It’s no secret that I love, love love a Bloody Mary. My go-to recipe is super simple: Zing Zang mix, vodka, ice and lemon wedge.  {{Zing Zang mix manages to be totally perfect all by itself, no doctoring needed.}} But if I’m not making the Bloody Mary myself, I’m up for something different/complicated/special. I’ve tasted a LOT of Bloody Marys. Here are my top three recipes.

Masters’ Saturday Morning Bloody Bull

A little saltier and more substantial than your average Bloody.

Bloody Bull


  • 1 quart V8 juice
  • 1 10 1/2 ounce can beef bullion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • dash MSG (optional)
  • dash celery seed (not optional)

Combine all ingredients and chill.  Pour large shot of vodka over ice in tall glass and add above mixture.  Yields enough mix for 8 to 10 drinks.

**Adapted from Tea Time at the Masters. If you don’t already own this cookbook, you should.**

Barbecue Bloody Mary

Depending on the barbecue sauce you use, this can skew sweet spicy or spicy-spicy.

Barbecue Bloody Mary
Photo courtesy of The Neelys.


  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 12 ounces vegetable or tomato juice (recommended: V8)
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 3 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash hot sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
  • Neelys Dry Rub, for garnish, recipe follows
  • Jalapeno, for garnish

Mix all the ingredients except for the lemon and garnishes into a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine well.  Rim the edge of the glasses with a lemon. Dip into dry rub. {{Actually, you should do this no matter what recipe you use!}} Pour the Bloody Mary into the glasses filled with ice. Garnish each with a jalapeno.

Neelys BBQ Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 cups paprika
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 3/4 tablespoons onion powder

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. Keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

*Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gena Neely, stars of Down Home with the Neelys on Food Network.**

Sriracha Bloody Mary Recipe

This Bloody’s Asian twist comes from sriracha sauce, the new Tabasco.

Sriracha Bloody Mary
courtesy of The Tasteful Life


  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 3 cups V8 Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha Sauce (available at most grocery stores)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/4 cups vodka

Combine all ingredients and mix. Recipe makes about 4 servings. I recommend you keep the above mix in a pitcher and pour single servings of it in to a cocktail shaker, adding ice and shaking to chill each serving.

Garnish with the vegetables of your choice. I’m not a big celery person, so I like to get creative. Try pickled okra, asparagus, garlic-stuffed olives, green beans or baby carrots.

**Recipe adapted from The Tasteful Life.**

Cheers, Glitter Girls!



PS – If you’re ever in Statesboro on a Saturday or Sunday, drop by the Make Your Own Bloody Mary bar at my family’s restaurant, Locos Grill & Pub. Buy your vodka shot and experiment to your heart’s content with mixers and garnishes. You’ll probably see me there.