Bloody Maria Recipe

Bloody Maria Recipe

We’ve put a yummy twist to a famous tomato juice cocktail. Surely, you’ve heard of the Bloody Mary cocktail which is a blend of tomato juice and vodka. But for this recipe, we introduce its tequila counterpart. The Bloody Maria recipe omits the vodka and uses tequila, adding bold and citrusy Mexican vibes to the drink. It’s one of the best tequila cocktails you’ll ever try! Enjoy your Bloody Mary with some potato chips or bites of grilled cheese.

Tips on Making Bloody Maria

You can easily whip up this tomato alcohol drink in front of your guests to entertain them. But before you try this Bloody Maria recipe, here are the best tips about making it:

  • Chill all the Bloody Maria ingredients, glasses, and shakers first. This way, you will need less ice which also means less dilution on the drink. You’ll be able to enjoy it thick and flavorful.
  • Make it up to 1 day ahead. The flavor gets even better over time! Simply chill it in the fridge until ready to use. Give it a mix right before serving it.
  • Strain it using a cocktail strainer for a smooth drink. This will remove any horseradish bits if you prefer not to have them on your drink.
  • Garnish your Bloody Maria with delicious ingredients such as dill pickle spears, stuffed olives, pepperoncini, jalapeno, and even sharp cheddar cheese. You can thread them together on bamboo cocktail picks or mix them into the drink.
  • Rim only half of the glass with salt, especially if you’re serving it with a crowd. This way, they can easily pick whether they want salt on their drink or not.

More Bloody Mary Recipes and Variants to Try

  • Bloody Caesar — Clamato tomato cocktail, which contains clam broth and MSG, adds a savory flare to the drink. It’s best with a shrimp and an onlive on a cocktail for garnish.
  • Bloody Mary Smoothie — This refreshing Bloody Mary smoothie lets you enjoy all the flavors of the Bloody Mary ingredients, including the garnishes, in a thick, smooth drink made creamy by avocados.
  • Balsamic Bloody Mary — The addition of balsamic vinegar in this cocktail makes it extra bright and tangy. 
  • Frozen Bloody Mary — This frozen drink is a great idea because you won’t need to use ice that might dilute the flavor of your drink. Just chill the tomato, all the liquids, and your serving glass before making it.

How to Make Bloody Maria

Grab a classic Bloody Mary with a tequila twist. This Bloody Maria gives you the perfect balance of sour and spicy with tomato juice, fresh lemon juice, tabasco sauce, smoked paprika, and more!

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 4 oz tomato juice
  • ½ lime, or lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp tabasco sauce
  • ¼ tsp horseradish paste
  • ½ tsp worcestershire sauce
  • tsp celery salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ cup ice cubes

To Serve:

  • 1 lime wedge
  • salt
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • celery stalk, optional


  1. Add the ice, tequila, tomato juice, juice from lime, tabasco sauce, horseradish paste, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika in the cocktail shaker. Shake well.

  2. Pour the cocktail into the salt-rimmed highball glass with ice.

  3. Top it off with lime wedge as a garnish and serve.


  • Sugar: 5g
  • :
  • Calcium: 41mg
  • Calories: 170kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 352mg
  • Protein: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 403mg
  • Vitamin A: 666IU
  • Vitamin C: 38mg
Nutrition Disclaimer
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Bloody Mary and a Bloody Maria?

A Bloody Maria drink is simply Bloody Mary with tequila. They both contain tomato juice, lemon or lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.

What to use to rim a Bloody Maria?

Aside from salt, there are actually other spices you can use to rim your Bloody Maria glasses. You can use a mix of equal parts of kosher salt, cumin, black pepper, ground ginger, garlic powder, and onion powder. Make it extra spicy by mixing chili powder with the salt to rim the glass. You can also place a dash of Mexican hot sauce into the mix for added heat. On another note, if you’ll be garnishing it with shrimp, scallops, or any seafood, old bay seasoning is a good flavor to go along with.

Does Bloody Mary help cure hangovers?

Yes. Aside from giving you a valid excuse to have a drink in the morning, Bloody Mary and its variants, such as this Bloody Maria, help make you feel better when you’re on a hangover. You get the hangover feeling once all of the alcohol has been expelled out of your body. So, having a bit more alcohol slows this process down, delaying the hangover symptoms. As it delays, the electrolytes and vitamin C from the tomato juice helps cure the symptoms as well.

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You’ll surely love the taste of tomato juice, spices, and tequila in a refreshing glass of Bloody Maria! Enjoy it at a night party, or on the day after to help cure your hangover.
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