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Lt. Dan’s Best Bloody Mary Mix Recipe (Homemade!)

Want to make the absolute BEST Bloody Mary Mix at home? Check out our homemade family blend… Lt. Dan’s Best Bloody Mary Mix Recipe.

Bloody Mary Mix

Bloody Marys have become a Sunday brunch staple here in the U.S. It’s almost impossible to go out to brunch without finding a classic Bloody Mary on the menu.

Furthermore, Bloody Mary Bars, with garnishes galore, are hugely popular in trendy diners and locally-owned restaurants.

However, you don’t have to go out to enjoy a killer Bloody Mary Cocktail, with all the bells and whistles. You can make them yourself, at home!

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Our Go-To Bloody Mary Mix Recipe

Lt. Dan, my husband, is the master mixologist in our house. He mixes cocktails just as well as any hipster bartender, anywhere in the country, in my humble opinion.

His Homemade Bloody Mary Mix Recipe is a classic blend of savory ingredients that creates a deep zesty base for Bloody Mary Cocktails.

The depth is created by “layers” of ingredients that combine sharp, perky, and spicy notes, with a bright citrus finish.

I could drink his Bloody Mary Mix all day. Correction. I have drank his Bloody Marys all day long.

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Make-Ahead

One thing I love about Bloody Mary Mix is that the flavor seems to improve with time. Of course, you can drink it immediately. But as the spices have time to mix and mingle, the flavor becomes more robust.

This simple recipe a great make-ahead to keep in a pitcher in the fridge for when you need to stop for an impromptu cocktail hour with friends.

To make Virgin Bloody Mary Mix, simply leave out the vodka.

Mixed without vodka, you can make this recipe up to 3 weeks in advance. However, made with vodka, you can make it up to 5 weeks in advance.

Be sure to place it in a container, with a lid, and place it in the back of the refrigerator.

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What Is Bloody Mary Mix Made Of?

In order to make the Best Bloody Mary Mix, you will need…

  • Clamato Juice – You can use tomato juice as well, but clamato juice offers a deeper richer flavor.
  • Vodka – Choose a good mid-grade brand with a light clean flavor.
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Prepared Horseradish
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot Sauce – Choose your favorite brand.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Celery Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper
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How To Make Bloody Mary Mix (From Scratch)

  1. Pour: Set out a large pitcher. Pour in the clamato juice, vodka, lemon juice, and lime juice. Stir well.
  2. Measure: Then measure and add all remaining ingredients. Stir well again.
  3. Chill: Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Then fill glasses with ice and pour in the Bloody Mary Mix. This recipe makes 4 large cocktail or 6 smaller cocktails.
  4. Garnish: Garnish the glasses with celery stalks, pickles, olives, pickles or raw vegetables, citrus wedges, grilled shrimp, bacon, grilled or raw chiles, or really anything you like!

Get the Full (Printable) Bloody Mary Mix Recipe Below!

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Bloody Mary Garnishes

Bloody Marys can be served as-is, but are much more fun loaded up with classic garnishes like olives and shrimp.

Here’s a list of possible Bloody Mary Bar garnishes…

  • Lemons or Limes
  • Olives – Pitted and/or stuffed
  • Pickles – Slices or Mini Pickles
  • Cocktail Onions
  • Pickled Vegetables – Like asparagus, okra, green beans, or beets.
  • Peppers – Jalapenos, Habaneros, Mini Bell Peppers, Pepperocini… Roasted, Grilled or Pickled
  • Cooked Shrimp – Roasted or Grilled
  • Crispy Bacon Strips
  • Beef Jerky
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Chunks of Cheese
  • Celery Stalks
  • Carrots Spears
  • Cucumber Spears
  • Baby Corn
  • Marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Fresh Herb Sprigs
  • Scallions

It’s a good idea to place smaller garnishes on wooden skewers, so they are easy to access and snack on.

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Can You Make Virgin Bloody Mary Mix?

Absolutely! In order to make a virgin version of this recipe, simply take out the vodka.

You can drink it as-is, or add a splash of club soda to each glass.

Can You Add Other Liquors?

Of course! When you add tequila to Bloody Marys, they are called Bloody Marias. However, you can add gin, mezcal, bourbon, cognac or sherry to the mix.

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Lt. Dan’s Best Bloody Mary Mix Recipe (Homemade!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Want to make the absolute BEST Bloody Mary Mix at home? Check out our secret homemade bloody mix recipe with fresh juice and spices!
Servings: 4 cocktails

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set out a large 6-8 cup pitcher. Pour in the clamato, vodka, lemon juice, and lime juice. Stir.
  • Then measure and add all remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Then fill glasses with ice and pour in the Bloody Mary Mix.
  • Garnish with celery stalks, pickles, olives, pickles or raw vegetables, citrus wedges, grilled shrimp, bacon, grilled or raw chiles, or really anything you like!

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Notes

Want to make a Virgin Bloody Mary? Simply omit the vodka. You can add a splash of club soda when serving or drink it as-is.
Want to make a Bloody Maria? Substitute tequila for the vodka!

Nutrition

Serving: 12oz, Calories: 154kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 408mg, Potassium: 619mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1321IU, Vitamin C: 55mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Lt. Dan’s Best Bloody Mary Mix Recipe (Homemade!)”

  1. And the spicy Clamato gives it an extra zing! I love this.

  2. This is so amazing! My husband really loved it!

  3. I’M afraid it’s a ceaser if using Clamato(invented in Calgary Canada). But non the less excellant recipe!!

  4. The best Bloody Mary mix I have ever come across! Perfect!