Bloody Mary Recipes to Help You Kick Off 2016

bloody mary recipes

New Year’s Day is a fraught holiday. To many, it symbolizes a fresh new beginning — a chance to shake off the ills of the past year and focus on a bright future. However, there’s at least one menace from the previous year that can claw its way into the next: the New Year’s hangover. New Year’s Day may represent a new beginning, but to robust New Year’s Eve partiers, it’s certainly not a fresh one. It’s hard to feel proactive about one’s resolutions when crawling between bed and toilet.

In the past, we’ve researched and written about hangover cures. Unfortunately, we’ve found that drinking more alcohol is not really an effective remedy. Still, if you insist on the “hair of the dog” approach, a Bloody Mary is a fine option. It has some healthy things in it, right? Best not to think too hard about that question and just try the unique Bloody Mary recipes below.   

Related: How to Cure a Hangover

1. Yellow is the New Black

Created by Cody Goldstein — Upholstery Store: Food and Wine, New York, NY

Makes apx. 3-4 servings

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  • 6 parts Bloody Mary Mixture* (or about half way)
  • 2 parts Basil-infused Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Prosciutto Jerky**
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mini Mozzarella Balls (garnish)


In a Collins glass, add one large Collins ice cube. Pour in Tres Agaves tequila and top with mixture (allow a ½ inch or so of ice to show on top). Stir to combine them. Garnish the top with 1 piece of basil, 1 piece of prosciutto jerky and mini mozzarella balls (optional).

*Bloody Mary Mixture(1 quart):

  • 5 large yellow heirloom tomatoes (cut into eighths)
  • 2 lemons (squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of black peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 inch Horseradish (chopped)
  • .5 cup of apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients except vinegar into mixer. Begin to puree and add in apple vinegar to help thin out the mixture. Once smooth, pour through a chinois strainer and use a rubber spatula to extract all liquid until mixture is dry and sticking to spatula. Can be refrigerated for 7-10 days.

**For Prosciutto Jerky, place slice in oven at 200 degrees between two pieces of parchment paper and two cooking sheets (to keep flat). Bake for 90 minutes, then pat dry.

2. The Carrot Bloody MaryBluehour_CarrotBloodyMary-e1432160224694-162x350

Created by Giselle Minshull — Bluehour, Portland, OR


  • 1 oz carrot and cherry tomato, juiced
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • .75 oz agave
  • .75 oz Secret Aardvark hot sauce


Add a good pinch of pink peppercorns to the glass. Combine and shake ingredients, then strain and serve in a Collins glass. Garnish with a pickled carrot.

3. The Braveheartbraveheart1-e1434497397517-193x350

Created by Tim Heuisler — Time Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA


  • 2 oz. The Black Grouse blended scotch whisky
  • 3.5 oz. tomato juice (McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix)
  • .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz. Worcestershire
  • Pinch celery salt
  • Pinch fresh horseradish


Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a gherkin, pickled onion, and a piece of bacon.