Recipes: Variations of the Bloody Mary

Since the invention of the Bloody Mary, variations of the popular vodka/tomato juice cocktail have made their way into our homes and bars.

The Bloody Caesar

The most popular variation on the Bloody Mary is the Bloody Caesar. More common in Canada than the traditional Bloody, the Caesar uses Clamato juice as a mixer rather than tomato juice, but does little else in changing the original recipe.


  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Clamato
  • Celery Salt
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • Prepared horseradish, to taste (optional)

Coat the rim of a tall glass with celery salt, fill with ice and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Pour back and forth into another mixing glass a few times to mix. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish.

A similar variation is the Bloody Eight, which replaces the tomato juice with V8.

The Red Hammer (Red snapper, Bloody Margaret, Ruddy Mary)

During prohibition, vodka was hard to come by. But gin sure wasn’t. Bloody Mary drinkers soon turned to the only clear spirit they could get, or make themselves, and the Red Hammer was born. In fact, after prohibition ended, people continued to call the vodka version of the drink the same name, but eventually Mary would be bloody once again. The gin version of a Bloody is now known as Red Snapper or the Ruddy Mary.

Bloody Murder

If you like your Bloodies hot, this one’s for you.


  • 3 oz Gin
  • 3 oz Tomato juice
  • Celery salt
  • 2 shakes of Black Vinegar
  • Wasabi sauce
  • 2 shakes of Tabasco

Fill a pint glass with ice and add in vinegar, celery salt, wasabi and Tabasco. Add gin and tomato juice. Pour mix into another pint glass and back again. Repeat. Garnish with a cherry tomato pierced with a plastic sword stirrer.

Bull Shot

In place of tomato juice, add a beef bouillon or beef consume.

No change but the garnish

The Slutty Mary is garnished with a sausage. Ha ha

The Bloody Charlie is garnished with simply two olives to represent a man’s balls.

Really, really weird mixes

The Bloody Marynara substitutes marinara for tomato juice and is served as a shot. WHY?!

Apparently there is a frozen Bloody Mary that includes milk or cream and served like a margarita, with a celery stick and/or a shrimp.




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