Bloody Mary Recipe

Bloody Mary
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Active Time: | Makes: 1 drink

Originally a blend of primarily tomato juice and vodka, the Bloody Mary, or just the “Bloody,” has since started to include ingredients as diverse as basil and roasted garlic. Just as the tomato is one of the most fertile ingredients for cookery, tomato juice and vodka in the form of the Bloody Mary has been endlessly reinvented. One wonders why a recipe should be included here, since almost everyone already makes the best Bloody Mary. Let us say it is for the sake of completeness, and for yet another definitive version.

Created by Fernand “Pete” Petiot of Harry’s American Bar in Paris, the Bloody Mary was supposedly named for one Mary who spent long hours at the bar awaiting her lover. After Prohibition, Petiot went to New York to become head bartender at the Regis. Of course, vodka was not yet popular in the States, so gin was substituted. The Regis also thought the drink’s name a bit grisly, and it was changed to the Red Snapper. As much as one may drink like a fish, however, few want a drink named after one. It is unclear when the Bloody Mary came to be called for the eponymous English queen, Mary Tudor, but Ernest Hemingway, in typical bravado, boasted to a friend in a letter of 1947 that he brought the drink to Hong Kong in 1941, where it “did more than any single factor except the Japanese Army to precipitate the fall of that Crown Colony.” The Bloody Mary did not enter its full phase of glory until several years later, when John Martin used it along with several other drinks to promote a relative newcomer to... read more

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
  • 2 to 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
  • Pinch of coarse salt or sea salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of celery salt or seeds, crushed
  • Wedges of lemon and lime
  1. Combine the vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco Sauce, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt in a cocktail shaker over ice, and blend. Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a wedge each of lemon and lime. If you are hungry, add a tender celery stalk.


Bloody Bull: Mix vodka with equal parts tomato juice and beef bouillon. Prepare as above, omitting the salt and celery salt.

Bloody Caesar: Substitute Clamato juice for the tomato juice, or mix tomato and clam juice.

Bloody Maria: Substitute tequila for the vodka.

Bullshot: Substitute beef bouillon for the tomato juice. Add only 1 dash each of Tabasco and Worcestershire.

Danish Mary (Hamlet’s Ghost): Substitute aquavit for the vodka, and caraway for the celery salt.

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.
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