Bloody Mary recipe: how to make this brunchtime cocktail

Give our bloody Mary recipe a go and take your weekend brunch to the next level

Two Birds vodka bloody mary recipe
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This bloody Mary recipe is the perfect pick me up to enjoy with a hearty brunch. Long used as a hair of the dog, the ingredients of bloody Mary are believed to replenish your ions (thanks celery salt) and the dash of vodka takes the edge off a boozy headache. But if like us you are very sensible when it comes to alcohol and never over indulge (honest...), you will know it better as a tasty accompaniment to your favourite breakfast.

If you love learning new cocktail recipes you should definitely give bloody Mary a go. Unlike the majority of cocktails this is a savoury option and with the tomato juice and celery garnish, can we get away with pretending it is one of our five a day? No? 

Some say the name comes from Queen Mary I of England, other claim that Hollywood actress Mary Pickford was the inspiration. Another tale claims it is a mispronunciation of the word 'Vladimir' both a slavic drink and the first name of Vladimir Smirnov of the Smirnoff vodka family, who drank at Harry's New York Bar where the drink is documented to have originated.

Either way, it tastes great so we just had to share this classic bloody Mary recipe from Two Birds Spirits with you.

How to make a bloody Mary

Bloody Mary ingredients:

Serves 2

  • Large handful of ice
  • 100ml of vodka (such as Two Birds Vodka)
  • 500ml tomato juice
  • 1tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Celery salt
  • Black pepper
  • Celery sticks to serve
  • Lemon slices for garnish


1. Place the ice in a jug. Measure the vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice and pour it straight onto the ice. 

2. Add 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco to taste – we like it spicy – and a pinch of celery salt and pepper. Stir until the outside of the jug feels cold, then strain the cocktail into two tall glasses. 

3. Top up with fresh ice, add a celery stick and lemon slice to both glasses and enjoy.

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