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February 3rd, 2011 · Print Print

I am not usually much of a cocktail person.  For the most part, cocktail recipes are too sweet, too strong, or they just don’t taste good — give me a glass of wine or champagne over some sickly-sweet pink drink any day.

Every once in a while, though, I make an exception, and when I do, it’s inevitably for a bloody mary.

Because this isn’t really a cocktail, is it?  It’s more like a well-balanced meal in a glass.

…ok.  That’s a stretch.  But it’s a yummy, spicy mix of some great ingredients, and even to my cocktail-wary self, they taste great.

Which, of course, is largely due to the Tabasco sauce.  Being married to a Texan, I have a love-hate relationship with anything spicy — I like it in moderation, but it overwhelms me pretty quickly.  For this recipe, 6 drops of Tabasco saucy was just enough to enhance the flavor of the drink, but not so much that I’d take two sips and reach for a glass of milk.  If I were making it for someone with Chad’s tolerance, though, I could probably use the whole bottle.

Obviously there’s a big football game next week — as a former college cheerleader, I’ve seen enough football to last the rest of my life, but I can still get excited for the crazy, awesome spectacle that is the Superbowl.  So splash some Tabasco sauce on your pizza, chicken wings, french fries… or just serve a big pitcher of this.

FYI — I garnished this with a slice of apple instead of celery, because you guys know my absolute aversion to celery.  And a little sweetness is nice with all that spice!

This post brought to you by TABASCO® Original Red.  All opinions are 100% mine.

recipe: bloody mary


3 oz tomato juice
1 oz vodka
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp horseradish
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
6 drops TABASCO® Original Red
Celery stick or apple wedge for garnish


Mix all ingredients together in a glass or pitcher, stir well.  Pour over ice into a tall cocktail glass and serve.  Garnish as desired.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nicolette // Feb 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Now were talking. I love Bloody Mary’s but always forget about them. I don’t drink often, and can’t stand fruity sweet drinks either; which is why I go for Greyhounds / Salty Dog’s (grapefruit juice and vodka), when I do have liquor. I’m doing a spicy post tomorrow too!

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  • 3 Joanne // Feb 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I am totally with you on the cocktails AND the bloody mary.  And seriously, for all the calories that are in some of those cocktails…I’d rather just have a slice of cheesecake.  But a bloody mary is totally a healthy midday snack.  I mean it has TOMATOES!

  • 4 admin // Feb 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Grapefruit juice is the only juice I like!  That and straight lemon or lime juice — everything else is too sweet, I need a serious dose of sour.  That sounds amazing!

  • 5 Alexandra // Feb 4, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’m making bloody mary’s this weekend too! I did a chili infused vodka and it’s going to be the perfect spicy match! Also, a little olive juice a BM goes a long way :)

  • 6 Lexy // Feb 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    How did I miss knowing your aversion to celery.  What’s the story on that?  I’ve always thought it was a great helping of crunch and no calories…I mean, it takes more energy/calories to eat than are in the celery itself.

  • 7 Carly // Feb 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I always WANT to like the bloody mary…in theory it sounds SO refreshingly good…but I always make a face with the first sip and someone else ends up drinking it.
    I am with you …wine and champagne are my staples.
    HAve a great weekend and enjoy the game…SO boring with no cheerleaders, lol.

  • 8 Megan // Feb 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    This looks awesome! And I too hate celery. :)

  • 9 Bloody Mary Recipe // Feb 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Delicious!  I’ve collected a few Bloody mary Recipes myself: I always welcome new additions though. 

    lately I’ve been infusing my vodkas with celery, radishes, peppers, and lemon.  The flavor is amazing and all that’s needed is worchestershire and tomato juice!


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