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A Bloody Mary is a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and usually other spices or flavorings such as Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, beef consomme or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olive, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt.

Left: A Bloody Mary garnished with lemon, celery, olive, cheese, and a cold cut. Served on the rocks in a pint glass.

The epithet "Bloody Mary" is associated with a number of historical figures—particularly Queen Mary I of England—and fictional women, especially from folklore. It is believed that inspiration for the cocktail was the Hollywood star Mary Pickford. Other sources trace the name to a waitress named Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood.

The name likely refers to the blood-like color of the cocktail.

The Bloody Mary is intended to cure hangovers and so is generally served in the morning.

While there is not much complexity in mixing vodka and tomato juice, more elaborate versions of the drink have become trademarks of the bartenders who make them. A common garnish is a celery stalk when served in a tall glass, often over ice. A beer chaser may also be served with the Bloody Mary, although this varies from region to region.

Bloody Mary Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 oz. to 1 1/2 oz. (30-45 ml) vodka in a Highball glass filled with ice
  • Fill glass with tomato juice
  • 1 dash celery salt
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash Tabasco
  • 2-4 dashes of Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. horseradish (pure, never creamed)
  • Dash of lemon or lime juice


Garnish with celery stalk.

Serving Suggestion


May be shaken vigorously or stirred lazily, as desired. Garnish with a celery stalk; a skewer of olives, pickles, carrots, mushrooms, or other vegetables; or even meat or fish (salami, shrimp, etc.) and cheese. Occasionally, pickled asparagus spears or pickled beans are also used.



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