Go green on St. Patrick's Day with an easy olive-hued bloody Mary. It's a fun drink to mix up—no more difficult than a traditional bloody Mary—and can be as spicy as you want it to be. It's fantastic for brunch, as a hangover cure, or anytime you want a vitamin-packed drink and a little liquor at the same time!
The green bloody Mary is filled with green fruits, veggies, and other ingredients. Even the hot sauce is green—a little salsa verde is tossed in to give the spiciness a good foundation. The base features a green vegetable juice rather than a straight tomato juice and it's spiked with vodka or, if you prefer, tequila (a la a bloody Maria).
You will notice lots of optional ingredients in the recipe. These are suggestions that boost the flavor, but they may not be to everyone's taste. Feel free to skip what you don't like or or add what you want. If you like making fresh juice or green smoothies, you can use those instead of a store-bought juice. The goal here is to inspire you to create your personal green bloody Mary recipe, just like you would with the original.
- 1 tablespoon salsa verde (to taste)
- 4 slices green bell pepper
- 2 lime wedges
- Optional: handful cilantro
- Optional: 1 chile pepper (chopped)
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka (or tequila)
- 3 to 4 ounces green vegetable juice
- 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
- 2 dashes green hot sauce (to taste)
- Pinch celery salt
- Pinch ground black pepper
- Optional: 1 teaspoon horseradish (to taste)
- Garnish: celery
- Garnish: lime wedge
Gather the ingredients.
Fill the glass with ice and add the vodka, green vegetable juice, sauces, and seasonings.
Garnish with celery and a lime wedge.
Serve and enjoy!
- Just as if you're making a bloody Mary, feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to taste. If you like it spicier, add more salsa, hot sauce, or horseradish. For a milder flavor, cut back on any of those ingredients.
- Green vegetable juice is rather easy to find at most grocery stores. Look for options like V8 Healthy Greens, Jùs All Green Everything, or Naked's Green Machine (which is more of a fruity blend).
- You can make a full pitcher of green bloody Mary mix and store it in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Simply combine everything but the liquor, ice, and garnishes and add those when you're ready to mix up a drink.
- Add your own custom ingredients to the muddle if you like. Tomatillos, yellow or grape tomatoes, and green chile peppers are fantastic additions.
- This bloody Mary mix is fantastic on its own. Skip the liquor and mix it up as a virgin drink.
- With the help of a juicer, you can make your own green vegetable juice. Popular options in green bloody mary recipes are tomatillos and yellow tomatoes. You can also add cucumber, kale, spinach, or any other green fruit or veggie to create your own custom juice. Any green or detox smoothie recipe offers great inspiration.
- If you don't have a juicer, puree the ingredients in a blender. The drink will be a little chunky and you might want to mix the entire drink in the blender to create a sort of green bloody Mary smoothie. It's thick, but just as delicious.
How Strong Is This Drink?
Just like the original, the green bloody Mary is a low-proof cocktail. There's so much going on here that all the other ingredients offset the single shot of liquor. On average, you can expect this drink to have an alcohol content around 8 percent ABV (16 proof), so it's a bit like drinking a strong beer or glass of wine.