A Bloody Mary is my ultimate favorite breakfast drink. It is a brunch staple and can be a meal all by itself. Crafting the perfect Bloody Mary, however, can be daunting. It’s so much more than just stirring up some vodka and a mixer. I’ve watched my mom make Bloody Marys every Christmas morning, and I’ve since learned how to cultivate the perfect Bloody. I’ll share my recipe here, and you can impress your friends the next time you have people over for brunch.
A Bloody Mary is also highly customizable, so you can certainly adjust this recipe to your personal tastes – this is just a good starting point.
Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
- First, get your glass ready. Pour some water (or lime juice, if you have enough) in a plate and dip the rim of your class in.
- Pour some celery salt in a separate plate, then dip your wet rimmed glass into the celery salt. I like to get a lot of salt on the rim of the glass. It makes it look more professional and gives the Bloody a more savory taste.
- Fill your glass with ice. (This sounds stupid to list as a step, but I’ve definitely put ice in my glass before rimming it and, obviously, this doesn’t make sense.)
- Measure out one to two shots of Tito’s vodka. I’m not usually picky on brand names, but Tito’s is my favorite vodka because it is vodka for dog people. Since finding this out, this is the only kind of vodka that I drink.
- Fill the rest of your glass up about 3/4 of the way with Zing Zang mix. This is the very best Bloody Mary mix – it’s not too spicy, not too mild, and it has plenty of flavor.
- Add a few splashes of hot sauce and worcester sauce. I like to go heavier on the worcester. Some people like to add A1 steak sauce instead. Whatever floats your boat.
- Add olives. I like to put them on toothpicks to make it all look more put together, and for easy olive eating. While you’re at it, pour in a spoonful or two of olive juice.
- Cut a lime into quarters. Squeeze the lime and add it to your drink.
- Stir everything really well. This is best served with a straw so you can get all the spices and flavor with every sip and stir it as you drink, instead of having all your spices end up on the bottom.
And there you have it! You can adjust ingredients and add what you have or what you like. Sometimes I like to add in a celery stalk, or some hot pickled green beans. You can also add pickles and pickle juice instead of (or in addition to) olives. You really can’t go wrong so don’t be scared to shake it up and tweak it until it’s your perfect drink. Cheers!