Love mezcal? You're going to enjoy sipping on a Mezcal Bloody Maria!
This twist on the classic bloody mary is going to take your tastebuds out for a spin and is about to become your new favorite drink.
What is a Bloody Maria
A Bloody Maria is the Mexican version of a Bloody Mary where either tequila or mezcal (a type of tequila) is used as the alcohol. Maria is the proper Spanish name for Mary, so it would only be fair to be named accordingly.
Bloody Mary vs Bloody Maria
A Bloody Maria is similar to a Bloody Mary but specifically uses mezcal or tequila instead of vodka or other types of alcohol. The rest of the ingredients remain the same, and the only change is the liquor and some of the garnishes.
This particular recipe uses mezcal, which provides the classic tequila-based Maira with hints of smoky flavoring that's delicious.
Otherwise, the process of making the drink is identical.
What is in a Mezcal Bloody Maria
The star of the show is the Mezcal that is added but let's not overlook the rest of the ingredients in the version of this classic drink. To make this recipe you'll need:
- Mezcal: choose your favorite bottle for mixing and use it.
- Tomato juice: I like to use low sodium to cut down on the added salt.
- Lime juice: freshly squeezed is the best. You can also use lemon juice.
- Horseradish: you can add as much or as little as you'd like.
- Worcestershire sauce: even if you can't say it, you still need to add it!
- Tabasco sauce: this can be optional, but it's a great kick of heat.
- Celery salt: perfect for more flavor than regular salt.
- Ground black pepper: just a dash will do.
- Lime wedge: for garnish.
- Celery rib: for garnish.
- Olives: for garnish.
Make sure to grab the recipe with amounts from the card below.
How to Make a Bloody Maria with Mezcal
Grab your ingredients and a few essentials to make this bloody Maria with mezcal recipe.
- Measure and fill
In a shaker, add the tequila, tomato juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, and black pepper. Fill with ice.
Shake to combine and chill until the sides of the shaker begin to frost.
- Strain and pour
Fill a pint glass with fresh ice and strain bloody Maria through.
Garnish with a lime wedge, celery, and olives, if desired.
Best Mezcal for Bloody Marias
The tomato juice and spices will mask many of the flavors in expensive mezcal meant for sipping. That said, you'll probably be using your mezcal to make other delicious mezcal cocktail recipes where you want something in the medium price range.
If you don't have a favorite brand, below are 3 great options to try in different price ranges:
How to Garnish a Bloody Maria
Everyone loves a good garnish, so join in on the love. You can easily garnish a bloody Maria with celery, dill pickles, green olives, or anything salty that you want to snack on as well!
When to Serve a Bloody Maria
There is no wrong time to serve a Bloody Maria. From weekend brunch to afternoon sipping, bloody Marias is the perfect liquid appetizer for anyone who loves to sip their veggies.
Bloody Marias are also great for outdoor enjoyment, enjoyed with a good crawfish or shrimp boil, tamales, or tailgating!
Mezcal Bloody Maria
- 2 ounces Mezcal
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- ½ ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 ½ teaspoons horseradish, to taste
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 pinch celery salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- Lime wedge, for ganish
- Celery rib, for garnish
- Olives, for garnish
- In a shaker, add the tequila, tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, and black pepper. Fill with ice.
- Shake to combine and chill until the sides of the shaker begin to frost.
- Fill a pint glass with fresh ice and strain bloody Maria through.
- Garnish with a lime wedge, celery, and olives, if desired.