Bloody Mary Recipe

A Bloody Mary is perfect for brunch or afternoon gatherings with friends. The savory taste combined with spicy and salty makes it classic and timeless that many generations beloved. Prepare your vodka, tomato juice, and some simple ingredients to make this delicious drink with our guidelines below!

There are many legends behind Bloody Mary’s origin. Some theories believe that the drink has a tie close to a real historical figure – Queen Mary I of England (1516-1558), who has the nickname “Bloody Mary” because she persecuted Protestants.

Another story said that the Bloody Mary legend comes from a ritual in which one or more individuals repeat the name “Bloody Mary” (three or thirteen) while looking in front of the mirror in a dark room. At that time, the ghostly figure of Bloody Mary appeared with a bloody or gruesome appearance. 

The Bloody Mary legend has been a popular subject passed down through generations, which inspires the cocktail that gets its name. A Bloody Mary mixes vodka, tomato juice, spices, and seasonings in a glass over ice and then garnishes it with celery, olives, or citrus slices. 

The most appealing feature of this drink is its versatility because you can customize it to suit your liking. You can adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your taste, e.g., the amount of hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings. Some Bloody Mary variations include the “Bloody Maria,” which substitutes tequila for vodka, and the “Virgin Mary,” which is a tomato-based drink without alcohol.

Bloody Mary Recipe

Bloody Mary Recipe

Bloody Mary Recipe

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Highball glass
  • Jigger
  • Bar spoon


  • 1.5 ounces Vodka 45 ml
  • 3-4 ounces Tomato juice 90-120 ml
  • 3-5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • A few dashes of Hot sauce Tabasco
  • A pinch of Celery salt
  • A pinch of Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Prepared Horseradish
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice 15-30 ml
  • Ice cubes
  • Celery stalk, Lemon or lime wedges or Olives


  • Measure and pour 1.5 ounces (45 ml) of vodka into the glass.
    1.5 ounces Vodka
  • Add 3-4 ounces (90-120 ml) of tomato juice.
    3-4 ounces Tomato juice
  • Add a few dashes of Worcestershire, hot sauce, a pinch of celery salt, ground black pepper, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of prepared Horseradish.
    3-5 dashes Worcestershire sauce, A few dashes of Hot sauce, A pinch of Celery salt, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Prepared Horseradish, A pinch of Ground black pepper
  • Use the juice of half a lemon or lime for acidity flavor.
    1/2 to 1 ounce Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
    Ice cubes
  • Use a cocktail shaker to well-mixed the ingredients for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Garnish your Bloody Mary with a celery stalk, olives, a lemon, or a lime wedge.
    Celery stalk, Lemon or lime wedges or Olives



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Choose the high-quality vodka and tomato juice to get the best flavor for the taste of your Bloody Mary.
  • Choose the brands of vodka that suit your preferences and complement well with Bloody Mary.  Some types have a smooth, neutral taste profile, while others have a creamy texture with more sweetness.
  • Balance the flavors by adjusting the seasonings to achieve appropriate spiciness and savoriness.
  • Use fresh citrus for a bright, zesty flavor; it always results better than bottled citrus juice.
  • Add Horseradish for heat, but remember to start with a little bit and add more if needed.
  • Chill your glass and ingredients, including the vodka and tomato juice, to ensure your drinks keep refreshing and cold.
Keyword Bloody Mary Recipe

How does Bloody Mary  taste? 

A classic Bloody Mary cocktail is a harmonious blend of savory, spicy, and tangy flavors with sweetness. Tomato is the dominant flavor that gives the drink a rich texture and slightly tangy taste. It works well with the Worcestershire sauce and celery salt, contributing to the deep and complex final drink. The hot sauce adds unique spiciness, and the freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a refreshing taste, contrasting with the spicy elements. They all combine to create a refreshing cocktail with a tomato-forward taste that will enchant your mouth. 

Are Bloody Marys healthy?

When consumed in moderation, Bloody Mary positively impacts your health. It is a good source of vitamins and antioxidants because of its tomato juice content. Furthermore, the drink is relatively low in calories, especially if you use less or no sugar. Still, remember to be mindful of the amount of sodium and sugar and drink alcohol responsibly.

The Bloody Mary is a favorite cocktail, thanks to its highly customizable feature. It is best when enjoyed fresh and cold, so serve your drink immediately after making it for the best flavor. Save the guidelines above and make your delicious drinks at home for the next time!