Twists on the Bloody Mary

Mix up brunch with one of these Bloody Mary variations. From vodka to bourbon, this savory cocktail stands up. Try it with one of these popular twists.

classic Bloody Mary cocktail on a bed of garnishes

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Brunch wouldn’t be the same without the Bloody Mary. Many love this savory vodka cocktail as a newfangled “hangover cure,” but the origins of the Bloody Mary actually date back to the pre-prohibition era. It was invented in Paris at Harry’s New York Bar in the 1920s.

These days, this tomato drink — which is known for having a base spirit of vodka — is often mixed up with other spirits, new flavors and crazy garnishes.

So the next time you mix up a batch of your own Bloody Mary mix or set up a Bloody Mary bar, you can shake up all the popular twists on this classic cocktail and enjoy the ultimate Bloody Mary.

Even More Bloody Mary Variations

Bloody Pirate: Mix it up with spiced rum.

Bloody Bull: Add beef broth into the mix.

Bloody Scotsman: Scotch instead of vodka.

Bloody Molly: Replace the vodka with Irish Whiskey.

Old Bay Bloody Mary: Add Old Bay Seasoning to the original recipe.

Bloody Mary foods

And if that’s not enough Bloody Marys for you, try it in your food! The savory flavors of a Bloody Mary lend themselves well to appetizers and main dishes especially.

Here are a few ideas:

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a carafe of homemade Bloody Mary mix with a kitchen towel and a plate of Bloody Mary rim salt

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
The best easy, homemade Bloody Mary mix is made with a few simple ingredients and packs a powerful punch in Bloody Marys and Bloody Marias.
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  • 46 ounces tomato juice
  • ¼ cup horseradish
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons celery salt
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Decant into a pitcher or bottle. Store in the fridge until ready to use. Stir or shake well before using.
  • If rimming glasses with salt, rub a lemon wedge around the outer edge of the glass. Place the rim salt on a small plate and roll the glass in the salt.
  • Fill tall glasses with ice.
  • If adding vodka or tequila, add 2 ounces of alcohol to the glass.
  • Top with Bloody Mary mix.
  • Garnish with a leafy celery rib, a wooden skewer of olives, bacon and/or a lemon wedge.


This Bloody Mary mix will keep in the fridge for about 1 week. Makes about 2 quarts. 


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nutrition information

Yield: 16 servings

amount per serving:

Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 26kcal Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 1g Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0.02g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g Sodium: 585mg Potassium: 282mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Vitamin A: 377IU Vitamin C: 22mg Calcium: 22mg Iron: 1mg
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