Spicy and Spooky Bloody Marys

spicy bloody marys
Leah Maroney
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 bloody mary, serves 1
Ratings (4)

Bloody Marys are the perfect Halloween cocktail. I mean, blood is in the name, so it's kind of perfect. They look creepy and taste delicious! There's lots of different theories on how it was invented, but one thing is for sure–it's a classic and it's darn good!

Although traditionally a breakfast and brunch cocktail, they can be served any time of day! This recipe makes one cocktail, but you can easily double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd. Or if you are serving them at a party, divide them into shot glasses and serve them as little shooters with the "eyeball" floating in each one!

This version is super spicy: jalapenos, horseradish and cayenne pepper! The spicy and salty rim perfectly compliments the rest of the flavors! The eyeball garnish is just the beginning. Add some celery, shrimp, pickled okra, everything but the kitchen sink. Anything goes in these babies!

A high quality vodka is a must in this drink. You don't want your hangover cure causing a hangover! Although this recipe calls for tomato juice you can also substitute with V8 or other vegetable tomato juice blends. Some people even use Clamato juice for an extra salty bite. The choice is totally yours.  

What You'll Need

  • 2 ounces of Vodka
  • 4 ounces of tomato juice
  • 1 pinch of celery salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Celery for garnish
  • Small mozzarella balls (ciliegine, or cherry sized)
  • Kalamata olives
  • For the Rim:
  • Lemon wedge
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cut the Kalamata olives into small circles. You will need one little circle for each eyeball, so make sure to choose the best looking one.
  2. Cut a circle into each mozzarella ball and press the olive circle into it so that it sticks. Make as many as you wish. Skewer them onto long toothpicks or wood skewers. 
  3. Place the Vodka, tomato juice, celery salt, black pepper, paprika, chopped jalapeno, cayenne pepper, horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in a cocktail shaker.  
  1. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, place the top on the shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Take the lemon wedge and rub it on the rim of the glass that you wish to serve the Bloody Mary in. 
  3. Mix together the salt, paprika and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish until completely combined. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt mixture so that the rim is completely coated. 
  4. Pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into the salt rimmed glass. Garnish with the celery and the prepared eyeballs. Serve with extra lemon wedges if desired.