Wasabi Mary Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14

Created by

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 Wasabi Mary is a spicy twist on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a bit of heat in their drinks. The addition of wasabi, a Japanese horseradish, gives this cocktail a unique kick that sets it apart from other Bloody Mary variations.

  • Origin: The Wasabi Mary is a relatively recent innovation, likely inspired by the global popularity of sushi and other Japanese cuisine.
  • Ideal for: This cocktail is perfect for brunch, or for anyone who loves spicy and savory flavors.

How Wasabi Mary Tastes?

The Wasabi Mary is a savory, spicy, and tangy cocktail. The wasabi adds a fiery kick, while the tomato juice provides a rich, hearty base. The lemon juice adds a refreshing tang, and the Worcestershire sauce gives it a complex, umami flavor.

Interesting facts about Wasabi Mary

  • The Wasabi Mary is a great hangover cure, thanks to the combination of tomato juice, which is high in vitamins, and wasabi, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Wasabi is a type of Japanese horseradish and is traditionally used in sushi.
  • The Wasabi Mary can be garnished with a variety of items, including celery sticks, pickles, olives, and even shrimp.


  • Tomato juice: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Wasabi: 1tsp
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Worcestershire sauce: 2tsp
  • Pepper: 1pinch
  • Salt: 1pinch
  • Celery stick: 1
  • Olives: 2

A few good options for Wasabi Mary are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Tomato Juice

The base of our Wasabi Mary, providing a rich and savory vegetable canvas that's nothing short of a garden party on your palate. The 4oz keeps the flavor bold without drowning the other players. Cut the tomato juice and you might as well call your drink a Vodka Wasabi – not quite the same ring, huh?

Alex Green


2 ounces of this clear spirit acts as the silent backbone of the cocktail. Think of it as the strong, silent type that lets the rest of the flavors shine. Less vodka and you might not feel the buzz, more and you risk a kick stronger than the wasabi's.

Emma Rose


This green devil adds a unique heat that climbs up your nose faster than smoke up a chimney. At 1 teaspoon, you're in for a true sinus-clearing experience. No wasabi? Say goodbye to the fiery twist that sets this Mary apart.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

The zesty 1oz of liquid sunshine brings a bright acidity that’ll make your taste buds tap dance. Skimp on it and the drink becomes a tad too humdrum; overdo it and you'll pucker more than a pair of kissy fish.

Alex Green

Worcestershire Sauce

Embedded with a complex, umami-laden depth, the 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire is what gives the Wasabi Mary its soul. Leaving it out is like going to a concert and not seeing the headliner.

Emma Rose

Pepper and Salt

The pinch of both is the seasoning equivalent of tuning your guitar before a gig – essential for the perfect harmony. Too little and the drink's as flat as a pancake, too much and it's saltier than the Dead Sea.

Mary Mitkina

Celery Stick and Olives

They aren’t just garnish; they're the edible swizzle sticks and the snack to nibble between sips. Neglecting them is like forgetting to invite your friends to the party that is this drink.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Wasabi Mary Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, wasabi, salt, and pepper.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a celery stick and two olives.

Pro Tips

  • To get the most flavor out of the wasabi, mix it with a little bit of water before adding it to the cocktail.
  • If you want to add some extra heat, rim the glass with chili salt.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

Spicy Dishes: The Wasabi Mary is a great complement to spicy foods like buffalo wings or spicy sushi rolls. The cocktail's own heat can stand up to these dishes and enhance the flavors.

Brunch Foods: This cocktail pairs beautifully with typical brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict, omelets, or bacon and egg sandwiches. The richness of the egg and bacon is cut through by the acidity of the tomato juice and lemon juice.

Seafood: The savory Worcestershire sauce and the kick of wasabi make this drink a perfect pairing for oysters on the half shell or a seafood tower.

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What you could change in Wasabi Mary

  • Wasabi: If you can't find wasabi, you can substitute it with horseradish or hot sauce.
  • Vodka: You can use any type of vodka, but a premium brand will give a smoother taste.

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And of course - twists🍹

Fiery Wasabi Bloody Maria

Swap out vodka for tequila to bring some Mexican flair into the mix. The agave notes will dance a tango with the wasabi's heat, making a more robust and earthy version of the classic.

Soy Sauce Wasabi Mary

Introduce a teaspoon of soy sauce to enhance the umami further. This twist will feel like a sushi bar in a glass – bringing an Asian inspired version that might just become your next obsession.

Sweet Wasabi Mary

Add a dash of tomato ketchup and a teaspoon of honey to sweeten the deal. The cocktail becomes a curious mix of fire and sweet, a concoction that’ll have your palette guessing from the first sip to the last.

In case you forgot basics how to make Wasabi 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.

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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 Wasabi Mary

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Wasabi Mary?

Yes, you can substitute the vodka with water or non-alcoholic spirits. However, note that modifying the original recipe can slightly alter the taste of the cocktail.

Is the Wasabi Mary served chilled?

Yes, the Wasabi Mary is typically served cold. It is made with ice and served in a tall glass also filled with ice.

Can I use freshly squeezed tomato juice instead of canned tomato juice?

Yes, fresh tomato juice can be used and might give the cocktail a more refreshing taste.

Can I use a blender instead of a shaker for mixing the ingredients?

Yes, a blender can be used to ensure a thorough mix. However, a shaker is traditionally used for this cocktail.

What other garnishes can I use for the Wasabi Mary?

Other common garnishes include lemon or lime wedges, a skewer of cherry tomatoes, or a cocktail onion. Get creative with your garnishes based on your preference!

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