Created on July 19, 2023

The Bloody Mary is a staple cocktail anywhere you go, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. The unique, spicy, savory flavor of the cocktail is memorable, and also makes it acceptable for any time of day!

There aren't many cocktails that you can get away with being seen drinking first thing in the morning, but this is definitely one of them! I'm going to walk you through exactly how to make the perfect Bloody Mary to cure that hangover, or bring your brunch to the next level.

Two red bloody mary cocktails with celery, lemon, and olive garnishes


  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 4 Ounces Tomato Juice
  • ½ Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Dashes Hot Pepper Sauce (Tabasco)
  • 1 Pinch Sea Salt
  • 1 Pinch Black Pepper
  • Celery Salt (for rimming the glass, optional)
  • 1 Stick Celery (garnish)
  • 2 Olives (garnish)


  1. Get a tall glass, such as a pint glass or a highball glass.
  2. (Optional) Rim the glass with celery salt.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Fill a shaker with ice.
  5. Put the Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Pepper Sauce, Sea Salt, and Black Pepper into your shaker.
  6. Drop the celery stick into the glass, and spike your olives and sit them on top.
  7. Enjoy!

Bloody Mary Notes

  • There are lots of ingredients in this recipe, and the quantities really come down to personal preference, particularly with the tabasco sauce. If you're making this for someone else at home, maybe let them decide how much to use!

  • You don't want to shake this too hard, because it will make a big layer of froth, which we don't want. I'll discuss some other mixing methods for the Bloody Mary below.

  • Some people like to add 2 dashes of horseradish to this as well. Try it out if you have the ingredients.

  • With this cocktail, you can really go all out with the garnish. Traditional garnishes include celery, olives, and lemon wedges, but some people will include a bacon rasher, or even mini pizza! Feel free to make this a whole meal if you want, just have some fun with it.

Ways To Mix A Bloody Mary

You don't want to shake a Bloody Mary too hard, or too much, because the tomato juice will froth up, leaving you with a bad texture. To avoid this, there are a couple of mixing methods you can use.

The recipe calls for you to shake. If you're shaking it, think of it as just tilting the shaker back and forth, letting the drink fall between each end of the shaker.

Another method is to just stir the drink. You can stir pretty vigorously, because you still want to combine the long list of ingredients together to ensure a consistent taste throughout the drink.

Finally, probably the easiest method is to use two mixing glasses. You put all of the ingredients into the first one, and then just pour the mixture into the other glass, and do that a couple of times until the cocktail is sufficiently mixed. The biggest downside to this is that you won't have ice while mixing, so the drink won't be chilled. This is still fine though, because the drink is served with lots of ice anyway.

What Is A Bloody Mary Cocktail Made Of?

The Bloody Mary has a long list of ingredients, which varies a lot between bartenders. The absolute core ingredients that almost all bartenders will have are:

  • Vodka
  • Tomato Juice
  • Hot Pepper Sauce (Tabasco, usually)
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Other ingredients commonly included are:

  • Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Celery Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Horseradish

Bloody Mary Garnishes

There are plenty of garnishes that people use in a Bloody Mary. Some of the more common ones are:

  • Celery Stick
  • Olives
  • Lemon Wheel, or Lemon Wedge
  • Parsley
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon Rasher

Best Vodka For A Bloody Mary

In terms of flavor, there is so much going on in a Bloody Mary. Because of this, you want a fairly neutral, smooth vodka, so it doesn't clash with all of the other flavor going on. If you want a cheaper vodka, Tito's Handmade is pretty smooth for the price point.

If you're not as concerned about price, the classic neutral, smooth vodkas such as Grey Goose, Belvedere, and Ketel One will do great in a Bloody Mary. I would personally go with Belvedere for this drink.