best bloody mary

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Jennifer Scott
from Tampa, FL

During my bartending days, my co-tender and I would have drink competitions during the slow night (woe or joy to the few patrons who were our guinea pigs!). I won the Bloody Mary competition every time. ;)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Bloody Mary's and brunch go together like peas and carrots. This one has a little kick thanks to the horseradish and hot sauce. There is a little saltiness from pickle juice. If you've never had a splash of beer in a Bloody Mary, it's amazing. The beer adds a little bit of balance to all the flavors. This is a recipe you can play with and make your own... add more vodka, beer or tomato juice to your liking. The basic flavor comes from the first mixture with the horseradish.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2 Reviews
serves 1
prep time 5 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For best bloody mary

  • dash
    fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    horseradish
  • 3-4 dash
    hot sauce (I prefer Crystal and Louisiana)
  • 2 tsp
    dill pickle juice
  • 1 1/2 oz
    Absolut vodka (not flavored)
  • V-8 original (no other brand makes it as good, don't sub for generic or Campbell's or tomato juice)
  • splash of beer

How To Make best bloody mary

  • Pepper, horseradish, hot sauce, and pickle juice in a glass.
    1
    In the bottom of a glass, combine pepper, horseradish, hot sauce, and pickle juice.
  • Crushing horseradish until smooth.
    2
    Mix well until horseradish is almost smooth (you could use a mortar and pestle, but if you don't have one, just stir fast and for at least a minute).
  • Pouring vodka into the glass.
    3
    Pour Absolut over (if you're making these in advance if you let the mixture sit in the fridge for half an hour or so it turns out even better).
  • Filling glass with V8.
    4
    Fill glass 3/4 with cubed ice and fill to 1" below the rim with V-8.
  • Ready to shake the bloody mary.
    5
    MOST IMPORTANT STEP - SHAKE WELL! Stirring doesn't cut it. If you don't shake it, you'll get clumps of horseradish. If you don't have a shaker, pour back and forth between two glasses at least 5-6 times. The more the better.
  • Pouring beer into the bloody mary.
    6
    The finale - fill the final inch of the glass with a splash of beer, the darker the better!
  • Best Bloody Mary served with a salt rim.
    7
    Serve in a glass with a salted rim (Kosher salt can sub for margarita salt), pickle spear, and celery.
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