The Bloody Mary is a drink right at home on the breakfast bar alongside brunch bellinis and morning mimosas. Perhaps the most famous of the hangover helpers, this cocktail’s cure for what ails you would probably generate lots of praise to the inventor during those early painful moments of reflection on last night’s sins.
That’s if you knew who it was. Thought to be a 1920s Paris bartender named Fernand Petiot working at the fabled Harry’s New York Bar, some form of the the Bloody Mary is solidly on list of the most popular drinks. Thanks man .. or whoever you are.
Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe:
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 3 oz tomato juice
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 - 3 drops hot sauce
- garnish celery stalk, pickle spear …
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and then strain into a Collins glass with a few ice cubes inside. Garnish with celery stalk, pickle spear, olives, lemon wedge, pickled green bean and on and on in any combination. If its breakfast, then maybe more is better.
Many recipes also call for celery salt and black pepper as well. Would recommend those as an “either or” option with the hot sauce. The hot sauce is already super salty and the spicy peppers cover up the taste of the black so both aren’t really needed. But as always, your taste is what counts so season to suit.
Although this could go on forever, another popular ingredient is horseradish. Most just squeeze out the liquid, but having floaters is your call.
Similar to the Tom Collins and many others, the Bloody Mary is a cocktail that has given birth to a large family of related drinks. The Bull Shot substitutes beef bouillon or beef consomme in place of tomato juice ( drink this out of a white shot glass and its a Barina Craft original bone marrow shot ) and the Bloody Caesar uses Clamato juice as a replacement ( popular in Canada ).
Leave in the tomato juice and switch the vodka for another spirit and there are bloody siblings Bishop ( sherry ), Derby ( bourbon ), Maria ( tequila ), Molly ( Irish whisky ), Murder ( gin ), Ninja ( sake ) and Pirate ( dark rum ) along with quite a few others. You may even want to transform the breakfast brunch Bloody Mary into a liquid lunch libation like the Bloody BLT sandwich cocktail.
Your home bar won’t be complete without a favorite version of the Bloody Mary drink recipe included in your own book of bartending basics.