The Perfect Bloody Mary

Friday, May 24, 2013
Summer is the perfect time to get creative with cocktails. All the fresh, local ingredients are so inspiring.

One of my all-time favorites is the Bloody Mary. It's such a versatile cocktail. You can serve it for brunch or for late afternoon/early evening cocktails on the patio. Whatever time you have it and for whatever occasion, make no mistake, it's a crowd-pleaser.

Believe it or not, my kids love Bloody Marys so I usually make individual drinks using a small martini shaker and add vodka to individual glasses.

The Perfect Bloody Mary

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 to 4 dashes hot sauce (I like Frank's)
2 ounces vodka (adjust to taste)
5 ounces tomato juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 splashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Optional garnishes:
  • Celery stalks
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Capers
  • Lemon wedges

  • Preparation

  • 1. Add 2 cubes of ice to a high ball glass. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Set aside.

    2. In a martini shaker, combine vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and ground cayenne.

    3. Place the lid on the shaker tightly and vigorously shake.

    4. Pour contents of the shaker over the seasoned ice in the high ball glass. Stir.

    5. Garnish with celery, olives, pickles. and/or lemon wedges.


    Note: This recipe isn't overly spicy but has some kick to it. You can adjust any of the seasonings or sauces listed here to your liking.

    Need a pitcher and some tall glasses for serving this delicious cocktail? Here are a few of my favorites:

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