I am not a morning person. I don’t like getting out of bed, ever. But on days I have free I set my alarm and rustle out of bed at the crack of dawn so I can indulge in my all-time favorite meal of any day, brunch! Last month, some friends and I decided to have a brunch party. Everyone brought a favorite brunch dish to share. I decided to make Bloody Mary’s because no brunch is complete without them! And though they are known has the world’s most complex cocktail, they really are very very simple to make. And the best thing about this “meal in a glass” is that there must be hundreds of ways to prepare them, one for every taste of your guests.

The following recipe is for a classic Bloody Mary, but get creative with it! Instead of Tabasco and horseradish use sriracha and wasabi for an asian flavor, or omit the spicy parts all together for more conservative taste buds.

Classic Bloody Mary Recipe
Makes one cocktail
• 1 to 1 1/2 oz vodka
• 6 to 8 oz of tomato juice (depending on the size of your glass)
• 1 dash of salt
• 1 dash of pepper
• 1 dash of Tabasco sauce
• 2-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
• 1/8 tsp horseradish (pure, never creamed)
• 1-2 dashes of Lemon juice

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Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Stir until combined. Garnish with a celery stalk, olives, lime, etc.

Pretty simple right? When you’re throwing a brunch party, make all your mix ahead of time. Multiply the cocktail recipe by how many drinks you are serving and all you have to do is add vodka and pour over ice. For instance, with a group of 6, the recipe, minus the vodka, would be as follows:

• 1 1/2 qt tomato juice
• 1 tsp of salt
• 1 tsp of pepper
• 1-2 tsp of Tabasco sauce
• 1-2 tbs of Worcestershire sauce
• 2/3 tsp horseradish
• 1 tbs of lemon juice

That way you can play bartender and still enjoy the party. The mix is so simple to make, I even made up some extra bottles complete with custom labels and gift tags for friends to take home with them.

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James Luster is a recent transplant from Brooklyn, New York. He's an actor, writer, professional donut maker, and lover of the finer things in life. Currently he's educating himself on the arts of brewing and mixology, and working on his new show set to premier next summer.


  1. Nice article you have here! 🙂 I’ve been a great fan of Bloody Marys. You should try a brand I just discovered called LAVA (www.lavabmm.com). It’s the best bloody mary mix I think since it tastes great and uses whole non-gmo San Marzano tomatoes and is gluten free. =)

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