Caprese Bloody Mary 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 Caprese Bloody Mary is a twist on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail. It's inspired by the Italian Caprese salad, which is a simple dish made from fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. This cocktail would be loved by those who enjoy savory and refreshing drinks. It's perfect for brunch or a lazy afternoon.

How Caprese Bloody Mary Tastes?

The Caprese Bloody Mary is a savory, tangy, and slightly spicy cocktail. It has the freshness of tomatoes, the creaminess of mozzarella, and the earthiness of basil. The vodka gives it a strong kick, while the Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco add a complex depth of flavor.

Interesting facts about Caprese Bloody Mary

  • The Caprese Bloody Mary is a unique fusion of a classic American cocktail and an Italian salad.
  • It's a versatile drink that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a mini Caprese salad skewer, making it a drink and a snack in one.


A few good options for Caprese Bloody Mary are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


2oz Vodka: This is the cocktail's backbone, giving it the kick it needs. If you go less, it gets lost; too much vodka, and you'll knock Saturday night into Tuesday. Skipping vodka makes it a Virgin Bloody Mary - you'll miss the fun, but you still get the flavor.

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Tomato Juice

4oz Tomato Juice: The main stage of flavor; imagine Bloody Mary without it, like a garden missing tomatoes—just sad. You need this balance of acidity and sweetness to contrast with the spicy and salty notes. Swap for Clamato Juice if you're feeling adventurous for a Bloody Caesar.

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Fresh Mozzarella

1oz Fresh Mozzarella: Just like the cheese in a Caprese salad, it gives that smooth texture and creamy note. Without it, you'd be dressing up the Bloody Mary with pearls instead of mozzarella balls—fancy but not fitting.

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Fresh Basil Leaves

4 Fresh Basil Leaves: Muddled to release oils and aroma, it's like a herbaceous handshake to your senses. Omitting basil is like skipping the sunscreen on a sunny beach day—you'll regret it. Mint could be a stand-in but expect a completely different flavor profile.

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1tsp Tabasco: The spicy matchmaker—turning up the heat but not burning down the house. It's like a tiny dance on the tongue. If left out, you'll have a wallflower of a drink that's too mild. A dash of cayenne pepper could substitute for a similar heat.

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Worcestershire Sauce

1tsp Worcestershire Sauce: The umami player, it's the secret whisper in the crowd that keeps you intrigued. Leave it out, and the Bloody Mary won't tell you its life story. Soy sauce might be your alternative espionage agent here.

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1 pinch Salt: Think of salt as the flavor's amplifier—without it, your Bloody Mary is like a rock concert without a guitar solo, definitely lacking. Himalayan pink might be your alternative; it's like changing the guitar for a sitar; a different vibe but still rocks.

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1 pinch Pepper: It's the sneeze in the symphony—unexpected but pivotal. No pepper, no problem—but why miss the chance to add a bit of spice to your life? Ground cayenne or cracked black pepper could be your understudies.

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Lemon Juice

1tsp Lemon Juice: Brightens up the drink like a smile from your crush. Skipping it won't break hearts, but the acid balance will be off. Lime juice could pinch-hit, changing the flavor like choosing salsa dancing over ballet. It's still a dance, after all.

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Recipe. How to make Caprese Bloody Mary Drink

  1. Muddle the basil leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add the vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with a skewer of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomato, and a basil leaf.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality tomato juice for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to your taste.
  • Serve immediately after shaking to maintain the freshness.

Perfect Pairings


  • Bruschetta: The fresh tomato and basil in the bruschetta complement the cocktail's Caprese elements.
  • Grilled Octopus: Its rich, smoky flavor can stand up to the robustness of the Bloody Mary.
  • Oysters on the Half Shell: Their briny flavor is a nice counterbalance to the cocktail’s acidity and spice.

Main Courses

  • Eggs Benedict: A classic brunch choice that pairs well with the savory notes of the Bloody Mary.
  • Bacon Cheeseburger: The umami-packed burger complements the savory elements of this rich cocktail.

Italicize Snackbar: An elegant touch to a casual snack pair, crispy bar delights offer a texture contrast that's simply irresistible.


  • Chocolate Fondue: Believe it or not, the slight bitterness of dark chocolate can round out the drink’s acidity and spice.

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What you could change in Caprese Bloody Mary

  • You can substitute the vodka with tequila for a different flavor profile.
  • If you don't have fresh basil, you can use dried basil.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the vodka.

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Spicy Green Tomato Caprese

  • Use green tomato juice instead of regular for a tangier taste.
  • Infuse your vodka with jalapeños for an extra kick.
  • Add a dash of green hot sauce.
  • Garnish with a small mozzarella ball, a basil leaf, and a slice of green tomato.
  • Expect a greener, spicier, and more vibrant twist to the traditional Caprese Bloody Mary, as if it went on a wild garden adventure.

Caprese Mary Mimosa

  • Swap out half the tomato juice for Prosecco.
  • Replace Tabasco with a dash of balsamic vinegar.
  • Use a cherry tomato and mini mozzarella skewer instead of a whole ounce of cheese.
  • The drink becomes bubbly and sprightly, like the Bloody Mary got dressed up for a classy day at the races.

Smoky Caprese Mary

  • Replace vodka with mezcal for a smoky taste.
  • Include a splash of BBQ sauce in place of Worcestershire.
  • Add a charred basil leaf and cherry tomatoes to the garnish.
  • This twist takes you to a summer BBQ, where the Bloody Mary gets smoke-infused glasses and a taste of the grill.

In case you forgot basics how to make Caprese Bloody Mary

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

Learn everything on how to muddle

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 Caprese Bloody Mary

What makes Caprese Bloody Mary a unique cocktail?

The Caprese Bloody Mary differentiates itself by incorporating elements of the classic Italian Caprese salad into its recipe, making it a savory cocktail that can double as a light snack.

How long does it take to prepare the Caprese Bloody Mary?

It's a quick cocktail and should take about 5 to 10 minutes including gathering your ingredients and garnish preparation.

What glassware is recommended for serving the Caprese Bloody Mary?

Caprese Bloody Mary is typically served in a highball or Collins glass.

Is there any specific choice of Vodka for this cocktail?

Any unflavored vodka will work. The better the quality, the smoother the cocktail will be.

Is this a suitable cocktail for dinner or parties?

Absolutely. The Caprese Bloody Mary is both vibrant and delicious, making it a great centerpiece for any social occasions.and it especially pairs well with Italian appetizers.

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