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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 Maria is a twist on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail, substituting tequila for vodka. It is believed to have originated in Mexico in the mid-20th century and has since gained popularity worldwide. This spicy and savory cocktail is a favorite among brunch enthusiasts and those who enjoy a little heat in their drinks.

  • Originated in Mexico
  • Popular for brunch
  • A twist on the classic Bloody Mary

How Bloody Maria Tastes?

The Bloody Maria is a savory, spicy, and tangy cocktail with a hint of smokiness from the tequila. It has a rich tomato base, complemented by the heat of hot sauce and the freshness of lime.

Interesting facts about Bloody Maria

  • The Bloody Maria is often considered a hangover cure due to its combination of hydrating tomato juice and hair-of-the-dog alcohol.
  • The cocktail can be customized with various garnishes, such as olives, pickles, or even bacon.
  • The name 'Bloody Maria' is a play on the name 'Bloody Mary', with 'Maria' being a common Spanish name, reflecting the cocktail's Mexican origins.



The soul of the Bloody Maria, providing a smooth and strong base that carries the flavors through. A good quality tequila will be smoother and make a significant difference, as opposed to a lower quality one that could overwhelm with harshness. If you skipped this, you'd just have a spicy tomato juice – not nearly as fun!

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Tomato Juice

Tomato is the backbone of this drink, offering a hearty and rich canvas for the rest of the ingredients. Too much can make the drink too thick and overpowering, too little and it wouldn't hold up to the strong flavors. It's a tomato tango with the tequila that shouldn't be stepped on!

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Lime Juice

This adds a zesty, citrus kick to the cocktail that brightens up the flavors. Just the right amount of pucker-power! Without the lime juice, the drink can taste flat and one-dimensional. It's like the difference between a sunny and a cloudy day.

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Worcestershire Sauce

It's the umami bomb in the mix that gives depth and complexity. Imagine a bass guitar in a rock band - you might not always notice it, but you would miss it if it wasn't there!

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Hot Sauce

This is what brings the heat to the party! A little goes a long way, but without it, you miss out on that fiery kick that makes the Bloody Maria so bold. It's the difference between a fiesta and a siesta.

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This adds a distinctive, pungent punch. It's not just about spice but also texture and layered flavor. If omitted, you lose out on a level of zing that makes the drink memorable.

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Ground Pepper and Salt

These are the essential seasonings that fine-tune the flavors, drawing out the best in all the components. They're like the supporting actors that deserve an Oscar too!

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The celery stalk, green olive, and lime wedge add not just to the aesthetics but provide varying textures and a refreshing crunch. It's a full sensory experience! Ditch these, and you're robbing your Bloody Maria of its character.

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Recipe. How to make Bloody Maria Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the tequila, tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, horseradish, ground pepper, and ground salt to the shaker.
  3. Shake well to combine all ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a celery stalk, green olive, and lime wedge.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for a brighter flavor.
  • For a smoother drink, consider using a high-quality tequila.
  • Adjust the hot sauce to your personal heat preference.

Perfect Pairings


  • Tacos: The spice of the Bloody Maria pairs beautifully with the savory flavors of tacos, especially those with grilled meats or fish.
  • Chips and Salsa: The acidity and spice of the cocktail cut through the richness of the guacamole and complements the freshness of the salsa.
  • Cheese Quesadillas: The gooey melted cheese is balanced by the robust and spicy flavors of the Bloody Maria.

Brunch Dishes

  • Huevos Rancheros: Eggs, beans, and tortillas alongside the Bloody Maria create a quintessential Mexican brunch.
  • Chilaquiles: This traditional breakfast dish with its tangy and spicy ingredients is echoed in the flavors of the Bloody Maria.


  • Shrimp Cocktail: The tomato-based cocktail and the seafood's sweetness are a match made in heaven.
  • Grilled Fish: A light, grilled fish would contrast nicely with the bold flavor of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Bloody Maria

  • Vodka can be used instead of tequila for a traditional Bloody Mary.
  • Clamato juice can replace tomato juice for a different flavor profile.
  • Lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice.

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And of course - twists🍹

Mezcal Maria

Swap the tequila for mezcal to get a smoky twist on the classic. Mezcal adds an earthy, smoky depth that tequila can’t quite provide.

Ingredients: Replace tequila with 2 oz of mezcal. Recipe: Same as the original, but with the mezcal twist. Flavor: Expect a lingering smoky charm that dances alongside the spicy and tangy flavors.

Verde Maria

Introduce some freshness with tomatillo juice instead of tomato juice, for a greener, tangier version of the classic.

Ingredients: Replace tomato juice with 4 oz of tomatillo juice. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, substituting the tomato with tomatillo juice. Flavor: More herbal and fresh, this twist balances out the heat with a more vegetal tang.

Spicy Cucumber Maria

Add muddled cucumber and a spicy rim to the glass for a refreshing and spicy touch that'll cool you down as it heats you up.

Ingredients: Muddle 3 cucumber slices in the shaker before other ingredients. Rim the glass with a mix of salt and chili powder. Recipe: Build on the original recipe, with the added fresher taste of cucumber. Flavor: The cucumber provides a cooling contrast to the spicy and robust flavors of the Bloody Maria, while the chili-salt rim adds a spicy kick with every sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bloody Maria

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 Maria

Is there an alcohol-free version of the Bloody Maria?

Yes, an alcohol-free version of the Bloody Maria is called a 'Virgin Maria'. The tequila is simply omitted from the recipe.

What does the term 'hair of the dog' mean?

'Hair of the dog' is a colloquial expression in the English language predominantly used to refer to alcohol consumed with the aim of lessening the effects of a hangover.

What other types of alcohol can I use in this cocktail?

Although tequila and vodka are the most common, you can experiment with other types of alcohol such as gin or rum.

What type of glass is ideal for serving the Bloody Maria?

The Bloody Maria is typically served in a tall, highball glass.

Can I prepare a Bloody Maria in advance?

Yes, you can mix all the ingredients in advance and store in the refrigerator. However, it's best to add the garnishes just before serving.

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