This Bloody Maria cocktail recipe is made with tequila, lime juice, tomato juice, and spices for a fun twist on the classic Bloody Mary.
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Meet my new favorite brunch drink, the Bloody Maria cocktail!
What is a Bloody Maria?
A Bloody Maria is like a Bloody Mary in that it’s made with tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and spices, but instead of using vodka, it uses my personal favorite liquor – tequila!
The tequila adds a nice little kick to this already punchy drink, and gives the cocktail a nice Mexican twist, which you know I love.
HOW TO MAKE A Bloody Maria
- Salt the rim: Run a lime wedge around the rim of a pint glass and dip in celery salt and smoked paprika. Fill glass with ice cubes.
- Mix: Add tomato juice, tequila, lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, celery salt, smoked paprika, and black pepper to a cocktail shaker or large cup. Shake or stir and mix until fully combined.
- Garnish: Pour the drink into the prepared glass and garnish with desired toppings likes pickled spears, pepperoncini peppers, celery stalks, olives, lime wedges, and lemon wedges.
Adjust the seasonings to your liking
After making the base for this Bloody Maria over 4 times, I finally settled on the perfect mix of sauces and spices.
One ingredient that you may notice is missing is horseradish. I tried adding it in different amounts, but I just did not like the taste of it in my Bloody Maria. No matter how little I added, it was still too strong for my liking. So I decided to leave it out and the final result was perfect.
If you like horseradish, I recommend making the recipe as it’s written, tasting it, and then adding in a touch of horseradish if you think it’s missing something. Totally personal preference.
The Best Bloody Maria Garnishes
Last but not least, let’s not forget about all the garnishes! They’re my favorite part of a bloody cocktail. Here are some of my favorite Bloody Maria garnishes:
- celery stalks
- pickle spears (my favorite – the salty pickle juice pairs perfectly with this spicy cocktail)
- cheese cubes
- cooked shrimp
- even little grilled cheese sandwich squares!
Whether you get a little fancy or go the classic route, the garnishes make all the difference so don’t forget to add them to your drink!