6 Epic Bloody Mary Variations (With Recipes)

We’re about to get real bloody up in here.

Two Bloody Mary Cocktails Garnish With Shrimp Pickled Chili And Olives And Lime
Two Bloody Mary Cocktails Garnish With Shrimp Pickled Chili And Olives And Lime

Are you guys ready for some Bloody Marys? And I’m not talking about the three Bloody Marys it takes to conjure some supernatural stuff (I’ll explain that later for the young ones). I’m talking about all the Bloody Mary variations you probably didn’t know about. 

If you need a refresher on how an original Bloody Mary is made, check out our Bloody Mary post to get caught up to speed. If you love the Bloody Mary, then today we’re going to show you six different Bloody Mary recipes and variations that you can try at home. But before we jump into, maybe first you would like to finally know…

What happens if you say bloody mary three times in the mirror?

You probably know the tomato juice-based cocktail named the Bloody Mary, but you probably never heard of the story behind the Bloody Mary folklore (I mean, if you heard of the cocktail, you’ve probably heard of the folklore but let’s just move on).

Legend has it that if you walk up a flight of stairs backward, look into a mirror in the dark, and say “Bloody Mary” three times, you’ll either see a view of your future husband or a skull looking back at you. If you see the skull, that means that you are destined to die before ever having the chance to marry.

My wife says that when she said it, she saw me staring back at her drinking a Bloody Mary. Spooky, I know. Now onto the cocktails!

A Bloody Mary with Titos Vodka.

Tips before we get started

Here are some words you’ll see across all of the following recipes. As you know, with cocktails, you can shake or stir, but for the following recipes, we are going to use the roll method of mixing. Rolling requires a Boston shaker, whether it’s two metal tins or one glass & one metal tin. To roll a cocktail means to pour a drink back and forth between the two parts of a cocktail shaker. Vigorously shaking tomato juice creates an unpleasant foamy consistency.

Finally, as we have stated in our previous Bloody Mary post, you can strain into any glass you prefer, but we typically like to use a highball or pint glass. Oh, and you should strain with a Hawthorne strainer. 

Bloody Mary Recipes

Without further ado, everyone put your chef hats on, and let’s get into it. Below are the ingredients and directions for some awesome Bloody Mary variations. We hope you love these as much as we do.

Blonde Bloody Mary

Blonde Bloody Mary variations
Blonde Bloody Mary

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 dash of tabasco sauce
  • 4 oz of Natural Blonde Bloody Mary Mix
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Basil sprig and yellow bell pepper for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients (except the garnish) in your shaker
  • Roll the ingredients from shaker tin to shaker tin until everything is mixed
  • Strain into glass with ice
  • Garnish with basil sprig and yellow bell pepper for garnish

Bloody Bull

Two Bulls Charging At Each Other
Two Bulls Charging At Each Other

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • Splash of fresh orange juice
  • 4 dashes of tabasco sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 oz of beef broth
  • 2 oz of tomato juice
  • Orange zest coin for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients (except the garnish) in your shaker
  • Roll the ingredients from shaker tin to shaker tin until everything is mixed
  • Strain into glass with ice
  • Garnish with orange zest

Note: Notes from Dale Degroff: “I used Campbell’s beef broth, and it works fine: just dont use any additional salt. 

It’s okay to shake this cocktail because we are not using tomato juice.

Bloody Butrum

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 dashes of celery salt
  • Pinch of dried dill
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 dashes of tabasco sauce
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 oz Clamato juice or 1 oz clam juice
  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • Lemon and lime wedges for garnish (optional)
  • Ice

Directions

  • Build over ice in a mixing glass
  • Roll the ingredients from shaker tin. Roll until everything is mixed
  • Strain into glass with ice
  • Serve with lemon and lime wedges for garnish

Bloody Maria

Two Bloody Maria Cocktails
Two Bloody Maria Cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 bar spoon filled with lemon juice 
  • 1 bar spoon filled with Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 -5 dashes of Tabasco hot sauce
  • Pinch of salt and ground pepper 
  • 2 oz of Tequila
  • 4 oz of sangria
  • Half a bar spoon filled with horseradish (not horseradish sauce)
  • Ice
  • Celery stick, gherkins, and olives for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients (except the garnish) in mixing glass
  • Start rolling
  • Strain into a pint glass filled ¾ with ice
  • Serve lemon and lime wedges on a side plate for drinkers to garnish themselves

Bullshot

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bull

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 4 dashes of tabasco sauce
  • Dash of orange juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz of beef broth (Cambell’s beef broth)
  • Orange zest coin for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients (except the garnish) in your shaker
  • Roll the ingredients from shaker tin to shaker tin until everything is mixed
  • Strain into glass with ice
  • Garnish with orange zest

Note: remember, If you decide to use Cambell’s, there’s no need to add extra salt.

Danish Mary

Danish Flag
Danish Flag

Ingredients

  • 2 bar spoon filled with lemon juice 
  • 1 bar spoon filled with Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 -5 dashes of Tabasco hot sauce
  • Pinch of salt and ground pepper 
  • 2 oz of Aquavit
  • 4 oz of tomato Juice
  • Half a bar spoon filled with horseradish (not horseradish sauce)
  • Ice
  • Celery stick, gherkins, lemon wedge, lime wedge, olives and giant caper berry for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients (except the garnish) in your shaker
  • Roll the ingredients from shaker tin to shaker tin until everything is mixed
  • Strain into glass with ice
  • Garnish with a celery stick, gherkins, olives. Serve lemon and lime wedges and giant caper berry on a side plate.

Notes

The Danish Mary is the same recipe as the Bloody Mary, only with the substitution of Vodka for Aquavit and the addition of a caper berry for garnish.

Conclusion

So what do you think of our Bloody mary variations? Love it? Hate it? What would you rate it? Let us know in the comments below. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get great cocktail recipes just like this one, straight to your inbox. Until next time, stay safe, get hammered.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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