoons Hot sauce
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- 1 Celery stalk for garnish
- Olives, pickles, cooked bacon and cheese (optional garnishes)
- Combine the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, celery salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce in a large pitcher or container.
- Use a whisk or spoon to mix everything until it’s evenly combined.
- Garnish each glass with a lemon wedge, lime wedge, and celery stalk before serving.
- Olives, pickles, cooked bacon, and cheese can also be used as garnishes if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks for Bloody Mary Recipe
Since bloody marys provide lots of opportunities to get creative, we want to share several tips and tricks for how to make the best bloody marys for your personal preferences.
- If you want to make the glasses look more professional, try moistening the rims and sprinkling salt on each of the glasses before pouring the bloody mary mix in.
- One easy way to upgrade your bloody marys is to use high-quality vodka. Cheap vodka can sometimes make the drink taste harsh, so spending a few extra dollars on a nice bottle will make a big difference.
- If you want a bit more boozy drink, feel free to add more vodka to the recipe. If you prefer a more mellow drink, add less vodka or substitute some for tomato juice.
- This recipe calls for fresh lemon and lime juice, which definitely makes a difference in taste. If you don’t have fresh lemons or limes, you can use bottled juice, but the drink won’t be as flavorful.
- If you want a spicier bloody mary, add more cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the recipe. If you want a milder drink, reduce the amount of these spices or omit them altogether.
- Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative with the garnishes! In addition to the standard celery stalk, lemon wedge, and lime wedge, there are several other possibilities.
Olives, pickles, cooked bacon, and cheese are all popular choices, but get creative and experiment with different garnishes until you find what you like best.
What Is a Bloody Maria?
Have you ever heard of a bloody maria?
A bloody maria is the same drink as a bloody maria except for one thing — it incorporates tequila in the place of vodka.
So, if you’re looking for a slightly different twist on this classic brunch beverage, or love the taste of margaritas but want something new and more savory, try a bloody maria!
You can follow this same recipe to a tea, simply substituting tequila for vodka, and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how delicious it is.
Bloody Mary Nutrition Information
Now that we’ve gone over the ingredients and steps to make a bloody mary let’s talk briefly about the nutritional value of this popular drink.
One serving of a bloody mary (which is approximately 1/2 cup or 4 ounces) has approximately:
- 96 calories
- 0 grams of fat
- 5 grams of carbohydrates
- 1 gram of protein
- 280 milligrams of sodium
- 2% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C
- 1% of the DV for potassium
As you can see, bloody marys are not particularly high in calories, fat, or carbohydrates. However, the final nutritional content will depend on what you put in the drink as a garnish. Cheese and bacon, for example, will increase the fat content.
Additionally, they contain a significant amount of sodium, so if you’re watching your salt intake, you may want to limit how many bloody marys you drink or how much salt you put in them.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about bloody marys and have gotten inspired to try this bloody mary recipe at home!
This classic brunch beverage is the perfect combination of savory and refreshing and is sure to please a crowd. And with so many possibilities for customization, you can make this drink unique each time. Enjoy!
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