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Bloody Mary

Vegetarian Bloody Mary

* 2 ounces vodka
* 2 dashes Wizard’s Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
* 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
* 1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper
* 2 pinches of celery salt
* 4 ounces tomato juice

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass and roll back and forth to mix. Strain into a pint or highball glass three-quarters filled with ice. Garnish with a selection of vegetables and lemon or lime wedges.

The Bloody Mary is one cocktail where you can go absolutely nuts with the garnishes. I did sweet peppers and cocktail onions here; other good garnishes are thinly sliced red bell pepper spears, lemon or lime wedges, olives, and, of course, the traditional celery stalk. For a more exotic display, garnish with radishes, scallions, or caper berries.

This is pretty much your standard Bloody Mary recipe. What makes it noteworthy is that, unlike most versions of this drink, this one is actually vegetarian-friendly. Worcestershire normally contains anchovies but I recently discovered a vegan worcestershire sauce that makes Bloody Marys accessible to vegetarians and vegans.

I made up a batch of these this morning and served them with huevos rancheros.

Comments 10 Comments So Far

Rob R.

Interesting that you didn’t mention horseradish. I always thought it was a pretty standard part of a Bloody Mary (and it’s certainly vegetarian-friendly).
Best Bloody Mary I’ve had in recent memory was at Marion’s Lounge (Bowery, NYC): plenty of horseradish and a dose of… Bass Ale! Brilliant.

Michele |

I thought the same thing about the horseradish. Mmmm…what do you think?

Kenn |

The short answer is that I don’t have any horseradish in my fridge.

I’ve seen Bloody Mary recipes using horseradish, as well as Dijon mustard, and I’ve seen recipes without them. I haven’t had one with either, to my knowledge. I don’t buy them at bars due to the worcestershire, so this means I haven’t had a lot of variety in them. Bloody Marys are another one of those drinks that can be made in a million different variations. _The Craft of the Cocktail_ even has a two-page spread on setting up a Bloody Mary buffet for brunch parties. Lots of good ingredient and garnish ideas there.

I’ll be sure to pick up some horseradish for next time.

Michele |

oh neat, I never tried them w/ Dijon mustard! Mmmm. I actually love them with Clamato juice but I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that that is absolutely disgusting. Can’t help what I like ;-)

goanmallu |

from where did you buy Wizard’s Vegan Worcestershire Sauce? tried trader joe’s with no luck.

Kenn |

I got mine at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, but you might try ordering it online if you can’t find it locally. sells the 5 oz. bottle for $3.50.

goanmallu |

thanks kenn. will look up rainbow grocery on my next visit to the city.

Meg |

I noticed on another site that they suggest using soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce. I haven’t tried it yet, but it might be something to try it you can’t find vegan Worcestershire sauce.

Michele |

Love the Wizards sauce – I found it at a local Organic Health Food Store. I love using garlic stuffed olives as my garnish and pour about 2 ounces of the liquid that comes in the jar into each mixture.

Learned this in Reno when I had my first Bloody Mary, then started reading ingredients, and found out about the anchovies. Not to mention the mixes have so many preservatives and sugar in them, it is disgusting.

In addition, I always add horseradish as well, and pour pepper in, not just a dash. Super Yummy – and really good using Organic Tomato Juice with no Sugar and Salt. Makes for a little “healthier drink” ~ Yummy going to get the stuff to make then for my vacation this week!!


I used a dash of brown rice vinegar for Worcestershire sauce – so good! Vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, hot sauce, brown rice vinegar, celery salt and black pepper. With a lemon garnish. Mmmmmm!(of course I’m experimenting, so I’m on my 3rd…) :)