Bloody Mary Rim Salt

A Bloody Mary just isn’t complete without a dusting of Bloody Mary Rim Salt to adorn the rim of the glass! Make this easy mixture to keep on hand every time you’re craving one of these classic brunch cocktails.

a Bloody Mary with a pitcher of Bloody Mary mix and a plate of Bloody Mary rim salt

A little something extra goes a long way.

Whether it’s a little sparkle on a manicure or a sprinkle of sea salt on a cookie, something extra isn’t always necessary — but it sure makes it nice.

The same is true for the rim of a cocktail. Can you even imagine a margarita without a flavored salt rim? Or how about Christmas ale without a cinnamon sugar rim?

A little something extra on the rim of a glass goes a long way. Bloody Marys deserve the same love!

Bloody Mary Rim Salt recipe

Enter Bloody Mary rim salt. This flavorful, salty mixture adds some extra seasoning and texture to every sip of your Bloody Mary cocktails.

It doesn’t have to be just for a special occasion. Adding a garnish to the rim of your glass just makes your cocktail look more professional, right along with all the Bloody Mary garnishes you can ever dream of!

Made with spices you probably already have on your spice rack already, this easy mixture is one you can keep on hand in an empty spice jar for any time you are craving the famous brunch cocktail.

You can also use it to rim the Michelada, which is like a Bloody Mary and a beer margarita got together. It’s made with a simple combo of tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce and beer. Together with this nice rimming salt, this beer cocktail packs on tons of extra flavor.

Bloody Mary rim salt on a black plate, ready to rim cocktails


Though you can buy pre-mixed Bloody Mary salt making it is pretty easy and you probably already have the ingredients.

To make Bloody Mary rim salt, you will need these items:

This Bloody Mary rim salt recipe makes enough for 6 to 8 cocktails, but if you think you’ll need more, you can easily double or triple this recipe.

Sea Salt

I love to cook with finely-ground sea salt so I always have it on hand but feel free to substitute plain kosher salt.

If you like, you can substitute celery salt, which is salt that’s mixed with ground celery seed and is often used in soups and meat dishes. Since celery is a must-have garnish for Bloody Marys, this salt adds more celery flavor to your homemade bloodies.

Whatever salt you choose, make sure that the granules are on the smaller side. A coarse salt might work, but the larger, flaky sea salt will not work as well on the glass rim.


You will need a mix of paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.

If you like, you can add black pepper or chili powder — more on that below.

No matter what: Make sure you check your spices a couple of times a year. Those pesky expiration dates always sneak up on me! Fresh spices will have the strongest flavor.

a glass bowl with spices before being mixed into Bloody Mary rim salt

How to Make Bloody Mary Rim Salt

Making Bloody Mary rim salt is easy!

First, you will need a small bowl. You can also use a mason jar or spice jar.

Then, toss all of the ingredients into the shallow bowl and give it a really good stir or shake until combined. (Make sure to put the lid on the jar if shaking!)

top view of a Bloody Mary with garnishes, a plate of rim salt and a pitcher of

How to rim a Bloody Mary

To rim a glass, rub the cut edge of a lemon wedge around the edge of the glass. The fresh lemon juice imparts some tart flavor and its sticky juice will help the salt and spices to stick. (If you’re making Bloody Marias, use a little wedge of fresh lime instead of lemon.)

Water will not have the same effect, however. As a result, water will make your salt rim dissolve more quickly.

Pour some of the Bloody Mary rim salt mixture onto a small plate.

For a sweet drink like a margarita, you usually want to avoid getting any salt inside the glass, so you’d roll the outer edge of the glass in the salt to coat the rim.

However, since Bloody Marys are savory, this doesn’t matter as much. You can place the glass upside down onto the plate to coat the rim.

There, now the rim of your glass looks ready for a cocktail! Add ice cubes and your favorite vodka (or tequila!) and top with Bloody Mary mix. Don’t forget the garnishes!

If you have any salt leftover, feel free to use it to season meats, like chicken, salmon or pork or throw it in a soup like this tortilla soup recipe.

You can store the salt in a spice jar, mason jar or another airtight container at room temperature.

closeup of granules of salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika

Variations and substitutions

If you’d like to play with the flavors of your Bloody Mary rim salt, feel free! The ultimate Bloody Mary should be made with your favorite ingredients, after all. Here are a few ideas:

  • To add more celery flavor, substitute celery salt for the regular salt.
  • For more smoky flavor, use a smoked salt.
  • To add a little bit of bacon flavor, use bacon salt.
  • For some mild chili flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and another 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • To make it spicier, add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and another 1/4 of salt. It’s just a bit of a kick!
  • For even more spice, add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and another 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Perfect for a spicy Bloody Mary!

More spice ideas to add to your Bloody Mary salt

Feel free to play around with your own favorite flavors in your bl

closeup of Bloody Mary rim salt on a black plate

Bloody Mary recipes

Bloody Marys are made with Bloody Mary mix and vodka, but she has many sisters that are made by substituting the vodka for something else. You can use this Bloody Mary rim salt on any of these drinks!

  • The Bloody Maria is made with tequila or mezcal. Make it spicy with jalapeno-infused tequila.
  • Make a Virgin Mary with zero-proof alcohol or a little bit of olive juice, or you can serve a glass of Bloody Mary mix with garnishes.
  • The Bloody Derby, gets a shot of bourbon.
  • Next is the Cubanita, which uses rum.
  • The Red Snapper, AKA the Bloody Bulldog, stars gin.

As you can see, there are so many choices! You can set up a Bloody Mary bar with a large pitcher of Bloody Mary mix, some of the Bloody Mary salt, lime wedges or lemon wedges, and lots of garnishes to choose from, plus a few types of booze for your guests to craft their favorite Bloody Mary with!

More rim and garnish recipes

Homemade ranch seasoning would be amazing on a rim of a Bloody Mary, and so would homemade Old Bay Seasoning.

And if you enjoy making your own rims and garnishes, you might enjoy trying this homemade lavender sugar which is lovely on champagne cocktails.

Vanilla salt and lemon salt are delicious on the rims of a margarita. You could also try them on a bloody for a fun twist of flavors!

Homemade sugar cubes and rock candy are other favorites for cocktails around my house!

Bloody Mary rim salt on a black plate, ready to rim cocktails

Bloody Mary Rim Salt

Yield: 3 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
A mixture of salt and spices makes for a flavorful addition to Bloody Marys or even margaritas.
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  • 2 tablespoons finely ground salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  • Add salt, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder to a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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nutrition information

Yield: 3 tablespoons

amount per serving:

Serving: 1tablespoon Calories: 7kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 0.3g Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0.02g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 4652mg Potassium: 35mg Fiber: 0.4g Sugar: 0.1g Vitamin A: 328IU Vitamin C: 0.2mg Calcium: 8mg Iron: 0.3mg
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