Happy National Bloody Mary Day!

Spicy Bloody Mary at John's Place in Chicago; Photo taken by Megy Karydes

Spicy Bloody Mary at John’s Place in Chicago; Photo taken by Megy Karydes

One of my favorite drinks is being celebrated today!

There are as many myths surrounding the popular brunch drink’s origins as there are ways to make it but one thing is for sure: when the bartender makes a good one, you’ll remember it and figure out ways to return soon enough to enjoy it again.

Cheers to a new year, everyone. I hope it included a Bloody Mary.

Recipe for a Spicy Bloody Mary

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 splashes of a hot sauce like Tabasco or Sriracha (I’m partial to Sriracha)
  • 2 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • A pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of celery salt (optional)
  • Freshly grated horseradish (optional)

Depending on your taste (or your bartender’s taste), garnishes could include a celery stalk, lemon or lime wedges, green olives, pickles and cheese.

Combine the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, hot sauce of choice, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and horseradish. Add ice and roll back and forth (don’t shake). Strain into a goblet and garnish per your preferences.


Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to 10best.com which is part of the USA Today Travel family and TravelingMom.com as Foodie TravelingMom among other print magazines and online media outlets.

One thought on “Happy National Bloody Mary Day!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s