Bloody Mary

Total Time:
45 min
15 min
30 min

6 drinks

  • 3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
  • 36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco), or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

Cut the celery in large dice, including the leaves, and puree in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until finely minced. In a large pitcher, combine the rest of the ingredients except the vodka. With the food processor running, pour 1/4 of the tomato juice mixture into the food processor through the feed tube. Then pour the contents of the food processor into the pitcher with the remaining tomato juice mixture. Add the vodka and chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a stick of celery.

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    As a bloody mary fanatic, I was very excited to make this recipe: I was very disappointed. The horseradish was overwhelming to me and the spices just didn't seem to be right. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I followed the recipe exactly.
    Super good. Super yummy! I really processed the celery to be superfine, less chunky. I forgot to add the onion, so I added lots of onion powder. Just taste as you go along. I didn't have tabasco. My hot sauce had the word "death" in it so I went a bit easy but, still spicy by my own accord. I added extra worchester sauce and olives on a stick. I sprinkled celery seed on the top of each drink in addition to the celery stalk.
    Loved it! I made this and Mimosas for a brunch, and the Mimosas went pretty much untouched once my guests tasted the Bloody Marys. Could have saved myself some Prosecco! 
    I'm giving this a five star rating and I haven't made it yet! Always in search of the perfect Bloody Mary has me running to the store for these ingredients. Thank you Ina for sharing your recipes,You are a genius! :
    This is DA BOMB!..... first time I have tried it.... felt like a whole new world opened up.... the days of buying a mix are over.... Nice Job.....
    I have been making my own for years. Although I don't fully understand her small portions of seasonings I am in love with the idea of food processing the celery and graded onion. It's an amazing addition to a classic Bloody Mary. I use about 1/4 a cup of Worcestershire sauce as well as a few teaspoons of celery salt, pepper, horseradish. Just add and taste add more and taste until you are in love with it.
    Made these without onion since I don't handle raw onion well. It was pretty bland. Had to add salt and horseradish, but still didn't love it. It was, for us, just ok.
    This is an outstanding recipe for bloodies! The blended celery and chopped onion gives the drink a very fresh flavor. In my mind you always prepare the bloody course of brunch with appropriate "sides" (extra horseradish, lime, lemon, hot sauce, etc. for people to tailor their drink to taste.
    Not a bad base, but horribly seasoned. I had to wrap 1/4 inch of a kosher and celery salt mix around the rim just to make it drinkable.
    Delicious! My husband and I made this for a Sunday brunch. It was a way too chunky for us so we strained out some of the chunks and it was yummy!
    This recipe was okay...I don't typically have horseradish or Worcestershire sauce on hand so there were some added expenses I could have done without.  
    There's a fantastic Bloody Mary mix that I usually buy from Sweet Blazes, Inc - it's all natural and not loaded with sodium like every other mix out there. They make 2 different kinds, my fav is called Boldelicious (has cilantro and celery. There's also a spicier one if you prefer that. Look them up! I'm def a fan :
    Smells like spam.
    You have no business writing a review. 
    I don't know what I did wrong! It was kind of bland and it was too thick - almost salsa-y!
    OH MY GOODNESS!! This is SOOO tasty! I have tried so many BM's over the years and all are very bland/tasteless. This recipe is quick and easy to put together and THE TASTE...the taste is fresh & flavorful! The drink I made was thick and had bits of onion and celery floating in it, it wasn't pureed smooth and I loved it. BTW: Even as a virgin BM this is delicious. Finally, a Bloody Mary that I can tolerate! Thank you INA! You rock!
    Very tasty cocktail! I doubled the lemon and salt, then added a teaspoon of pepper juice.
    These were outrageous! This is the best recipe I've found for a bloody mary. Only change I made is, I substituted Old Bay Seasoning for the salt. Love the seasoning so I snuck it in. Thanks Ina for the recipe.
    Awesome...I make these every year for our Irish Fest parade...people rave...I use Clamato.
    I used my Blendtec and it was great. I took fresh horseradish root (aprox. 1 1/2 inches), celery, onion, lemon juice and some of the tomato juice and blended it first. Then just slowly stirred the rest together. It was great.
    I used the recipe to "dress up" regular V8 to spicy!
    This Bloody Mary was one of the best I have ever had and was, by far, the best one I have ever made. I made them for the first time today for a baby shower and left out the vodka so people could add it or have a "Virgin Mary".
     I loved that the video was online so I could watch Ina make it, but I have the cookbook too and the recipe was easy tofollow.
     Ina makes everything seem easy and do-able. That is why I love her and her show. Barefoot Contessa and Ina are definitely my favorites on the Food Network! Thanks, Ina.
    Needs a little more kick . Otherwise enjoyable.
    I've made this recipe 3 times now and I only change one thing. I don't add the kosher salt because my tomato juice (V8) is salty enough. This is refreshing and very enjoyable. Thanks Ina!
    I usually like Ina's creative interpretations of recipes, but this one was a disappointment. The flavor was great, but the texture was awful. I like thick Bloody Mary mix... thick and SMOOTH. This concoction was thick and gritty... felt like I needed to floss and brush afterwards. I even ran all the mix through a powerful blender -- this was after the food processor step. I'll stick with my previous Bloody Mary mix recipe.
    Could not give a full five star rating because although very fresh tasting, the drink was dull - we like some spice her in Southern California. My "Bloody Mary" expert needed to jazz his up - to his 6 oz. drink (over ice), he added a few more drops of both Worcestershire and hot sauces, as well as a hefty dash of cayenne and more fresh lemon juice. Once you try this concoction, you will be hard-pressed to enjoy the pre-mixed blends in the grocery store or cocktail lounges.
    Made two batches of these fantastic Bloody Mary's, everyone loved them! They have just the right amount of "kick" to them. I strongly recommend! Thank you Ina.
    I am not a Bloody Mary drinker and I made this for New Years Day Brunch so that I did not have to call on one of my guest to be Bartender. I was told they were I am adding this is to my brunch menu for the future.
    I'm a Food Network junkie and of all the shows, love Ina the best! This recipe was a great combination of spices and juices, just right for my girls' brunch.
     I kid my husband and children that if I ever ran away from home, look for at Ina's house!
    I've tried many Bloody Mary recipes, adapting without alcohol, but most are bland. Not this one. By substituting the vodka with 2 cups additional tomato juice, or beef broth (as one reviewer suggested), or even water -- if you like a more diluted beverage, the drink is flavorful and delicious.
     If you have a high-speed blender like Vita-Mix or Blend Tec, you can dump everything in with part of the tomato juice and blend until completely smooth. Add the rest of the tomato juice and pulse blend to combine. (If you add all the tomato juice at once, the celery might not puree as well.)
     Next time I will reduce the kosher salt, or possibly eliminate it entirely, as the celery salt seems to be sufficient for even me, who likes things salty. I will also add 1/2 to 1 jalapeno with the celery to give it even more kick, like the canned Snap-E-Tom vegetable juices you can buy at the supermarkets.
     Love your recipes, Ina!!! Thanks for all your hard work. Have your books and use them often, in addition to watching your shows.
    I hate bloody marys but this mix is awesome. I loved it. Felt like I was getting a good serving a veggies. One note...I didn't add the salt called for in the recipe. Felt that it was already plenty salty. You might want to check the saltiness before adding any more.
    Delicious! A lot of work, but well worth it.
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