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Spicy Bloody Mary: all about taste improvisation in a glass.

By Jillian Bernardini - Aug 19, 2013 - 01:45 PM
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Before I begin, promise me that you will never, ever purchase pre-made bloody mary mix both in the supermarket or the liquor store again! A Bloody Mary, the quintessential brunch hair-of-the-dog cocktail, is truly a masterpiece of fresh and bold flavors. How does that commercial brand know if you like a bloody mary extra spicy, or with just a tinge of alcohol, or maybe the addition of citrus juice with the tomato juice?!

This is why I am guiding you towards mastering the craft of making the perfect Bloody Mary. Yes, I know it's Monday, but keep this in the back of your mind until Saturday morning and the craving strikes! For John and I, mixing a whole pitcher of tomato juice into bloody mary mix is a silly idea.  It would be too dangerous to finish chugging a whole batch in one weekend, so how I mix our bloodies is individually in personal pint-sized glasses!

spicy bloody mary homemade

It's more simple this way to control the heat level, the amount of alcohol, and any other tinkerings that him or myself may have differing preferences on.  People may laugh for me to post this as a recipe, but the more practice you get following my guidelines for this delicious, fresh and spicy Bloody Mary, the easier it will come to you naturally and you'll become the brunch go-to mixologist.  

John and I have experimented with many vodka's [I'll keep you posted on the tequila attempt this weekend!], and one of our favorites is Grand Ten Distilling's Fire Puncher vodka.  A local Boston distillery, literally a quarter mile up the road from our apartment, GTD's Fire Puncher is the perfect spirit for bloody mary crafting with its addition of locally sourced chipotle peppers. An underlying smoky, yet chocolatey sweet heat truly intensifies the flavor of a homemade bloody mary.

Feel free to play around with the spirit of your choosing and even the garnishes! I love olives and a spicy pickle from Grillo's, and John prefers the simplicity of a leafy stalk of celery. Rim the glass with Old Bay and an extra crack of fresh black peppercorns. Oh, and the smaller the straw, the less likely you'll guzzle yours too quickly and immediately desire a nap.  

Homemade Spicy Bloody Mary

1XTomato juice, Campbells or Sacramento are best
1XTabasco sauce, or similar hot sauce
1Xworcestershire sauce
1Xhorseradish
1Xlemon juice
1Xcelery salt
1XOld Bay seasoning
1Xblack pepper, freshly cracked
1Xcelery sticks
1Xpickles
1Xolives
  1. In a pint glass, fill with ice cubes to the top. Add vodka, just enough to coat the ice, or about an inch at the bottom of the glass.
  2. Pour in tomato juice, leaving a 1-inch rim of space for adding extra ingredients and to stir without overflow.
  3. Add two dashes of hot sauce, three dashes of worcestershire, one spoonful of fresh horseradish, and a small squeeze of lemon. Stir to combine.
  4. In the same glass, add six shakes of celery salt, six shakes of Old Bay, and three turns of a pepper mill. Stir to combine, and taste for seasoning, adding more black pepper, hot sauce, or other ingredients, if you like. 
  5. Garnish with a celery stick, a pickle, some olives, and a little extra black pepper and Old Bay. Toss in a drinking straw, and cheers to the weekend!



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