A Spicy Bloody Mary Recipe – it’s hot, it’s delicious, and it’s perfect for those who don’t like a super sweet cocktail. It’s got everything! Spices, sauces, V8, vodka, and some cute and tasty garnishes. My V8 Bloody Mary looks great, tastes great, and has a spectacular fresh twist!
Spicy Bloody Mary Recipe
Since we’re making a V8 Bloody Mary, can we technically say it’s healthy?
This spicy Bloody Mary recipe is just what I’m craving during brunch when I don’t want yet another sweet drink!
Plus, it’s an easy Bloody Mary recipe I can whip up on the fly!
Let me share some of my other favorite brunch drink recipes while we’re here!
My berry moscato sangria looks and tastes absolutely beautiful – it’s a pretty picture in a pitcher and great to make in large quantities.
And you can’t beat a tequila sunrise! It’s sweet but not too sweet.
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
- V8 – My go-to tomato juice for making a Bloody Mary drink! I like how viscous it is, as well as the acidity, without an overwhelming amount of saltiness.
- Vodka – I like using a vodka that doesn’t have too much flavor on its own, or one that has a bit of spice and bitterness to go with our tomato juice.
- Lemon Juice – You absolutely need that bit of freshness in this spicy Bloody Mary recipe! It does wonders to complement the tomato juice and brighten the whole glass.
Lime juice is a great substitute if you’re looking for one.
- Horseradish – I use prepared horseradish, not horseradish sauce!
The sauce has cream ingredients that I won’t want to mess with when I’m making a Bloody Mary with V8.
- Tabasco – Just a few dashes are all we need!
This is my favorite hot sauce to accompany my V8 Bloody Mary, but some other great options include Texas Pete and Frank’s Red Hot. It should be thin and vinegary!
- Worcestershire Sauce – Thick, savory, and just a little bit sweet. It actually has a bit of everything we want in a Bloody Mary!
As far as substitutes go, you can mix a bit of ketchup with some soy sauce.
Tips & Tricks for Perfectly Enticing Spicy Bloody Mary Recipe!
- Fresh Herbs – Thyme, cilantro, parsley, and oregano all complement our tomato-y Bloody Mary cocktail beautifully!
Give it a try if you like – finely chop them or process them in a food processor before adding to the mix.
- Dress Up the Glass – If you’re not a fan of the celery salt we have around the rim of your glass, any coarse salt works great for cutting through the vodka.
Sea salt is easy to use, and pink himalayan salt is super cute and one of my favorites – if you’re feeling fancy!
- Great Garnishes for Your Glass – A lemon wedge is a given, and celery is a common garnish as well.
But what about some savory, mouthwatering bacon or some tangy olives? You could even throw a pickle spear in there!
How to Make a Bloody Mary Ahead of Time
Your homemade V8 Bloody Mary will last for up to a week in the fridge. Go ahead and mix it all up ahead of time—just give it a stir before serving and pouring over ice.
This recipe makes a single serving, so go ahead and quadruple the amounts if you plan on pouring several at a time.
Hold off on adding the garnishes until you’re ready to serve to keep things fresh, bright, and inviting!
How to Make a Virgin Bloody Mary
This version is known simply as a Virgin Mary drink and is actually a really popular drink in its own right. Making one is easy—just don’t add the vodka!
Use extra tomato juice to make up for the loss of liquor. Otherwise, the two recipes are exactly the same!
There are also Bloody Mary mixers out there that you can purchase to use in place of the vodka – you can find them in the grocery store alongside the other cocktail mixes.
Spicy Bloody Mary Recipe FAQ
You have a couple of options! The easiest is to use spicy V8 juice – yes, they have that!
Alternatively, you can simply increase the amounts of horseradish and Tabasco until the heat is just to your liking.
If you don’t like hot cocktails, then I’d bring the horseradish down to just one tablespoon.
You may want to start without the horseradish altogether and then just add to taste at the end. Same goes for Tabasco! It’s really easy to mix in, so simply save it and add enough to get the flavor but not the heat.
Just make it stirred, not shaken! Add everything to a glass and stir thoroughly. Top it all off with ice at the very end to finish, or pour over ice in a separate glass.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Cocktail Recipes
- 8 ounces v8, or spicy v8, or tomato juice
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 dashes tabasco sauce
- 1 lemon wedge
- 2 teaspoon celery salt
- green olives, celery, bacon, lemons
- Add several ice cubes to a cocktail shaker, then add in the tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and tabasco sauce. Shake the drink to combine.
- Press the lemon wedge around the rim of a 12-ounce (or larger) glass. Pour the celery salt onto a plate and dip the rim of your glass into the celery salt.
- Pour the bloody mary into the glass and add your desired garnishes.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published December 2022
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