Top Bloody Mary Variations

Here are all the best Bloody Mary variations to try! These types are the most popular riffs on this classic brunch cocktail.

Bloody Mary variations

There’s nothing quite like the savory and spicy kick of a good Bloody Mary. This famous classic cocktail was born in the 1920’s, and has been going strong ever since. And because it’s so beloved: there are lots of riffs on the drink that have become famous in their own right. Here are all the top Bloody Mary variations to try: from the tequila-based Bloody Maria to the gin-based Red Snapper. Each one has its own character and charm…in fact, you’ll probably want to try them all.

And now…the top Bloody Mary variations to try!

More Bloody Mary variations

Here’s a list of a few other popular types of Bloody Mary Variations that have become widely known:

  • Bloody Caesar Adds clam juice (Clamato or a mix of clam juice and tomato juice)
  • Green Mary Uses green tomatoes (tomatillos) instead of red tomatoes
  • Bloodless Mary Made with tomato water.

A little Bloody Mary history…

The Bloody Mary cocktail was invented in the 1920’s. There are many stories about its origin, but it most likely came to be at the New York Bar in Paris (where other famous cocktails were born, like the French 75 and Between the Sheets). Some people say it’s named after Queen Mary I of England, or Mary Pickford, a movie star back in the day. Others claim one of the first patrons to drink it at the New York Bar said that it looked like his girlfriend Mary he met at a cabaret called “Bucket of Blood”.

Whatever the case, this combination of tomato juice and vodka has become one of the most famous brunch cocktails in the world. It’s spawned all sorts of

Best garnishes!

Garnishes are where the Bloody Mary gets even more fun! Here are a few ideas for how to step up your Bloody Mary variations…and even make them into a mini-meal:

  • Celery (required!)
  • Lemon wedges
  • Pimento stuffed olives
  • Cocktail onions
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Pepperoncini
  • Pickled vegetables: jalapeno peppers, okra, cauliflower, or asparagus
  • Cheese cubes
  • Cooked shrimp
  • Bacon
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Bloody mary recipe

5 Bloody Mary Variations!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 drinks 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here are all the best Bloody Mary variations to try! These types are the most popular riffs on this classic brunch cocktail.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) liquor: 
    • Vodka for the Classic and Spicy Bloody Mary
    • Tequila for the Bloody Maria
    • Gin for the Red Snapper
    • Omit for the Virgin Mary
  • 2 cups tomato juice, chilled
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (vegan as desired)
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For the rim: Old Bay seasoning (purchased or homemade) and kosher salt
  • For the garnish: celery, lemon wedge, olive, cocktail onion (use cocktail picks if desired)

Instructions

  1. If time allows, chill the tomato juice and alcohol. Shake the tomato juice before pouring.
  2. For spicy only: Slice the jalapeño pepper into thin slices. If you prefer a more subtle heat, remove the seeds. (Wash your hands well afterward.)
  3. In a large cocktail shaker, combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, Tabasco, celery salt and black pepper (and jalapeno slices if making the spicy variation). Shake well to combine (without ice). Strain into a quart mason jar or small pitcher.
  4. Optional: If time, chill at least 1 hour or overnight for the best flavor. (Or, make ahead and store up to 1 week.) But you also can serve right away!
  5. To serve, on a plate place a mixture of roughly half kosher salt and half Old Bay seasoning (or celery salt). Cut a notch in a lemon wedge, then run it around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt.
  6. To each glass, add 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of alcohol (or omit for virgin) and 1/2 cup of Bloody Mary mix and stir gently to combine. Fill the glass with ice and add the garnishes.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Bloody Mary Variations

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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