It really isn’t brunch if there isn’t a good cocktail. My brunch cocktail of choice is a Bloody Mary. Unfortunately, Bloody Mary mixes can contain extra additives and preservatives. And honestly, making a Bloody Mary without the mix is just as easy and tastes better.
I prefer gin over vodka so my recipe for Bloody Mary’s substitutes vodka for gin. Side note: a gin Bloody Mary is technically a Red Snapper but if you go into a bar or restaurant and order a red snapper you might not get what you were wanting. So just ask for a Bloody Mary with gin.
Let’s Talk Ingredients and Substitutions
Tomato Juice: The base of a good Bloody Mary is tomato juice so don’t skimp. My preferred brands for juice including tomato juice contain 100% juice, not from concentrate. I usually opt for Lakewood Organic but there are lots of options.
Gin (or Vodka): Just like the tomato juice don’t skimp on cheap gin (or vodka). My current favorite is St. Laurent Gin which is distilled in Quebec but can be found in many liquor stores in the US and other countries. If you prefer Vodka, you can’t go wrong with Tito’s.
Spices and other Ingredients: There are only 5 additional ingredients that you will need for this recipe – hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. I have included measurements in the recipe but you can increase or decrease the hot sauce based on your preference of heat.
Garnish: There are limitless options for garnishes. You can go crazy (think skewers of meat and cheese) or keep it simple. I prefer to keep things simple and use garnishes like cocktail onions, pickled okra, olives, and a lemon wedge.
How to Store Bloody Mary Mix
How to store leftover Bloody Mary mix? Store any leftover mix (minus the gin or vodka) in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. When you ready for another Bloody Mary just mix with gin/vodka, serve over ice, and garnish.
Let’s Makes Some Cocktails
Are you ready for Bloody Mary? I used a cocktail mixing glass to make 2 cocktails at a time. Stirring the Bloody Mary with ice prior to pouring will give you a nice cold cocktail.
Pro-tip: Splurge on the gin and juice. The tomato juice and gin/vodka is what is going to make or break your cocktail so go with the best you can find and afford.
Bloody Mary Cocktail
Bloody Mary Cocktail
- 8 ounces tomato juice
- 4 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 3 dashes hot sauce
- 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 4 pinches celery salt
- 2 cranks black pepper
- white and black sesame seeds
- cocktail onions
- green olives
- pickled okra
- lemon wedge
- Place white and black sesame seeds in a small plate.
- Rub the juicy side of a lemon wedge along the lip of a cocktail glass, place the rim of the glass into the white and black sesame seeds, and fill the glass with ice.
- Add tomato juice, gin, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and black pepper to a cocktail mixing glass along with ice. Stir and strain into prepared glasses.
- Garnish with cocktail onions, olives, and pickled okra.
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