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This Bloody Mary Has Real Blood In It

This Bloody Mary Has Real Blood In It

Range Restauramt in Washington DC has a Bloody Mary with real blood

Range Restaurant in D.C. is offering a Bloody Mary with real pig's blood. (Pictured: a classic Bloody Mary)

Range Restaurant in Washington, DC now offers intrepid cocktail lovers the chance to try a Bloody Mary with real blood, if that’s something you’re into. The reinvented cocktail classic features citrine-colored pig’s blood consommé, and Tito’s vodka, according to the Washington City Paper.

Dane Nakamura, Range’s beverage director and the drink’s inventor, told City Paper that his more literal interpretation was inspired by his hatred for the classic version.

“I hate Bloody Marys the same way I hate ketchup,” said Nakamura. “They’re sticky, they get everywhere, and they smell bad.”

And since apparently pig’s blood is a touch more fragrant to some noses than a pungent tomato sauce, thus was born the Range’s truly Bloody Mary.

According to a City Paper reporter who was daring enough to try the drink, it tastes like “the lightest, most refreshing Bloody Mary you’ve ever had. Once you get over the fact that you’ve become a hog vampire, you can taste hints of fennel, bay leaves, and garlic.”

No word yet on how others have incorporated the drink into their happy hour, but it sounds like a job for Chris Cosentino.

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.

Low Carb Bloody Mary

You'll love this low carb Bloody Mary – my adapted version of the classic cocktail! Sugar free recipe with tons of garnish ideas!

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I've called this recipe a “low carb” Bloody Mary – but in truth I haven't changed it THAT much from the traditional version. What you need to watch out for is the quantities – the carb count in both tomato juice and lemon juice can really start to add up. 8 fl oz of tomato juice contains 8g net carbs, so you do need to be careful. Don't be tempted to add more juice than stated in the recipe, and also don't plan to drink three of them! Oh and it's best to stay away from pre-made mixes – at least without checking the ingredients first – as they often include sugar and/or corn syrup.

Planning to enjoy this drink for brunch? Check out all my low carb brunch recipes!

Bloody Mary

Our V8® Bloody Mary is a favorite drink for Sunday brunch or any gathering of friends or family. This peppery and satisfying beverage can be enjoyed with vodka or without the alcohol as a Virgin Bloody Mary. Regardless of preparation, all can agree that this Bloody Mary Recipe is truly classic!

The Secret Origins of the Bloody Mary

When you think of the few "classic" cocktails that bartenders even know how to make anymore, none has a more storied past than the Bloody Mary, this year celebrating its 80th birthday. In fact, if it weren't for the 18 th Amendment and the Russian Revolution there would be no Bloody Mary.

While its original name and recipe may be disputed, its birthplace is not&mdashexcept by one man, Colin Field of the Hemingway Bar at The Ritz Hotel in Paris, who happens to be the world's best bartender but who refuses to believe the Bloody Mary originated around the corner at Harry's New York Bar at 5 Rue Danou.

Harry's (which is in no way associated with Harry's Bar in Venice) opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1911 by Harry MacElhone after an American jockey had a New York bar dismantled and shipped to Paris. This novelty of a New York-style bar became such a welcoming destination for liquor-starved Americans during Prohibition that they learned to tell the Parisian taxi drivers "Sank Roo Doe Noo!"&mdashwhich for a long time now has been painted on the bar's window.

Around 1920, émigrés escaping the Russian Revolution began arriving in Paris, bringing with them vodka and caviar, so Harry's bartender, Ferdinand "Pete" Petiot, began experimenting with the new spirit, which he found tasteless. At the same time Petiot was introduced to American canned tomato juice, which back in the dry days of Prohibition was called a "tomato juice cocktail" on menus.

Over a year's time, Petiot made vodka drink after vodka drink until he mixed it with the tomato juice and some seasonings, and, voilà!, a new cocktail was born, called the Bucket of Blood, christened by visiting American entertainer Roy Barton after a West Side Chicago nightclub of the same name.

The drink was popularized by Americans, so in 1933, Vincent Astor brought over Petiot to man the King Cole Bar at the St. Régis Hotel in New York, famous for its 30-foot nursery rhyme mural by Maxfield Parrish. The drink caught on&mdashparticularly as a supposed cure for hangovers&mdashbut under the less sanguine name "Red Snapper," which is what it's still called at the just-restored King Cole Bar. (Originally, a pint of black peppercorns was steeped in vodka for six weeks to create a mixture called "liquid black pepper," a dash of which gave the vodka itself a real blast of flavor.)

Here is the current official recipe from the King Cole Bar, which sells about 850 Red Snappers each month:

The Red Snapper Original Recipe:

  • 1 oz. Stolichnaya vodka
  • 2 oz. Tomato juice
  • 1 dash lemon juice
  • 2 dashes salt
  • 2 dashes black pepper
  • 2 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stalk.

Just when other bars around town began calling it the "Bloody Mary," with reference to Mary Tudor, Mary I of England and Ireland, known for her bloody reign against Protestants, is vague, but in a 1939 ad campaign for American-made Smirnoff vodka, first made in 1934 by Russian émigré Rudolph Kunnetchansky, entertainer George Jessel claimed to have named the drink after a friend, Mary Geraghty. Recipes under the name Bloody Mary date in print at least to 1946. Butch McGuire's Bar in Chicago claims to have added the celery stick as a flavorful stirrer.

Ernest Hemingway, who likely knocked back a few Red Snappers on his visits to Harry's New York Bar in the 1920s, wrote in a 1947 letter that he had introduced the Bloody Mary to Hong Kong in 1941, an act he said "did more than any other single factor except the Japanese Army to precipitate the Fall of that Crown Colony." (Hemingway also claimed to have "liberated" The Ritz in August 1944, actually arriving a few hours late.) Papa had very specific instructions on how to make a Bloody:

"To make a pitcher of Blood Marys (any similar amount is worthless) take a good sized pitcher and put in it as big a lump of ice as it will hold. (This to prevent too rapid melting and watering of our product.) Mix a pint of good russian vodka and an equal amount of chilled tomato juice. Add a table spoon full of Worchester Sauce. Lea and Perrins is usual but can use AI or any good beef-steak sauce. Stir. (with two rs) Then add a jigger of fresh squeezed lime juice. Stirr. Then add small amounts of celery salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper. Keep on stirring and taste to see how it is doing. If you get it too powerful weaken with more tomato juice. If it lacks authority add more vodka."

One way or the other a Bloody Mary possesses plenty of authority, so to celebrate the octogenarian cocktail's birthday, I went to the King Cole Bar last night, ordered a Red Snapper and drank it with excellent grilled prawns with a smoked aïoli and a chopped salad with arugula, chickpeas, cheese and avocado. I drank a toast to Pete Petiot, to my wife's Russian family, who emigrated to Paris in the 1920s, to Vincent Astor (whose face is that of King Cole in the mural), and to the end of Prohibition, December 5, 1933, eight long decades ago.

And when you go to the King Cole Bar, discreetly ask the bartender Mike Reagan about the secret every regular knows about what's going on in the painting.

Cucumber infused water, a byproduct of our pickling process, is the star ingredient in our famed Bloody Mary Mix. Paired with generous amounts of horseradish, dill, garlic, and habaneros, we bottled the essence of your backyard garden, shattering the stigma that freshness can’t come in a jar. Unlike most mixes, ours only contains ten simple, high-quality ingredients bursting with bold, rich flavors. Bright, vivacious, and spirited, we set a new standard for what Bloody Marys can and should be.

  • Vegan
  • Makes 4-8 Bloody Marys depending glass size
  • Mix with any spirit you fancy! We prefer it with tequila, and it also goes great with vodka, beer, gin, whisky and scotch.
  • Made with nine simple, all-natural ingredients

Net Weight: 32 oz. | 1 quart

Here's the dill. We’re relentlessly committed to making the absolute best products of their kind, and when it comes to quality, we make no compromises. This means we only use the finest fresh, natural ingredients that you recognize from your pantry or garden. None of our ingredients are created in a test tube. We proudly handcraft all of our products in small batches from scratch, in Denver Colorado, with care, intention, and love.

Giving Back. We launched our Charitable Partner Program to achieve our goal of giving back through fundraising and outreach. Every year, we select one nonprofit partner to be the recipient of our donations.

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How many Bloody Marys can I make with one jar?

It depends on what size glass you are using, but you should be able to make 4-8 Bloody Marys with the 32 oz jar and 8-16 with the 64 oz growler.

Is the mix really spicy?

It definitely has a little bit of a kick, but it will not light your mouth on fire. If you can handle just a little bit of heat, you should be fine with it. If you like it spicier, you can add hot sauce or fresh chiles, and if you like it less spicy, you can cut it with tomato juice to dilute the spiciness a bit.

How do I make a Bloody Mary?

There are many ways to make a great Bloody Mary. We have a number of recipes on our recipes page that you can check out. If you make up a great recipe please let us know about it!

Can I use this mix with spirits other than Vodka?

Yes, our favorite spirit to mix with it is tequila. It also goes great with beer, gin, whisky and scotch. Check out our recipes page for some recipes.

Does the mix come with vodka already in it?

Can I drink the mix on its own without adding vodka?

Absolutely! Many people drink it without adding anything to it. It’s a really delicious vegetable juice or alternative to V8.

How long will this last?

Unopened, the mix is good for one year from when it was made. The date that it was made is stamped on the jar. After it has been opened, the 32 oz jars should last at least three months in the fridge, if not longer. We recommend using the 64 oz growlers within one month of opening it.

Does it need to be refrigerated?

Only after it has been opened. Until then, it is safe to store it in a cool, dark place.

What is cucumber water?

Instead of using preservatives, we soak all of our cucumbers in a water solution in order to preserve their crispness, so they remain crunchy as pickles. We use this filtered, cucumber infused water in our Bloody Mary Mix to elevate the fresh flavors and put a pickle spin on the recipe.

Are your products available in stores near me?

They might be! Check out our store locator page to see if there are any stores near you that carry our products.

Is this mix made with preservatives or other weird ingredients?

No, we do not use any ingredients that you would not recognize from your own pantry or garden. Check out the list of ingredients on the “Nutrition & Ingredients Tab”.

Do you make it or is it made by a contractor?

We do not contract out any production. We make everything in our own facility (called The Dillery) in Denver, Colorado.

To view a more extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQ page .


  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) vodka
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 4 pepperoncini peppers plus 1 tablespoon of the brine
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 stalks celery

In a large pitcher, combine the tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, celery salt, pepperoncini brine, and black pepper. Serve over ice with the celery stalks and pepperoncini garnish.

Bloody Mary Rim Salt

In a small bowl, whisk together kosher salt, celery salt, cumin, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, mustard powder, and powdered ginger. Store in a jar or container with a tight lid.

To rim your glass when making bloody marys, place rim salt on a small plate. Rub the cut edge of a lemon wedge around the rim of a glass to moisten. Dip rim into the salt. Fill glass with your favorite bloody mary. Enjoy!

A bloody mary, properly loaded with all good things pickled, spiced, crunchy, and irresistibly munchy, is more than just a drink to me. It&rsquos a work of art. And because I don&rsquot indulge in one very often, I consider this mini-meal-in-a-glass a special treat that deserves my full attention.

There are a zillion ways to personalize a bloody mary (check out Heather&rsquos beeeautiful Chipotle Bloody Marys), from the tomato-based mix to the cornucopia of garnishes (my Pickled Peppered Asparagus is a must around here).

But I&rsquom here to talk about the rim. Because I believe that every blood mary deserves that extra layer of flavor and pretty texture. And because I&rsquom a sucker for details, which is both a blessing and a curse. I&rsquom pretty sure, though, that once you&rsquove enjoyed this famous brunch cocktail with Bloody Mary Rim Salt, you&rsquoll agree that little details can definitely be worth pursuing.

A bloody mary rim salt mixture starts with a good amount of coarse salt. And from there, the options are almost endless. The combination I&rsquom sharing here offers great flavor, texture, and color, a great all-around tasty crowd pleaser.

Besides the coarse salt in this mix, you&rsquoll find:

  • celery salt
  • cumin
  • granulated garlic
  • smoked paprika
  • black pepper
  • dry mustard powder
  • dry powdered ginger

The first five ingredients in this list are non-negotiable for me in rim salt. I don&rsquot use celery salt very often, but it&rsquos a must in this recipe. Cumin and black pepper are my top-used spices. Garlic is totally necessary. And smoked paprika is just plain awesome. I added a bit of mustard powder and powdered ginger to give the mix some depth and a hint of &ldquowhat is that lovely flavor?&rdquo.

I&rsquove listed exact quantities for each spice in my recipe, but please know that I will not be one bit offended if you make adaptations. You SHOULD, in fact. Personalize the rim salt to a mixture that is all about you and your utmost enjoyment.

I have a friend who likes to add a hint of wasabi powder to the rim salt. Which makes total sense, given a hot and spicy bloody mary usually has some fresh horseradish grated into it. And when she&rsquos feeling rebellious, she&rsquoll even add some pulverized Thai dried shrimp. I think I need to go to her home for brunch one day!

Another friend simply mixes coarse salt with Old Bay Seasoning for her bloody mary rim salt, a super quick and easy way to elevate her bloody mary.

Here are some other spices that would be great to play around with:

  • chipotle powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • ancho chili powder
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • sweet paprika
  • lemon pepper
  • any variety of smoked salts

Even a touch of dried ground herbs would be lovely. Think sweet basil, Thai basil, dill, rosemary, and thyme.

If you have a favorite ingredient to add to bloody mary rim salt, I want to hear from you!

V8 bloody Mary Mix

Greg’s V8 Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

By Greg Tooke
October 12, 2010
For more spice, add an extra dash of cayenne pepper.

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: .1 min
Total time: 2.5 min
Yield: 1 large cocktail

Serving size: 1 16 oz glass
Calories per serving: 95
Fat per serving: 0g

Low Sodium V8 juice:
6 ounces

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce:

Fresh squeezed Lime juice:

low sodium Celery salt:
1/4 tsp

ground Cayenne pepper:
1/4 tsp

If you don’t have the time or energy to make a bloody Mary from scratch, we recommend Demitri’s bloody Mary mixes- top notch: All natural, nice balance of spices, and mixes very well with V-8.

How to Make a Bloody Mary

For vodka, we use Austin's own Tito's Vodka. True vodka lovers may insist on Absolut or Stoli, or any of the plethora of high-end vodkas for sale now. The debate over the best vodka continues to rage in some circles. Whatever you settle upon, it is easy to serve up darn good Bloody Marys.

A proper Bloody Mary is also served with a stalk of celery inside the glass, and perhaps celery salt around the rim.

Another way to make Bloody Marys is to use a special mix, which is available at any grocery store or liquor store. These are fine, however if you want to really impress your friends and guests make your own bloody mary mix. Included below is the special mix recipe from Reata Restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas. This recipe is from Cowboy Cocktails: Boot Scootin' Beverages and Tasty Vittles from the Wild West - which is an excellant book covering the subject of Texas-style bar drinks.

Make sure that you spice the drink to your taste. We like them spicy-flavorful, not necessarily spicy-hot.

Steve's Bloody Mary

  • 2 oz. Premium Vodka
  • 6 oz. Tomato Juice
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 Dash of Tabasco pepper sauce (if desired)

Mix vodka and cold tomato juice in a glass. Add spices and Worcestershire Sauce. Squeeze slice of lemon, stir, and serve. You can get fancy, and beforehand push the empty glass rim in celery salt.

Reata's Famous Bloody Mary Mix

  • 1 quart good-quality tomato juice
  • 6 oz. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 T Tabasco sauce
  • 1 T red pepper flakes
  • 1 T cracked black pepper
  • 1 t dried dill, or 2 t chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ C grated fresh horseradish

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend for 1 minute. Use as needed. The mix will last for up to 2 days, covered and refrigerated.


Step 1

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large pitcher. Chill overnight.

Step 2

Add vodka to pitcher stir well. Fill tall glasses with ice. Divide Bloody Mary cocktail among glasses. Garnish each with a celery stalk and a lemon wedge.

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