Best Bloody Mary Recipe

Cocktails | February 11, 2009 | By

**UPDATE – I’ve recently perfected my bloody mary recipe.  The new bloody mary recipe can be found here. (1/04/2011)

Brunch this past weekend was made all the better by these fantastic Bloody Mary’s! This is the all-time best bloody mary recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s a perfect combination of hearty ingredients, spice, and tartness. Try some this weekend! Oh, and yes, this is yet again, a successful Barefoot Contessa recipe. 


3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco), or to taste
1 1/2 cups vodka


Cut the celery in large dice, including the leaves, and puree in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until finely minced. In a large pitcher, combine the rest of the ingredients except the vodka. With the food processor running, pour 1/4 of the tomato juice mixture into the food processor through the feed tube. Then pour the contents of the food processor into the pitcher with the remaining tomato juice mixture. Add the vodka and chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a stick of celery.


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    February 11, 2009

    Oh. My. Goodness. That looks great! 😀 Love that Barefoot Contessa.

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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    February 13, 2009

    Nothing better than a spicy Bloody Mary—my all-time favorite drink! I have found very few recipes from Ina Garten that turn out less than stellar. She’s a gem.

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    July 6, 2009

    Threw a party this weekend & made 3 bloody mary recipes and had guests vote on their favorite. This was the winner!

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    June 28, 2011

    Is this best fresh, or can I make 1-2days ahead?

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    June 28, 2011

    I think it's best fresh…the tomato juice can get a funky taste if it sits open in the fridge.


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    Universal Life Church
    August 14, 2011

    The flavor ingredients in a Bloody Mary will begin to break down very quickly, so you should never make up a batch ahead of time. Use the best, freshest ingredients possible, but don't waste money on expensive vodka. You won't taste it in a tangy, spicy drink like a Bloody Mary.

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    November 23, 2011

    I'm not gonna lie, Bloddy Mary is not my favorite cocktail, some ingredients it contains are a quite disgusting, however my wife love it, so, for that reason I was looking the recipe everywhere.

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