Kate’s Famous Bloody Marys

Anyone who has been to our house for brunch or spent a Sunday morning with us at an event knows that Kate makes the world’s best Bloody Marys. Trust us.


Kate's Famous Bloody Marys
The following proportions are for one cocktail, but Kate usually makes Bloody Marys by the pitcher, using a 3:1 ratio of tomato juice to vodka and seasoning to taste. For a fabulous variation, try a Bloody Maria by substituting tequila, lime juice, and Tapatío hot sauce for the vodka, lime juice, and Tabasco.
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • 4 ½ oz tomato juice (we’re fond of Campbell’s)
  • Freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon
  • Several dashes Tabasco sauce (to taste)
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes celery bitters
  • ½ tsp prepared horseradish (or more to taste)
  • A splash of dry sherry (we use amontillado)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (don’t be stingy with the pepper)
  1. Add tomato juice to a shaker or pint glass without ice.
  2. Stir, adding the balance of the ingredients one at a time.
  3. Taste frequently until it’s spicy/salty/acidic enough.
  4. The drink should be well-balanced, but with an assertive presence of lemon and spice.
  5. Add vodka, stir thoroughly, and pour into a tall glass filled with ice.
  6. Garnish with a stalk of celery, a couple of pickled green beans, or a skewer of pimento-stuffed olives and peeled cooked shrimp.


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About Nathan Schmidt

Recently retired after two decades as a state government attorney in California, my lovely wife Kate and I have relocated to midcoast Maine where we are restoring a 214 year old house, updating a cottage to rent as an Airbnb, and exploring the sites and flavors of our new home.

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