Best Ever Bloody Mary

"This is similar to Emerils, but a touch different. It will be the last bloody mary recipe you will ever want - I've tried several until I tweaked this one just right! Nothing like fresh."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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photo by Andrea S. photo by Andrea S.
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  • In a blender combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pickle juice, and hot sauce and process until smooth. Transfer to a nonreactive container and add celery salt and black pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  • When ready to serve, fill each glass with ice.
  • Add 1 ounce of vodka to each glass, then fill the glass with the bloody mary mix. Stir well, and garnish each glass with your favorite veggie, pickle, celery, pickled green bean, or a pickled okra.

Questions & Replies

  1. Is the pickle juice dill pickle or any kind? Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. What’s the best type of tomato juice? I’ve tried bloody Maryms for years and never liked them, had one in PA with more or less the same ingredients (I asked to speak to the chef who makes the mixture and begged for ingredients list)… I hate bloody Mary’s and tomato juice, but loved that, and this recipe more or less capture what’s in theirs. But I’m scared to just buy any tomato juice… do they all taste the same? I imagine there are differences. Thx!
  3. For a delicious smoky flavor, try using El Yucateco Black Label Reserve instead of Tabasco, Start with 1/4 teaspoon and add more to taste.
  4. Does it have to be Tabasco
  5. Which vodka did you use?


  1. Happiness in a glass!
    • Review photo by ahairstylist777
  2. Great recipe. I blended each individual serving after letting sit a day or so in fridge. Celery seed, not salt and TJs ‘v-8’ juice. Added more WS, and a little more hot sauce as well as a little soy sauce for a bit more umami taste. Put in chilled beer mugs rimmed w lemon salt & pepper, garnished w celery stick, pickled green bean and a crisp slice of bacon. Then skewered olive, salami slice, cocktail onion, cheese cube over the top! It was a show stopper!
  3. My blender decided to quit working so I whisked furiously by hand. After reading reviews I used regular v8 because my friend doesn't care for too much spice. I quadrupled the recipe which turned out to make about a gallon after adding the vodka. I also added a lot more vodka (about 3/4 of a's been a rough week and it's going to be a long Friday night) I mixed everything together at once. This has to be the tastiest bloody Mary I've ever had...restaurants and homemade recipes alike. I don't think I'll ever try a different bloody Mary again. This melts my little southern heart :)
  4. I used spicy v8 instead, this is a great Bloody Mary recipe!
  5. Being Canadian I always take a Bloody Caesar over a Bloody Mary because not everyone makes them right up here! Had them in NOLA a few years ago and was in love with a proper one. This is a GREAT recipe. I used the Keg Casesar rimmer in place of celery salt and the pepper and its great with vodka, gin or....believe it or not sake. I had a sake Bloody Mary in Austin a few weeks ago at Bangers and because they don't have a full license for spirits, they use sake as it is a wine. Genius!


  1. This recipe is the best I've ever found and I love me some Bloody Marys. I always use V8 instead of plain tomato juice. I didn't have regular Tabasco so I used Chipotle Tabasco. I also didn't have enough pickle juice so I used some olive brine to top it off. I am partial to dirty martinis as well so that was a great addition. I'll be continuing to use these tweaks going forward because these drinks were spectacular.
    • Review photo by Andrea S.
  2. Amazing, but agree with meduesa420, sub with regular V8. Although I felt one ounce of vodka per drink was plenty.
  3. Regular v8, a lot more vodka
  4. Clamato® instead of tomato juice. 1 oz green olive juice (optional 1 oz pickled japeño juice) 2 oz A1®brand Steak sauce. Tobasco sauce to taste. Fresh ground black pepper on top
  5. Substitute tomato juice with one 28oz can of crushed tomatoes. Blends very well, and elevates the flavor of the tomato beautifully.


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