This Classic Bloody Mary Mix is quick and easy to make.
Serve up a round of delicious Bloody Marys tomorrow morning!
Well, here we are. Just a couple of days until Christmas. Hopefully all of your gifts are wrapped and ready to go. (Don’t worry…I won’t judge if they aren’t. I may or may not still have gifts to wrap myself.) You’re probably either about to hit the road to visit family or running around preparing your house for company. For that reason, I almost called this post “Ode to the In-Laws.” After all, it is a cocktail post. Instead, I thought this would be a completely appropriate time to discuss Bloody Mary. No, not Bloody Mary the cocktail. (Although we’ll get to that shortly!) I mean Bloody Mary the folk story.
According to legend (and also Google), Bloody Mary is a ghostly spirit who will appear if you look into a mirror at night and say her name 3 times. To be honest, I’d never really heard of Bloody Mary until I met my wife. But now I can’t help but know all about Mary. You see, my wife has an unexplained fear of Bloody Mary. Wait, check that, her fear can be explained.
My wife’s high school friends (who we will be hanging out with very soon) love to torment her with threats of Bloody Mary. I believe it all stems from an incident back in grade school. My wife’s friends turned the lights off in the bathroom and yelled Bloody Mary 3 times. That’s all it took. Ever since then, she will not look in a mirror at night. Just walking into a bathroom with the lights off freaks her out. I kid you not.
Bloody Mary has turned into a running joke now…although my wife takes it quite seriously. Bloody Mary made an appearance at our wedding reception. I didn’t actually see her, but she signed our guest book (aka rocks) several times. Bloody Mary even made an appearance at my wife’s surprise birthday party last year. This ghoulish figure was hanging in our dark basement where her friends were hiding to surprise her after work. Some friends, huh? (Just kidding! We both love hanging out with her friends from back home. They wouldn’t be good friends if they didn’t do stuff like this, right?)
Classic Bloody Mary Mix
But enough of the ghostly legend. Let’s turn our attention to the other Bloody Mary. The one that’s perfect to sip on in the morning. The one that makes your crazy Aunt Betty suddenly much more interesting. This Classic Bloody Mary Mix is an easy recipe to throw together…and you might even have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. If not, I suggest picking them up at the store today. Doesn’t a batch of Bloody Mary Mix sound like a great idea for tomorrow morning?
Make sure to grab plenty of delicious garnishes, too. While you don’t need these garnishes for the actual Mix, a Bloody Mary just isn’t a Bloody Mary unless you have a virtual antipasta platter sticking out the top of the glass. A stalk of celery and a skewer of green olives are classics, but I also love sticking a piece of bacon in there, too. After all, bacon makes everything better, right? So whip up a quick batch of this Mix and raise your glass to good fortune for the coming year. Happy Holidays!
P.S. A Bloody Mary typically has vodka in it, but I’ve been known to leave the alcohol out and just drink the Mix…it’s that good!
Did you make a batch of this Classic Bloody Mary Mix at home? Leave a comment, or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Classic Bloody Mary Mix
For Bloody Mary Mix
- 3 cups tomato juice
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice ~1 lemon
- 3 Tbsp lime juice ~2 limes
- 1½ Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
- 1 tsp hot sauce or to taste
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
For Bloody Mary
- Assorted Garnishes celery stalks, Dill pickle spears, olives, cooked bacon
For the Bloody Mary Mix
- Place all ingredients in a non-metal bowl. Stir until well combined; cover and refrigerate overnight.
For Bloody Mary
- Mix 4-5 ounces of mix with 1½-2 ounces of vodka. Pour over ice and garnish with celery stalk, pickle spear, bacon, and/or olives.
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