According to Wikipedia: The Bloody Mary was invented in the 1920s or 1930s. There are various theories as to the origin of the drink, as well as the origin of its name. It has many variants, most notably the Red Snapper, the Virgin Mary, the Caesar, and the Michelada. Read more about the Bloody Mary Cocktails’s history and name on Wikipedia.
This recipe has been passed down to me from my father and his brother, my uncle Bud. It is a time honored and tested recipe that is good every time. The older guys tell me the Bloody is a great cure for a hangover. If the first one doesn’t cure you, the second or third one surely will.
The key to the entire drink is the lemon juice. If you are short of fresh lemons, don’t even bother making the drink. -Jughandle
Note: I do use Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce in this recipe and others because it’s taste is far superior to anything else. I know that it has HFCS in it but I overlook that minor problem because of the small amount of the sauce that is used in most recipes. – jughandle
Wooden Family Bloody Mary Cocktail
- 15 ounces Vodka A decent drinkable brand
- 42 ounces V-8 Juice original
- 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice or the juice of 6 lemons
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp Tabasco sauce
- 1 Tbsp Onion Flakes dry
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
- 1/2 tsp black pepper crushed or ground
- 1 tsp horseradish
- 1 ounce Olive juice or more to taste
For The Garnish:
- 1/4 Cup Kosher Salt or coarse sea salt optional
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper to mix with the salt for the rim optional
- 3 Olives large olives on a toothpick
- 1 stalk Celery for a stir stick
- In a pitcher that will easily hold more than a half gallon, 62 oz.
- First pour in the vodka. This recipe will deliver approximately 2 oz of vodka in every drink. If you like it stronger, for all means, have at it. Remember that if you use more than this recipe calls for you WILL taste the vodka. This could be good, or this could take away from your drinking pleasure.
- Add all of the ingredients except the V-8 to the vodka and stir
- Lastly add the V-8 and stir thoroughly.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings.
- Cover and refrigerate until needed.
- I have stored a leftover batch of this Mary for several months in the refrigerator. The vodka floats to the top protecting the batch. But I don't recommend that you do this of course.
- In a nice 10-12 oz glass rim it's lip with your salt and cayenne mixture. Introduce a couple or three cubes of ice. Gently pour the Bloody concoction over the ice. Sip and enjoy, repeat.