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Shanghai Surprise Recipe


Our Shanghai Surprise re-imagines one of my favorite twists on a Bloody Mary, the Michelada, with Chinese-inspired ingredients: rice wine vinegar for acidity, sriracha for heat and Tsingtao beer for body (and an extra kick).  The ‘Surprise’ is your garnish: a treat added at the bartender’s discretion to complete this transportive cocktail.


  • 3 Ounces Bloody Mary Mix
  • 5 Ounces Tsingtao or Pilsner beer
  • 1/2 Ounce lime juice
  • 3 dashes sriracha
  • 2 dashes rice wine vinegar

Bloody Mary Mix

  • 16 Ounces tomato juice
  • 2 Ounces lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon horseradish
  • 2 Teaspoons Tabasco
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 1 Teaspoon celery salt
  • salt and pepper to taste


In a tall pilsner glass, add lime juice, sriracha and vinegar.  Fill with ice, add beer, then top with Bloody Mary mix.

Bloody Mary Mix