So you want to make your own Bloody Mary mix recipe. Good choice. While there are a number of decent premixed options available if you choose to go that route there’s nothing quite like a fresh Bloody Mary.
Bloody Mary Drink Ingredients
Before we get down to brass tacks I’m going to just say, as I always do, please feel free to deviate from this recipe. In fact, I encourage it strongly, especially when it comes to Bloody Marys. So as you start swapping out ingredients here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Fresh tomato isn’t nearly as acidic as the premixes. I’ve never been a huge fan of Bloody Mary’s because they always gave me heartburn – so I avoided them altogether. As it turns out, the companies responsible for manufacturing the Bloody Mary mixes available on grocery shelves add tons of citric acid to the mix as a preservative – and is responsible for the heartburn. A fresh batch if a good Bloody Mary mix recipe is sure to send you to the moon.
- Adding Lemon juice will help your tummy. Everyone knows that lemon tastes acidic on the tongue but here’s something you might not know – it becomes basic once it’s in your body. Tomato is the opposite and turns acidic in your body (hence the heartburn). Adding an appropriate amount of fresh lemon juice to your Bloody Mary mix recipe will only make for a smoother drink.
- There are literally no rules when it comes to a Bloody Mary base. Whatever you feel like adding, add. I’ve heard of Bloody Marys with oysters, bourbon, mango puree, bacon, peppers, clams – you name it it’s probably been done. What’s important to remember is balance. If you choose to add a salty ingredient to the recipe, maybe consider adding a little sweetness somewhere else to balance it out.
Alright, you get the point. Let’s get down to it.
Bloody Mary Mix Recipe
Some people start with store bought tomato juice (see point 1) or V8 juice as their base. Typically I’ll start with organic fresh tomatoes and just toss them in the vitamix on high for 30 seconds or so and boom, tomato juice. It’s that simple. I can’t say if this works or not with a regular blender as the vitamix’s blades are specially designed to grind and puree anything you throw at it. But give it a go in whatever blender you’ve got though I can’t guarantee the results.
Next I added a little lemon juice into the mix, then lime juice, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar basil and the other ingredients. Flip it back on and puree until smooth.
Once it’s a homogeneous mixture, transfer the mix into a glass container and place in the refrigerator. I leave mine to rest for 24 hours in the fridge. This give the ingredients a chance to become friends in the bottle.
When it’s time to serve you can add an 30 ml (an ounce) of your favorite vodka or continue on with the Perfect Bloody Mary
Complete details at the Last Cocktail
- 70 cl (3 cups) pureed fresh tomatoes
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) fresh lime juice
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) finely chopped fresh horseradish
- 10 ml (2 teaspoons) crushed garlic
- 30 ml (2 tablespoons) finely grated ginger
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) Worcestershire sauce
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) balsamic vinegar
- 6-8 fresh basil leaves
- 2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Place tomatoes in Vitamix blender, blend 30 seconds on high.
- Add remaining ingredients into blender
- Blend until smooth
- Transfer mixture into non-reactive container, let rest 24 hours in fridge
- Serve and enjoy