Bloody Mary Recipe

Classic Bloody Mary

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

Enjoy this classic Bloody Mary Recipe and see that I have also included a number of variations of this popular beverage below ("Virgin Mary," a "Bloody Shame," or a "Bloody Virgin"). Just leave out the vodka.

A "Bloody Mary" is sometimes thought to have been named after Queen Mary I of England.

But from the reading I have done I think a New York bartender named Petiot may have developed the drink in the 1920's or 1930 and named it after a girl (Mary) that he knew from the "Bucket of Blood Club" in Chicago.

Bloody Mary Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation time: 5 minutes. Makes one cocktail.


  • 1 1/4 ounce vodka
  • Tomato juice
  • 1/4 ounce Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • Salt, pepper, celery salt
  • Crushed ice

Option: Prepared horseradish to taste. J


  • Pour vodka, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings and Tabasco into a glass (usually a Collins glass or specialty glass) over crushed ice
  • Add the tomato juice and stir well
  • Garnish with a celery stalk, lemon or lime wedge. You can also garnish with a stalk of spiced asparagus or green bean and a lemon or lime wedge.

Variations of the Classic Bloody Mary

"Virgin Mary," a "Bloody Shame," or a "Bloody Virgin" ...just leave out the vodka.

Use the same recipe but substitute tequila for the vodka and the drink is called a "Bloody Maria."

Use Clamato juice instead of tomato juice and it is usually called a "Caesar" or a "Bloody Caesar."

Substitute V-8 juice for the tomato juice - or use half of each and you have a "Bloody Eight" or "Eight Ball."

Use a Mexican beer instead of the vodka and you have created a "Michelada."

Sub in beef bouillon instead of tomato juice and you have a "Bullshot".

Use sake instead of vodka and it is known as a "Bloody Geisha."

Enjoy your Bloody Mary and the company of those you share it with! - Donna

Did you know? The Bloody Mary is mostly a morning drink because it was originally made to cure hangovers.