Best Bloody Mary Recipe Ever: Garden Mary with Absolut Peppar

Written by Bryce

I’ve had plenty of Bloody Mary adventures in my day, but this is Garden Mary is by far the tastiest and best Bloody Mary recipe I’ve tried yet.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bloody Mary, so obviously I scoured the planet for the best Bloody Mary recipe ever, and came up with this one submitted to Absolut’s national contest — The Garden Bloody Mary.

It features the slightly spicy and tingly Absolut Peppar (a peppery vodka that is quickly becoming my favorite cocktail addition), and can easily be made vegetarian. I don’t do shrimp or bacon so I edited those out of the recipe, added some extra picked veggies and a garlic clove, and was still left with just about the tastiest Bloody Mary I’ve ever had in the history of ever.

The original best Bloody Mary recipe ever is posted below, though– have at it!


3/4 shot Absolut Peppar

1/2 shot Absolut Cilantro

4 parts Sacramento tomato juice

1 part puree of crushed tomatoes

1 part puree of house made bread and butter pickles in brine

1/2 part prepared horseradish

5 dashes lemon juice

5 dashes Worcestershire sauce (if you’re vegetarian like me, you can sub a little soy sauce– worked marvelously)

4 dashes A-1 Steak sauce (or another variety of steak sauce is fine, too)

3 dashes Tabasco sauce

3 pinches celery seed

2 pinches sea salt

2 pinches black pepper

1 pinch ground mustard

1 pinch adobo spice

1 pinch garlic powder

1 pinch lemon pepper

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 pinch jalapeño pepper powder



1. Rimmer (for 16oz pint glass): Mixture of Creole seasoning and kosher salt

2. Garnish options:

Celery stalk with leaves

Jumbo stuffed olive with pimento

Lemon wedge

Lime wedge

Shrimp Lejon (shrimp stuffed with horseradish, wrapped with bacon)… I switched these out for some pickled veggies from my local market.


About the author


Bryce Gruber is a Manhattanite mom who can be found jet-setting off to every corner of the globe. She loves exotic places, being fully rested and writing for some of the world's most popular news outlets.


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