Spicy and Spooky Bloody Marys

Spooky spicy blood marys recipe

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck 

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
565 Calories
11g Fat
98g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 565
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 7062mg 307%
Total Carbohydrate 98g 36%
Dietary Fiber 25g 91%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 527mg 2,633%
Calcium 401mg 31%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 1839mg 39%
*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.)

With the word "bloody" already in its name, this quintessential brunch drink is a no-brainer for Halloween. While there are lots of different theories on how the bloody Mary was invented, one thing is for sure—it's a classic and it's good!

Although traditionally a morning hair-of-the-dog cocktail, they can be served any time of day. This recipe makes one drink, 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 thanks to a mix of jalapeños, horseradish, and cayenne pepper. The spicy and salty rim perfectly compliments the rest of the flavors and the eyeball garnish is just the beginning.

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


For the Eyeball Garnish:

  • Kalamata olives

  • Small ciliegine mozzarella ball, or cherry-sized

For the Bloody Mary:

  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 4 ounces tomato juice

  • 1 pinch celery salt

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño pepper

  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

For the Rim:

  • Lemon wedge

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Celery stalk, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Make the Eyeballs

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for eyeballs
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  2. 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.

    Cut kalamata olives
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  3. Cut a circle into each mozzarella ball and press the piece of olive inside so it sticks. Make as many as you wish. Skewer them onto long toothpicks or wood skewers.

    Cut a circle
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Make the Bloody Mary

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for bloody mary
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  2. Place the vodka, tomato juice, celery salt, black pepper, paprika, chopped jalapeño, cayenne pepper, horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in a cocktail shaker.

    Place in shaker
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  3. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, place the top on, and shake vigorously.

    Fill with ice
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Prepare the Rim

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Rim garnish
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  2. Take the lemon wedge and rub it on the edge of the glass that you wish to serve the bloody Mary in.

    Rub lemon wedge
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  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 edge is completely coated.

    Mix paprika and salt
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  4. Pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into the salt rimmed glass.

    Pour in glass
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  5. Garnish with the celery and the prepared eyeballs. Serve with extra lemon wedges if desired. 

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Recipe Variation

  • Add some celery, shrimp, bacon, or pickled okra to jazz up your Bloody Mary.