Bloody Maria: The Tequila-Tinted Twist on an Old Classic
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Bloody Maria: The Tequila-Tinted Twist on an Old Classic

Bloody Maria

Substituting lemon for lime and vodka for tequila, the Bloody Maria is a twist on the classic cocktail that just makes perfect sense. (Photo: La-Canasta)

Since its invention in the 1920s, the Bloody Mary has established itself as perhaps the most visually iconic cocktail in circulation.

Whether you’re drinking a classic recipe made with vodka, a Bloody Margaret made with gin or one of countless other variations, it’s hard to miss the garden patch of veggies and the admittedly pungent smell of tomato juice that has made the cocktail so famous.

Today, we introduce yet another variation — the Bloody Maria.

Vodka is more often than not a subdued flavor, one which sinks beneath the smorgasbord of sauces, spices and juice to create an evenly balanced drink.

In comparison, tequila’s bold vegetal flavor is sure to stand out within even the heaviest of cocktails. The flavor of agave is a natural addition to the palate of a Bloody Mary, so much so that it’s a surprise that this variation has yet to take off in popularity.

If you’re looking to take an old classic in a new direction and have the hefty ingredient list on hand, look no further than the Bloody Maria.

Bloody Maria


  • 2 oz Tequila Blanco
  • 4 oz Tomato Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Horseradish
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 dashes Tobasco Hot Sauce
  • 3 dashes Celery Salt
  • 3 dashes Ground Black Pepper
  • Tajin, for the rim
  • Garnish with:
    • Lime Wedge
    • Celery Stalk
    • Jalapeño Slices


  1. Add tequila, tomato juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, and black pepper to a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled, around 30 seconds.
  2. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a large glass, then rim with Tajin.
  3. Strain the cocktail into the glass and fill with ice.
  4. Garnish with additional lime wedge, celery stalk, and jalapeño slices.
  5. Enjoy!

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Pedro Wolfe is the managing editor of Tequila Raiders. With several years of experience writing for the New York Daily News and the Foothills Business Daily under his belt, Pedro aims to combine quality reviews and recipes with incisive articles on the cutting edge of the tequila world. Pedro has traveled to the heartland of the spirits industry in Tequila, Mexico, and has conducted interviews with agave spirits veterans throughout Mexico, South Africa and California. Through this diverse approach, Tequila Raiders aims to celebrate not only tequila but the rich tapestry of agave spirits that spans mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, pulque and so much more.