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Perfect Bloody Mary

It's the perfect brunch cocktail
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When it's time for an eye-opener, few cocktails do the job better than a bloody mary. This is the classic, old-fashioned version of the recipe, with no crazy bells and whistles, and it's pretty much perfect. 


  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Ounce vodka
  • 3/4 Cups tomato juice or V-8
  • 2 Dashes of worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 stalk celery, with leaves intact


To give the glass a salt rim, pour the salt into a ring on a plate, dempen the rim of a highball glass and dip the glass into the salt.

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, tomato juice or V-8, worcestershire, Tabasco and pepper.

Fill with ice and shake. 

Fill the glass with ice, strain the shaker into the glass and garnish with the celery stalk.