Bloody Mary

Hair of the Dog: A Bloody Mary for New Year’s Morning

Bloody Maryphoto courtesy Bill Lau; used by permission

I am excited to begin the new year of 2015 with a guest blogger. This post, Bloody Mary was written by my better half (who is also an avid blogger) Bill Lau of Potable Pastime.

Bill’s blog is centered around all things drinkable, especially beer. He is a skilled home-brewer and knowledgeable about libations of any sort. Visit his blog for lots of great info on the subject. ~Sue

Bloody Mary

by Bill Lau | Potable Pastime

It’s origins may be disputed (like the Margarita and the Mai Tai), but this classic cocktail has enjoyed enormous popularity for decades. It often features in Sunday brunches and as a “day after” cure (though this is dubious – only hydration, electrolyte replacement and rest can really cure a hangover). The drink lends itself to many variations with its essential base of tomato juice and vodka. This version includes lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce among other seasoning ingredients.

The Bloody Mary also enjoys a wild array of garnishing options, with some versions almost overwhelmed by the wild selection and magnitude of the items chosen to garnish the drink. The bottom line is to have fun with it and enjoy yourself. Also note that you can play around with the base ingredients – sub tequila for vodka and you have the Bloody Maria. Omit booze altogether and you have a Virgin Mary (also known as a Bloody Shame). You can also swap out the tomato juice for V8 or Clamato.

However you make and adorn yours, cheers!

Bloody Mary

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Bloody Mary

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz tomato juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes to 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce (depending how spicy you like it)
  • celery salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a tumbler or highball glass. Garnish with celery stalk and any other desired goodies (olives, pickled hot peppers, pickle spears, hot dogs, sliders, kebabs, sashimi; let your imagination run wild!).

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