Bloody Maria: Tequila Takes Over the Bloody Mary

Easy Bloody Maria Tequila Cocktail Recipe
Spice up your Bloody Mary routine by switching from vodka to tequila. It works better than you may think! Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
89 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 612mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 3g
Calcium 76mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Bloody Maria is the drink where the popular Bloody Mary meets tequila. That single change in the recipe makes a noticeable difference in the flavor.

Unlike vodka, which gets lost in this heavily flavored, spicy drink, the tequila in the background stands out. It adds a vegetal earthiness that can only be found in tequila.

From personal experience, the first time I had a Bloody Maria I was astounded at the difference. Since that day, this has become my bloody drink of choice and I encourage all tomato cocktail fans to give this one a try to see what you think.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Build the ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes.

  2. Top with tomato juice.

  3. Mix well by rolling back and forth from one glass to another (or stir well).

  4. Garnish with the lemon and/or lime wedge and celery stalk.

Recipe Variation

While you're switching up your bloody Mary routine, consider adding tequila to a crazy bloody Mary. With that switch, the pitcher-sized recipe will include all the flavors of the bloody Maria, but gets elaborate on the garnishes. It's a lot of fun for an intimate brunch.

How Strong Is the Bloody Maria?

Mixed drinks like the Bloody Maria are difficult to pin down when it comes to their alcohol content. That's because you may pour six ounces of tomato juice and I may pour only four. Let's take the middle ground and assume we pour five ounces and pair that with an 80-proof tequila.

In this case, the Bloody Maria would be around 5 percent ABV (10 proof). That is a perfectly light cocktail, around the same strength as a single beer and that's why it's a great drink for brunch, happy hour or any time you want a casual sipper packed with vitamins and spice.