A Pitcher of Bloody Mary Mix

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It’s football time here in the university town I call home, so on Saturday mornings my kitchen often becomes the epicenter of pre-game madness. I like to put out a bottle of vodka, a pitcher of my Bloody Mary mix, and a tray of fun garnishes for the fans and let people put together their own drinks.

Now, I understand the benefits of juicing your own tomatoes for the ultimate do-it-yourself Bloody Mary. However, I’ve got to point out that in the middle of winter here in the Pacific Northwest, canned tomato juice tastes a hell of a lot better than the mealy specimens my local grocery store is peddling for $3.99 a pound. So here’s a beefed-up Bloody Mary mix you can make any time, with ingredients you can find just about anywhere.

See recipe below.

As an aside, I’ve found that this recipe works best when it’s allowed to sit overnight to let the flavors combine. So if you have the time, try to make it the night before.

To make a Bloody Mary, fill a 16-ounce glass to the rim with ice and add two ounces (¼ cup) of your favorite vodka. Salting the rim of the glass is optional, but I like to pre-salt a few glasses and set them out. Top with Bloody Mary mix and garnish as you like. Here are some suggestions for your garnish tray:

Celery stalks
Stuffed olives
French cornichons
Pickled white asparagus
Lemon and lime wedges
Pearl onions
Pickled green beans
Cherry tomatoes
Pickled garlic cloves
Pickled pepperoncini peppers
Cooked, peeled shrimp

And for a wonderful treatise on making a single Bloody Mary the right way, check out this video my peeps over at the Small Screen Network have put together.

A Pitcher of Bloody Mary Mix Print Me

  • 1 46-oz can tomato juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ small avocado
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ oz lemon juice
  • 1½ tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1½ tsp celery salt
  • 1½ tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  1. Purée garlic, avocado, and eight ounces of the tomato juice in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  2. Add to remaining ingredients in a large pitcher and stir until combined.

Recipe printed courtesy of jeffreymorgenthaler.com

34 Replies to “A Pitcher of Bloody Mary Mix”

  • Sunny Drohan says:

    Are you still a Bartender at this place?
    Have a good friend whose son has moved to Portland and my cousin Harris has lived there for many years.
    I just came across your blog so don’t have time to make your recipe. But sure will soon.
    Will ask them to try your establishment.

    I am in Bonita Sorings, FL. So unable to partake of your skills. Maybe one day. Thank you for your recipe.
    Had a bacon Bloody Mary at Rick Irwin’s Nantucket in Greenville, SC. With a gorgeous bacon slice as a garnish from Nueske’s.

  • Antoinette says:

    I made this Bloody Mary Mix for a party and it was a huge success everybody loved it. I have since made it again and it is definite keeper. The picture you have yours in, I have one similar I found through Princess House crystal some years ago. Not sure if they still sell them worth checking into if you’re looking for one. thanks so much for posting this recipe

  • Jim says:

    The pitcher reminds me of a beer growler. I have a couple with the silver ringed handle.

  • Adam says:

    Jeffrey,
    I finally got around to trying this after wanting to for a long time. It was fantastic!

    I used homemade tomato juice that I’d canned in the fall. Do you think this mix would survive a pressure canner so I could make pints of mix in the fall as well?

    Thanks!

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