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A Guide to the Bloody Mary and Its Spin-Offs

These days, there is no “one” Bloody Mary recipe.

Mixed with equal parts vodka and tomato juice, laced with a variety of spices, the traditional Bloody Mary ingredients are:

  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco Hot Sauce

Others even include horseradish, outlandish garnishes, and other hot sauces. Since the drink’s advent, countless variations have spawned, some making light tweaks while others bulldoze the original entirely. Everyone has their own take on the classic Bloody Mary.

Ten Spin-Offs to the Classic Bloody Cocktail

Now that you’re caught up on what is in a Bloody Mary, it’s time to delve deeper and get your hands a tad bloodier.

The only limits are your imagination, liquor tolerance, and flavor profile receptivity when it comes to cocktails, and this seasoned drink has birthed a plethora of spin-offs:

Bloody Maria

While the name hasn’t changed much, the Bloody Maria uses tequila instead of vodka, changing its taste and adding a Latino flair. While vodka suppresses the other existing flavorings, tequila coexists without overpowering the rest of the ingredients. With a squeeze of lime, a 100 percent agave Blanco tequila is a great way to enjoy a cocktail.

Virgin Mary

This version is also known as “Bloody Shame.” It’s been deemed kid-friendly by bar-goers because it has an alcohol content of approximately zero, having had all its booze flushed out. A Virgin Mary is essentially spicy tomato juice with a tepid air of bland sophistication. For those cutting back on their alcohol and need something to satiate their cravings while on the road to sobriety, the Virgin Mary is perfect and nothing to be “ashamed” about.

Bloody Caesar

Ah, the national drink of Canada, created by Walter Chell, utilizes “clamato” juice — a savory combination of clam and tomato juices. Although commercially available clamato juice is available in the supermarket, Mott’s specifically, others prefer their clam broth and tomato juice incorporated separately as this allows them to better control the ratio of both ingredients, eh?

Asian Bloody Mary

If you want to bring on the heat and intensity, this unique concoction beautifully fuses the original ingredients with fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, wasabi paste, and soy sauce. While a culinary experience in and of itself, do note: this spin-off is not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for something spicy and need something to challenge your tongue and tolerance, give this a try.

Bloody Pirate

Ahoy! Where’d the rum get off to? In this version of the Bloody, rum has mutinied the helm from vodka, enhancing the flavor profile and making it fit for a sailor’s rough-and-rugged sea mouth. The classic Bloody may be known to cure hangovers, but this isn’t one of them.

Verde Mary

Also known as Green Mary or Verde Maria, this remix uses gin and tomatillo purée. While the main ingredients are absent, the Verde Maria still calls for black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and hot sauce. A squeeze of lime and cucumber juice with a dash of celery salt makes this a perfect summer cocktail.


Want your beer with a twist? Michelada is the Bloody for beer drinkers. Forget the vodka. A Michelada calls for a light Mexican Cerveza with lime juice, hot sauce, and a drop of Worcestershire sauce to taste. A salted rim will give it an superb finish. Don’t be afraid to go all out and opt for Mexican-style hot sauce and chili salt.

Bacon Bloody

As if the name wasn’t enough proof, the variations to the classic cocktail are limitless. Restaurants and bars have their own “one-of-a-kind” Mary; although there are other variations that only use bacon as a garnish, a true Bacon Bloody infuses the bacon-y goodness to the liquor itself, with restaurants serving this with bacon-infused vodka or rye whiskey. And, yes, there’s actual bacon, too.

Bloody Bulldog

This variation proves that a Bloody can work with nearly any alcohol, with this one, in particular, being a bit more experimental, using a fan-favorite: gin. A British dry bland Bulldog is always the star of the show. Aside from the typical ingredients, balsamic vinegar and a clove of garlic double the fun of this unique take.

Bloody Bull

Did someone order beef broth with their cocktail? The Bloody Bull has a meaty and savory flavor profile, with lemon, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce flawlessly tying everything together. Make one of these if you want something to tickle your taste buds.

With so many variations, you’ll never run out of options to try.

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