This horseradish bloody Mary is slightly spicy, packed full of flavor, and the perfect addition to any party or brunch. Ready in just 5 minutes!
This post is sponsored by Sabra. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
I first learned how to make a blood Mary when I was 8 years old.
Yes, I know learning how to make a cocktail at 8 years old might seem a bit controversial BUT my grandpa taught me and he is perfect. So, hands-off.
This bloody Mary is a twist on the classic recipe I was originally taught by adding spicy grated horseradish.
It adds a “bite” to the cocktail that everyone loves and adores.
I served this cocktail with a fabulous brunch hummus toast board but it can easily be served at any breakfast, brunch, or even lunch event.
Ingredients for horseradish bloody Mary
- Tomato juice – I like to use either straight tomato juice or a tomato vegetable blend for bloody Mary cocktails. Use whatever you like the best.
- Vodka – This is the base of a bloody Mary cocktail. If you’re not a drinker you can always leave the vodka out.
- Lime juice – Just a touch of freshness to bring a big bright citrus flavor. Lemon also works well here but my family always prefers lime.
- Horseradish – You want to make sure to use a hot or mild grated horseradish. Not horseradish sauce that contains mayonnaise.
- Tabasco sauce – More or less depending on your love of spice.
- Worcestershire sauce – This brings in an umami flavor that gives the cocktail depth of flavor.
- Spices – I used both celery salt and fresh cracked pepper for this cocktail.
- Celery stalk – Not only is the celery a tasty snack while sipping it’s also a great little tool used to stir your cocktail.
This post was originally sponsored by Sabra and so I wanted to keep some of my original posts to include the delicious hummus toast you see in the photos! This is a great serving pairing that is perfect as a snack, brunch, or even light lunch or dinner.
Hummus Toast Recipes
The good thing about hummus toast is that you can basically top it with anything you want but I picked 3 toppings that I KNOW my grandfather would have loved.
Radish and Fresh Basil Hummus Toast:
I didn’t learn to love radishes until a few years ago when I made radish and butter bites. Before that, I was just not a fan. I think it’s because my parents used to make me clean radishes as a kid and it’s so dirty and gross.
But, in this case, that little spicy radish crunch on top of the hummus is pure perfection.
I think plain hummus would be great for this hummus toast but I opted to use Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus because who doesn’t love the bright addition of citrus?
Red Cabbage Sauerkraut and Feta Hummus Toast:
Sauerkraut is one of my favorite things on earth but it gets even better if you pair it with feta and Sabra classic hummus. Art especially liked that it was on toast but then he could load it with extra toppings.
I was actually able to find this red cabbage sauerkraut in my local grocery store and because it’s fresh it’s super crunchy and tangy.
If you can’t find this exact sauerkraut try substituting it with fresh sauerkraut that you can typically find in the refrigerated produce section.
Marinated Mushroom Hummus Toast:
I really love marinated mushrooms so I just wanted an excuse to eat them so I decided to put them on top of hummus toast and call it a day.
I’ll never understand people who hate mushrooms but I’ll gladly eat all their mushrooms.
Oh, I also sprinkled on a little cotija cheese and some sprouts because life is always better when you add cheese and some crunchy greens.
Garnishes for bloody Mary cocktails
If you’re looking to keep things super simple and traditional stick to using a celery stalk for your bloody Mary. Not only does it make a great stir stick it’s also a delicious snack.
However, if you’re looking for even more options here are some delicious and over-the-top ideas.
- Pickled vegetables – Do you love pickled veggies? Here are a few delicious options.
- Pickled green beans, okra, asparagus, mushrooms, or simple pickles are fabulous options.
- Crunchy vegetables – Besides the classic celery here are a few fun crunchy vegetable options.
- Cucumber, baby carrots, snow peas, or even jicama.
- Olives – Classic and delicious! Here are a few fun ways to use olives in your bloody Mary.
- Blue cheese stuffed olives, black olives, green marinated olives, or classic pimento-stuffed olives.
- Protein options – The bloody Mary cocktails you see on Instagram are always over-the-top and packed full of things like whole chickens and grilled cheese sandwiches. My options for you won’t be that over-the-top but will still be delicious!
- Roasted or grilled shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, chicken satay, cheese cubes, or sliced and skewered steak.
- Stir in options – I like the combo of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce but looking for something else? Here are a few fun stir-in options.
- Pickle juice, Frank’s Red Hot, olive juice, steak sauce, or whatever hot sauce happens to be your favorite.
- Seasoning options – Want to add more flavor besides celery salt? Here are a few options for additional flavor.
- Old Bay, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, or even a light touch of cumin
The best vodka to use
I usually use plain vodka but there are a few flavored vodkas on the market that work really well in bloody Mary cocktails.
- Pickle vodka
- Cucumber vodka
- Spicy pepper vodka
- Lemon or lime vodka
- Olive vodka
Preparing bloody Mary mix in advance
The best part about making bloody Mary cocktails is that you can prepare the mix in advance and add vodka the day of serving!
This recipe is for 1 cocktail BUT you can double/triple/quadruple for as many cocktails as you need.
You can store it for up to 3 days but I typically prepare it the night before it needs to be used.
Storage and leftovers
You can store leftover bloody Mary cocktail mix in the fridge for up to 3 days.
More cocktail recipes
- Want an easy sangria recipe? Try my White Wine Peach Sangria.
- Craving mango sweetness? Try my Mango Mojito.
- Need a classic cocktail recipe? Try my Classic Manhattan Cocktail.
- Love a summer brunch cocktail? Try my Cilantro Cucumber Boozy Lemonade.
- 6 ounces tomato juice
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 celery stalk
- Fill a tall cocktail glass with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker add tomato juice, vodka, horseradish, lime juice, celery salt, Tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Shake to combine.
- Pour into the ice-filled glass, add a few cracks of fresh black pepper and stir into the cocktail with the celery stalk.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 941mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g
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