Pickle + Old Bay Bloody Mary

Pickle + Old Bay Bloody Mary

Turning 27 is kinda sad. I’m creeping closer to 30 than 20 and the next milestone birthdays just sound archaic. But you know what’s even more sad? Turning 27 during a global pandemic in which I am unable to go out to brunch and get embarrassingly drunk to celebrate (read: mourn) turning one year older. So, in spirit of my fleeting youth, I’ve been trying my very best to make cocktails at home with what I have around the house. You’d be surprised to know you probably have all of the ingredients for a Bloody Mary in your fridge & pantry.

The key to building a good bloody is to not be afraid of mouth-punching flavors. You need warmth and spice, you need acid, and you need bold, savory, umami ingredients. Think of the funkiest jars of stuff you have in your fridge – old jar of horseradish or spicy mustard? Perfect. Kim Chi? Even better. No soy or Worcesteshire sauce but there’s a near-empty bottle of A1 steak sauce on the bottom shelf? Throw it in there. You really can’t go wrong.

This Pickle + Old Bay Bloody Mary is a good representation of my lack of desire to go to the grocery store for more “traditional” bloody ingredients. But you know what? It’s so delicious, it’ll change the way you structure your condiment stash and spice cabinet contents.

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Pickle + Old Bay Bloody Mary

A tangy, spicy cocktail, perfect for a Sunday morning. 

  • Author: Whitney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: cocktail
  • Method: mixology
  • Cuisine: cocktail

Ingredients

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  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 8 oz. tomato juice 
  • 1 tbs. prepared horseradish
  • 3/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning 
  • 2 tbs. pickle juice (I used Wicked Pickle chip juice – spicy, sweet, and sour!)
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt & fresh cracked black pepper
  • Optional: 4-5 dashes of Tobasco sauce for an extra kick

Instructions

  • Combine horseradish, Old Bay, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, salt & pepper in a pint glass. Mix with a spoon to combine. Top with vodka and tomato juice.
  • Fill a second pint glass to the top with ice. Pour mix over ice and tumble between the two pint glasses 3 times to combine ingredients well. 
  • Garnish with extra pickles! 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 16 oz.
  • Calories: 275

Keywords: bloody mary, cocktail, vodka