Classic Bloody Mary Mix
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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Dang – I haven’t gotten around to stressing about wrapping presents yet, cos, tomorrow, I have to begin and end my Christmas shopping! Yup – times like these I sure am glad we are a small family 🙂
And bloody Mary with bacon??? Duude!!! That’s BRILLIANT!!!
Wait…that is some SERIOUS last minute shopping, Shashi. I actually just got around to wrapping Laura’s gifts this afternoon. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really decide what to get, so I went for the classic “here’s a picture,” now you get to research it and see if you really want it. Why can’t gift getting be easier? As in, here’s a dozen chocolate chip cookies. Boom. Done. 🙂
oh my CRAP! I’d be scared senseless with that wicked looking creature lurking in my basement! The cure, of course, would be for me to start drinking again… Bloody Mary style! You’re right… bacon DOES make everything better… except for nightmares about ghoulish creatures! *shudder*
Hahaha…don’t do, Becca! The good news is that this Bloody Mary Mix tastes amazing just by itself. I may or may not have finished it off sans vodka the other day…and I loved it! Plus, you’ve got a snack along with your drink when you add the bacon and antipasta platter on a stick…haha!
I don’t know how I feel about this post. LOL! The story about Bloody Mary is pretty scary so thanks for sharing early this morning. 🙂 I don’t really drink, but I love the way this drink looks. If I liked tomato juice, I would try it just because it looks so pretty! 🙂 I sound so much like girl. LOL!
Haha, Tamara! I actually thin this Mix tastes great by itself. Sure, you do need to like tomato juice. But here’s the thing…I didn’t think I liked tomato juice until I had a similar mix a few months back…all of the spices and flavors going in the mix make this one a keeper. Now I want a glass to sip on this afternoon…without the alcohol! 🙂
OMG that picture though.. too freaky!!! Time to down a couple of those bloody mary’s!! Haha 😛
Hahaha…when faced with a ghoul in your basement (that now lives in our hot water heater cabinet, btw)…the only solution is to drink more. 😉
Loved the story and this drink looks killer – especially with the bacon! Have a fun, safe Christmas.
Thanks, Kevin! Bloody Mary’s are the best…you get a delicious snack along with your drink. 🙂 Merry Christmas!
You know what….I love tomato juice and I love vodka, but for some reason I really don’t like bloody Mary. Although, I do like that this has bacon in it.
You know what, Dannii? This Bloody Mary Mix doesn’t even need vodka…all of the spices and flavors make it so yummy just by itself. Plus, you get a snack along with your drink. 🙂
These photos are FABULOUS!
Thanks, Courtney! 🙂
I am the biggest human chicken who got spooked from the Ring so thanks for sharig that story 😉
I am in awe that you added bacon. Genius, mate!
Hahaha…I sure hope I am not the cause of you having nightmares all night tonight. Just drink enough Bloody Marys, and you’ll be fine. You might even see Santa! 🙂
Dude, bloody mary served with crispy bacon is the shiz. I’m loving the story too!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thanks, Mike! I’m thinking it’s Bloody Mary time right about now…care to join me for a little Wolfpack toast? Merry Christmas to you, too, my NYC friend!
Now that’s a Bloody Mary!
A Bloody Mary isn’t a Bloody Mary unless it comes with a snack, too. Haha! Merry Christmas, Sean!
Your poor wife! Hopefully she doesn’t have any problem with the drink! Yours looks delicious! In my opinion they need to be properly spiced or they just taste gross. I have no doubt that yours has a nice little kick! Cheers!
Hi David! A good bloody mary a thing of beauty! I love the addition of the bacon. We grow asparagus in our garden and can quarts of cayenne dilled asparagus. The spears are great in these!
We’ve been trying to grow asparagus in our garden, too, Dorothy! We’ve been successful at keeping it alive year after year, but so far no actual asparagus…maybe this year, though! The cayenne-dilled asparagus sounds awesome. 🙂
Hi David! In the fall after the first frost the plants should be mowed down and then in early spring you should mulch the asparagus patch to prevent weeds. Depending on what you planted, generally you will get some asparagus the second year, but shouldn’t pick it. Repeat the mowing and mulching and the third year you should have asparagus you can pick. It also depends on where and what asparagus roots you got, there have to be male and female plants. Hope this helps!
Ooo, I didn’t realize asparagus need male and female roots. I believe we did it from seed, and they’ve been coming up each of the past 3 years…but the stalks are just barely there. Almost like grass…except that I know it’s asparagus because it’s in a row right where we planted it. Good tips about the mulching, though. I often forget that corner of the yard since it’s not next to our main garden. Let’s cross our fingers that maybe asparagus grows this year! (I kinda planted it as a ‘Hey, we can actually grow asparagus’ kinda thing.) Oh, and I’m truthfully not sure if it’s just too darned cold up here to get it to grow, too. Thanks for the tips, Dorothy!!
Wow, it looks and sounds soooo good. The bacon is the kicker for me. I love bacon. I’m reading this at 12:11am and the picture is so good that it looks like I can just reach into my computer and take it out and start chug-a-luggin it. Why, why don’t I have this drink right now!!!!!! It looks so cold and deeelliiissshhh. I will make it in a few hours and my hubby will think I’m a genius. Thanks for your post.
Thank you so much for the kind words, Tynette! Did you end up making this Bloody Mary? It’s seriously one of my favorite mixes, and we often just drink it straight without liquor. But of course, a Bloody Mary isn’t a Bloody Mary until you put a whole salad into the top of it, right? 🙂 I hope you enjoy(ed) it, and thank you so much for leaving a comment! Happy New Year!
Making this again!! I’m addicted!
Awesome! Thank you so much for commenting, Holly. 🙂 It’s about 7:45 on Saturday night right now…I think that’s plenty of time to whip up a batch of Bloody Mary mix, right? Cheers!!
OH Bacon ! Nice. I make mine usually with V8 veg juice, gin and pickle juice. I only have one very seldom because of the diabetes but even so, one tall one can be very therapeutic. : ) I will try your version with the James Bond vodka. I am all for bacon.
Gin, huh? I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Bloody Mary with gin. I’m going to have to try that next time I make a batch! And yes to the bacon! As far as I’m concerned, a Bloody Mary is just a good excuse to serve appetizers and a cocktail together in one. 🙂
Oh, I almost forgot the Tobasco for the Bloody Mary. I guess gin does sound a little odd but sometimes it is a little more gentle in flavor.
Frankly, we don’t drink often because we are diabetic. On New Year’s Eve we have a glass of champagne. I still have the same bottle in the fridge for 3 years now, LOL Once in a while I will have a glass of wine or cocktail but hubby virtually never drinks. Do try the pickle juice for your bloody Mary sometime though. : )
I definitely will try that pickle juice…I can see how that work! And I’m really intrigued by the gin idea, too. Of course, Tabasco makes perfect sense depending on how spicy you want it to be. Yum!! Thanks for sharing these tips…I love learning new ideas! 🙂