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Classic Bloody Mary

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best bloody mary

Mike Garten

It’s said that the first Bloody Mary was served by the bartender at the King Cole Bar in New York’s St. Regis Hotel as early as 1934. With a base of tomato juice and full-flavor Bloody Mary ingredients, this classic cocktail is an excellent addition to any brunch recipe, sure to turn your favorite weekend meal into a party. 

So how do you make one? Here’s the secret: our perfect Bloody Mary recipe stars really simple and delicious ingredients. You won’t find any Bloody Mary mix here. Instead, we start with tomato juice and rev up the flavor with fresh horseradish, celery seed, a dash of hot sauce and plenty of lemon juice. Another special addition: pepperoncini brine for a salty and slightly spicy bite.

The garnishes upgrade even the simplest of beverages, making this big batch drink fit for a celebration. This recipe calls for cucumber spears, stuffed olives and peppers. But if you’re feeling extra festive, get creative and top with slices of bacon and celery stalks, too.

If you prefer a spicy Bloody Mary recipe, swap in a vodka distilled with hotter ingredients like habanero peppers or green chiles. Be sure to omit the hot sauce in the recipe, mix in your vodka, then give it a try! Add hot sauce only after tasting to avoid a drink that’s too spicy. Some of our favorite vodkas: Hanson of Sonoma Organic Habanero Vodka and St. George Spirits Green Chile Vodka.

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Yields: 8 servings

Total Time: 0 hours 15 mins

1/2 c.

fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving

2 tbsp.

prepared horseradish, squeezed of excess moisture 

2 tsp.

Tabasco or other hot sauce

2 tsp.

Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp.

celery seeds

8

small pepperoncini peppers plus 1 Tbsp brine

Kosher salt and pepper

3 c.

tomato juice 

3/4 c.

vodka

1

seedless cucumber, cut into sticks

Celery salt, for rims

1. In large measuring cup or pitcher, combine lemon juice, horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery seeds, pepperoncini brine and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Stir in tomato juice and vodka.

2. Rub rims of glasses with lemon wedge and dip in celery salt. Serve over ice with cucumber sticks, pepperoncini and lemon wedges. 

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