Horseradish Bloody Mary: A Kick To Start Your Day

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The Bloody Mary: a brunchtime legend, a hangover hero, and a surprisingly versatile cocktail. This classic drink has countless variations, but today we’re focusing on a recipe that packs a flavorful punch – a Bloody Mary with a healthy dose of horseradish.

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know, from gathering ingredients to crafting the perfect Bloody Mary. We’ll also delve into the history of this iconic drink and explore some creative twists you can add to personalize your masterpiece.

Bloody Mary with Strong Horseradish Cream - Tracklements
Bloody Mary with Strong Horseradish Cream – Tracklements

Why Horseradish?

Horseradish adds a unique depth of flavor to the Bloody Mary. Its pungent bite complements the savory tomato base perfectly, creating a complex and satisfying experience for your taste buds. While some may shy away from the initial heat, horseradish adds a welcome dimension that elevates the Bloody Mary beyond a simple tomato juice concoction.

Here are some additional benefits of incorporating horseradish:

Clears the Sinuses: Horseradish is a natural decongestant, making it a potential remedy for those suffering from allergies or a head cold (though it won’t magically cure a hangover!).

  • Rich in Nutrients: This root vegetable contains vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and magnesium.
  • Boosts Metabolism: Horseradish can help stimulate your metabolism, promoting digestion, which can be helpful after a heavy meal.

  • Now, let’s get mixing!


    2 oz Vodka (high-quality for a smoother taste)

  • 4 oz Tomato Juice (choose a brand you enjoy)
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Prepared Horseradish (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Dashes Celery Seed (adds a subtle celery flavor)
  • Pinch of Smoked Paprika (for a touch of smokiness)
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt (to taste)
  • Celery Stick (for garnish)
  • Lime Wedge (for garnish)

  • Optional Garnishes:

    Olives (green or Kalamata)

  • Pickled vegetables (such as green beans or okra)
  • Cocktail shrimp
  • Spicy peppers (jalapenos or cherry peppers)
  • Celery salt rim

  • Instructions:

    1. Chill Your Glass: A frosty glass makes a big difference. Fill a highball glass with ice and let it sit for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can pre-chill your glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
    2. Prepare the Horseradish: If you’re using fresh horseradish, grate a small amount just before adding it to the drink. This will ensure the strongest flavor. Be careful, horseradish fumes can be potent!
    3. Combine Liquid Ingredients: Discard the ice water from your chilled glass. Add the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, celery seed, smoked paprika, black pepper, and salt to the glass.
    4. Spice it Up (Optional): If you crave an extra kick, add a dash of hot sauce (Tabasco or Sriracha work well).
    5. Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to gently stir the ingredients for about 10 seconds. Don’t overmix, as you want to preserve the texture of the tomato juice.
    6. Garnish and Serve: Fill the glass with fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a celery stick and a lime wedge. You can also rim your glass with celery salt for an extra savory touch. Enjoy your delicious creation!

    Nutrition Facts (Approximate per Serving)

    Calories: 180

  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 400mg (depending on sodium content of tomato juice)

  • Please note: This is a general estimate and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    The Bloody Mary is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed year-round. With its savory and spicy profile, it’s the perfect brunch companion or a refreshing pick-me-up on a hot afternoon. This recipe with horseradish adds a welcome complexity, making it a standout amongst the classic variations. So next time you’re looking for a satisfying and flavorful drink, give this Bloody Mary with a kick a try!


    1. Can I use pre-made horseradish cocktail sauce?

    While it’s a convenient option, pre-made horseradish sauce often contains additional ingredients like sugar or vinegar, which can alter the flavor profile. Freshly grated horseradish or prepared horseradish with minimal additives is recommended.