The Bloody Maria drink utilizes tequila to compliment the earthiness of the tomato juice, spiciness of the hot sauce and horseradish sauce, and the brightness of the lime.
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Bloody Mary With Tequila
The Bloody Maria, also called a Mexican Bloody Mary or Tequila Mary, isn’t as popular as the Bloody Mary but it should be!
What is the difference between a Bloody Maria vs Bloody Mary? Both are savory cocktails distinguished by the featured spirit; one uses vodka and the other tequila.
Both are seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and spices, and garnished with a variety of different accoutrements. This ‘Bloody Mary With Tequila’ will quickly become your next brunch staple.
Here are the main ingredients required to make a Bloody Maria cocktail. For the full list of ingredients, please reference the recipe card below:
- Tomato Juice
- Horseradish (Optional)
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Hot Sauce – Our go-to is Tabasco or Tapatio
New to horseradish? Here’s an article breaking down the differences between prepared horseradish vs horseradish sauce.
How To Make
Make the Mix: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, throw in all the ingredients and shake away.
Taste Test: Taste the mix and adjust seasonings to taste.
Build The Drink: Pour the mix into an ice-filled tall glass and garnish away.
One of the best things about a cocktail is the garnish! We tend to keep it simple, based on what’s in the refrigerator, but the more the merrier! Here are some popular Bloody Maria garnishes.
- Fresh Cilantro
- Celery Stick
- Bacon Strip
- Pickled Asparagus
- Pickled or Marinated Mushrooms
- Cocktail Onions
- Cheese Cubes (Feta, Cheddar, Monterey)
- Lemon Garlic Shrimp
- Pickle Spear
Add another layer of flavor by rimming your glass! Some fun options:
- Bloody Mary Salt
- Old Bay or Creole Seasoning
- Celery Salt
- Tajín Seasoning
- Lime Salt
- Bacon Salt
- Garlic Salt
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Seasoning Salt
- To ensure an ice-cold Bloody Maria Mix, pre-chill the tomato juice.
- Always use fresh lime juice. Bottled juice isn’t as refreshing and does have an “off” taste.
- Before you pour the drink in a glass, taste it to see if anything needs to be adjusted. Add extra tequila, hot sauce, horseradish, etc.
- Don’t like a thick mix? Throw it through a mesh strainer after mixing.
- To make a large batch, throw all the ingredients into a pitcher and pour over ice, once ready to serve. Keep the same proportions as a single drink.
Types of Tequila
For tequila novices, you many be wondering what kind of tequila works best with a Bloody Maria. Truth be told, it depends on what tequila profile you’d like regardless of what you’re mixing it with.
Blanco -Also known as silver tequila, Blanco is our go-to tequila varietal 99% of the time due to its pure un-aged flavor. Our favorite tequila brands: 1800, Lobos 1707 Tequila, and Don Julio.
Reposado – Reposado has a softer and smoother finish than blanco as it’s aged in oak barrels subduing the the strong agave flavor.
Añejo – Aged 1-3 years in oak barrels, Añejo has the most dominant flavor profile. It’s typically reserved for sipping vs. mixing.
If you’re into Mezcal you can use it with success.
- 4 oz tomato juice
- 2 oz tequila
- ½ oz lime juice
- ½ oz lemon juice (or more lime juice)
- ½-1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste (*Note 1)
- 4 dashes worcestershire sauce
- 2+ dashes hot sauce (*Note 2)
- 1 pinch celery salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- Add your selected rimming ingredient to a wide, shallow dish. Rub the rim of the glass with water or juice from the squeezed lime. Dip the glass into the salt to create a rimmed glass. Set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and throw in all the other ingredients and shake well to combine. Taste and adjust as needed.2 oz tequila4 oz tomato juice4 dashes worcestershire sauce2+ dashes hot sauce½-1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste
- Fill a tall glass with ice and pour the Bloody Maria Mix over the top.
- Add garnishes and enjoy immediately.