Holiday beverages number 4 is the first that’s not a hot drink and the first with my go-to liquor – vodka. Don’t get me wrong; I love hot and spicy drinks when it’s cold and snowy like it is here today as I write this! However, for me, it’s beer and iced drinks most of the year. One of the cold drinks that I think fits the holiday spirit is a Bloody Mary.

Holiday Beverages Number 4

Bloody Mary

My Bloody Mary recipe has a secret ingredient. I don’t use tomato juice. Well, not quite. I use Clamato. Once again, like most of my recipes for cocktails and food, I seldom measure the ingredients I eyeball and add stuff to my taste as I should. My typical Bloody Mary mix includes:

  • A shot or two of vodka. My favorite is Titos.
  • 8 to 10 ounces of Clamato
  • A splash of hot sauce, usually Tabasco, but I’ve used others, including Sriracha Sauce
  • A drop of Worchester Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What about garnishes?

Have you seen Bloody Mary do-it-yourself bars with a dozen garnishes? They include the traditional celery stick, but I’ve also seen carrot sticks, green onions, olives on a stick, and more. Some have salt rimmed glasses others with basil or lemon and lime slices. The garnish is whatever I have that sounds good, although olives are my go-to.

Virgin Bloody Mary

My NA Bloody Mary is Clamato and hot sauce. So, I did a little research and found some interesting variations, including this one from Skinny Taste — Virgin Bloody Mary.


 Tomato juice

Lemon juice

Pickle juice or olive     juice

Worcestershire sauce


Hot sauce

Celery seed


It sounds fun. I may have to try it as a non-virgin drink, too!


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