A Bloody Mary with bacon is known as a brunch cocktail, the perfect hangover cure and a nutritious breakfast, all in one. It also seems to be a conversation starter. Whether it’s who does or doesn’t like them, or what kind of garnishes are added.
This homemade Bloody Mary mix is easy to make and only requires a couple of ingredients. Not only is it easy to whip up, but it’s much. healthier than the bottled mixes, that are full of preservatives.
What’s in a Bloody Mary?
The base of a Bloody Mary is always tomato juice. Combined with horseradish, celery salt, Tabasco sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and of course, the garnishes.
Some prefer their Bloody Marys a tad more peppery and spicy, while others prefer theirs more fruity with less spice. You can tailer this recipe to your liking and add more or less hot sauce and horseradish as you see fit.
For this mix, I added half a cucumber, peeled and deseeded. It added a freshness and fruitiness to the drink that is incredibly refreshing.
How to Make the Best Homemade Mix
The secret to making the perfect Bloody Mary is to blend all the ingredients together. By blending, you will be incorporating all the ingredients together and they will not separate as easily.
So, what goes in a good Bloody Mary mix?
- Tomato juice: Always start with a good tomato juice. You can press your own or you can buy canned or bottled.
- Lemon juice: Adding acid to the mix with add a much needed brightness that will lift the tomato juice.
- Tabasco sauce: A hot sauce is necessary when making a Bloody Mary.
- Vodka: Vodka is the traditional alcohol for this mix, but if vodka isn’t your thing, add a different clear alcohol such as rum or gin.
- Worcestershire sauce: Adding this sauce adds a certain “meatiness” to the mix that makes Bloody Mary enthusiasts go crazy.
- Cucumber: This will addd a freshness to your mix. My secret ingredient!
- Celery salt: More than just salt, celery salt is more savory.
- Garnishes: Choose from a variety of garnishes for your Bloody Mary with bacon!
After it is blended, add the garnishes and alcohol separately. Serve chilled over lots of ice.
Bloody Marys are traditionally served with vodka but you can also make your Bloody Mary with gin or with rum if you prefer.
How Far Ahead can I Make the Bloody Mary Mix?
You can make this mix ahead of time if you are expecting company. You can also freeze it.
Make the mix up to 5 days ahead of time and add the vodka into the mix just before drinking.
Bloody Mary Garnishes
There are many options when deciding what to pair with your Bloody Mary. A big celery stalk is synonymous with a Bloody Mary but there are lots of other options when deciding what kind of garnishes to add to your drink.
- Celery: Nothing is more classic in a Bloody Mary than a large stalk of celery. It has a refreshing crunch and is a fresh treat in your drink!
- Candied bacon: It’s sweet and crisp and has a bit of a bite to it. While you might be used to seeing regular bacon in Bloody Mary’s- and you can totally add that instead of candied, give this little extra pop of flavor a try.
- Olives: There’s no shortage of types of olives to add to this drink. Black olives, cheese-stuffed, Kalamata, or jalapeno-stuffed olives will do.
- Pickles: Add slices of pickles to your Bloody Mary to more punch. You can also add a couple teaspoons of the pickle brine to your mix.