Bloody Bull Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bloody Bull is essentially a Bloody Mary with beef bouillon added. It's a savory cocktail that's perfect for brunch or a hangover cure. It was popular in the 60s and 70s, especially among the Hollywood crowd. It's a great choice for those who love savory and umami flavors.

How Bloody Bull Tastes?

The Bloody Bull is savory, tangy, and slightly spicy. The beef bouillon adds a rich, meaty flavor that's balanced by the acidity of the tomato juice and lemon. The vodka gives it a kick without overpowering the other flavors.

Interesting facts about Bloody Bull

  • The Bloody Bull is a variation of the Bloody Mary, with the addition of beef bouillon.
  • It was popularized in the 60s and 70s, especially in Hollywood.
  • Despite its savory flavor profile, it's often served as a brunch cocktail or hangover cure.


A few good options for Bloody Bull are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The vodka is the backbone, giving the cocktail its kick without overpowering the savory flavors. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to feel the warmth. More could overshadow the subtle beefiness, less, and you might as well be sipping a soup.

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Beef Bouillon

This is the bull in your Bloody Bull. At 2 oz, it contributes a meaty depth that pairs perfectly with tomato. Skip this and you're missing the point—the drink will lose its 'oomph'. No bouillon? Try beef broth for a lighter taste.

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Tomato Juice

Think of the 2 oz of tomato juice as the canvas for the other bold flavors. It's the refreshing element that balances the drink's weightiness. No tomato juice? You'll lose that vibrant color and the classic Bloody foundation.

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Lemon Juice

Sharp and bright, the 1 oz of lemon juice cuts through the richness and adds a zesty freshness. Forget this, and the drink may feel heavy and flat. Lime juice could substitute for a more tropical twist.

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Worcestershire Sauce

These two dashes are tiny but mighty, providing a complex blend of umami and sweetness. Leaving it out pulls the punch of the Bloody Bull, leaving it a little bit tame.

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Here's the heat! Two dashes might not sound like much, but Tabasco can be quite the fire starter. It's the kick that awakens all other flavors. Too much, and your mouth is ablaze; too little, and it's a yawn fest.

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Just a pinch, to elevate all the tantalizing tastes. It's like the best wingman—unnoticed when doing everything right but sorely missed when gone.

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Again, just a pinch to add a touch of spice. It complements the Tabasco, engaging your taste buds in a dance. No pepper, and the drink might taste a bit one-dimensional.

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Celery Stalk

Garnish with purpose. The celery offers a crunchy respite from the thick, seasoned liquid. Plus, when the drink's done, you've got a snack!

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Lemon Slice

The garnish with a zing, it's not just for looks—the lemon slice can be squeezed for an additional splash of citrus if desired.

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Recipe. How to make Bloody Bull Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, beef bouillon, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt, and pepper.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a celery stalk and a slice of lemon.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality beef bouillon for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to taste.
  • Serve with a side of bacon for a truly decadent brunch cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Steak: The robust flavors of beef pair beautifully with the savory notes of the Bloody Bull.
  • Barbecue Ribs: The tangy, smoky flavor would complement the cocktail's zestiness.
  • Burger: A hearty burger can stand up to the rich flavors of the Bloody Bull.

Drink Pairings

  • Beer: A light beer can cleanse the palate between sips of this hearty drink.
  • Iced Tea: A non-alcoholic option that can provide a refreshing contrast to the cocktail's savory taste.

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What you could change in Bloody Bull

  • You can substitute the vodka with tequila for a Bloody Maria.
  • If you don't have beef bouillon, you can use chicken bouillon instead.

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Smoky Bull

  • Mezcal instead of Vodka for a smoky edge
  • Chipotle Tabasco for a deeper pepper flavor Shake it up just the same, but now you've got a cocktail that howls with a wild, smoky soul. The mezcal's smokiness marries the beef bouillon in an earthy embrace, while chipotle Tabasco adds a tingly, smoky heat.

Garden Bull

  • Add a pinch of fresh herbs like basil or thyme
  • Use vegetable broth instead of beef bouillon Shake it, strain it, and find yourself in a greener pasture. While this might be catering to the herbivores, the freshness of the herbs brightens the cocktail like a morning in the garden, and the vegetal broth keeps it light.

Bloody Maria Bull

  • Substitute Vodka with Tequila The Bloody Bull takes a south of the border vacation. Tequila brings its own sun-kissed fiery spirit to the mix. With the rest staying true to the original, this bull has a festive kick with a tequila twist.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bloody Bull

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bloody Bull

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Bloody Bull?

Yes, you can skip the vodka to make a non-alcoholic version. However, it may alter the flavor slightly.

What are some good snacks to pair with the Bloody Bull?

The Bloody Bull is great with savory and salty snacks like cheese and crackers, pretzels, or pickles.

Can I pre-mix Bloody Bull and store it for parties?

It's best to mix Bloody Bull fresh, but you can mix the non-alcoholic ingredients beforehand and add vodka just before serving.

Does the type of vodka I use make a difference in the Bloody Bull?

High-quality vodka can improve the taste of the Bloody Bull, but the drink's strong flavors usually overshadow subtle differences in vodkas.

What can I use instead of a shaker to make a Bloody Bull?

If you don't have a shaker, you can simply stir the ingredients in a large glass or pitcher.

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