Bloody Mary Cocktail in an orange glass with garnishes on the bar

Servings: 1 Bloody Mary
Recipe by: Peggy Abood

This recipe is for one Bloody Mary; if you're using a mix, use jut the vodka, hot sauce, and garnishes over ice, and none of the other ingredients. To make for a crowd, mix in a large pitcher, increasing the proportions based on the number of guests. Don't include the alcohol in the pitcher for mixing. Serve the pitcher of mixed Bloody Mary alongside glasses filled with ice, garnishes, and the bottle of vodka so guests can measure out their own alcohol; many prefer a lighter drink and want to control how much alcohol goes in.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz. vodka (spicy versions work well)
  • 1 lemon, half for juice and half for a garnish wedge
  • 6 oz. V8 tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill pickle juice (yes brother, I figured it out!)
  • 1-2 shakes celery salt
  • 1-2 grinds black pepper
  • Dash hot sauce (optional)
  • 3 large pimento-stuffed green olives

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail mixer filled with ice and stir for thirty seconds until well mixed. Strain into a tall Collins glass filled with fresh ice.

  2. Skewer a small toothpick (fringe is nice) with the three olives, and another with a couple of lemon (and/or lime) wedges. Place these in the top of the cocktail glass, nestled in the ice. Serve immediately.