VVC Cocktail Lounge: How to Make the Best Bloody Mary

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This is of the utmost importance.

Do you like spicy tomato juice with vodka and vegetables for breakfast?


Yeah, me neither. For a long time.

Then my tastebuds started coming around, THANK GOD. Now there’s nothing like an ultra-spicy Bloody Mary for those special Monday mornings when I don’t have anything to do but watch an entire season of How I Met Your Mother, eat split pea soup, and nap. (Disclaimer: This happens about once a year, and boy oh boy, is it glorious.)




For a perfect bloody mary, you’ll need:

Vodka. A mid-level like Monopolowa is just fine, and for the gluten-free folks out there, it’s made with potato—not grains– so you won’t die or curl up in the fetal position after drinking this.

Tomato Juice. Make it organic for bonus points.

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce. Generic store brands are usually anchovy-free.


Hot Sauce. You can stick with Tabasco if you like, but I recommend Secret Aardvark Sauce. The Spicy Vegan recommends Trader Joe’s Habanero Hot Sauce if you like extra ultra way spicy Bloody Mary’s.

Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.

Celery Salt.



Big ol’ Stalk of Celery.

Mix together 1 shot  vodka 1 cup tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and hot sauce to taste, and a dash of black pepper and celery salt. In a pint glass, pour over ice. Garnish with a lemon and lime wedge and a big ol’ stalk of celery.


–> Make a pitcher if you’re expecting company.

–> Use tequila if you’d like a Bloody Maria instead. (Gross.)

–> Use V-8 if you’re feeling lazy.

5 thoughts on “VVC Cocktail Lounge: How to Make the Best Bloody Mary

    vegtasticvoyage said:
    October 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Oddly enough, as a lover of tomato juice from birth, I have never had a bloody mary. On paper I’d friggin’ love them.

    I associate them with L.A. brunches, drinking one outside with sunglasses on top of my head, complaining about something super trivial, but acting like it was the downfall of civilization. But that’s just me.

    Marti Miller Hall said:
    October 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Bloody Marys are my favorite drink everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. In fact, they’re one of the only things I drink ’cause I hate sweet drinks!

    And the ones in Portland at Vita and Portabello are still etched in my memory as the BEST THINGS EVER.

    darris said:
    October 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    A bloody mary first thing in the morning? I’ll skip the vodka and take a walk on the beach (instead of a stagger . . .). Thanks for the recipe : )

    Mo said:
    October 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Whaaaat? I didn’t know most store brands of worcestershire were anchovy free. Awesome! Confession…I’ve never had a bloody mary before. I really want to try this, though.

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