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Bloody Maria

A Bloody Maria is a classic Bloody Mary but with Tequila. Liven up your next brunch with this Bloody Maria recipe.

Bloody Maria

I do love tequila! We made a big batch of homemade Bloody Mary Mix and brunch turned into a party! The smooth agave tequila blended perfectly with the spicy tomato blend of the mix.

The Bloody Maria is best served with a Mexican-inspired brunch that serves breakfast tacos, chilaquiles, or huevos rancheros.

The Bloody Mary is known as a “hangover cure” and the Bloody Maria is no exception. So after an indulgent Cinco de Mayo, turn to this drink to get you going.

Bloody Maria Drink

Bloody Maria Ingredients

Making a Bloody Mary with Tequila is no different than making the classic Bloody Mary. The only change is the liquor. Gather your ingredients. You are about to make the best Bloody Cocktail.

  • Tequila – The best tequila for a Bloody Maria is Tequila Blanco. My personal favorite is Patron Silver. For my hardcore tequila lovers, try it with a reposado for a deeper flavor.
  • Tomato Juice – The best tomato juice for a Bloody Maria is R.W. Knudsen Tomato Juice.
  • Celery Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Lemon or Lime – I enjoy a fresh Lemon wedge squeezed into my Bloody Maria instead of lime but both work wonderfully. This comes down to preference.

You can make our Homemade Bloody Mary Mix Recipe or use a store-bought Bloody Mary mix but this way you can control the seasonings. With the Mexican influence of this cocktail try different hot sauces. Use this recipe as a baseline and get creative!

How to Make a Bloody Maria

To make this Bloody Cocktail you will need a highball glass or any tall glass will do.

  • If you want a salted rim crack salt and pepper on a small plate. Take your lemon or lime wedge and rim your glass. Press your glass into the cracked salt and pepper to rim the glass. You do not have to rim the whole glass you can just do one side, or omit it altogether.
  • Next, In a cocktail shaker add tequila, tomato juice, celery salt, black pepper, Worcestershire, and Tabasco sauce.
  • Shake to really get those seasonings mixed through.
  • Pour into your ice-filled highball and garnish! We do not recommend straining because you will lose some of your seasonings.
  • Get creative and garnish with celery, spicy pepper, olives, and a lemon or lime wedge. See our full list of Bloody Maria Garnishes below.
Bloody Maria Cocktail

How to Garnish a Bloody Maria

The garnishes on this brunch cocktail are just as delicious as the drink. Mix and Match any combination of garnishes from the list below for your Bloody Maria Cocktail.

Keep the celery long and secure garnishes together with a cocktail pick.

Bloody Mary Garnishes

  • Celery
  • Olives – The best olives for a Bloody Maria are green olives. Choose either pimento, cheese, or garlic-stuffed green olives to add extra flavor to your garnish ensemble.
  • Cherry or Grape tomatoes
  • Hot Peppers – Jalapenos, Serrano, Habañero
  • Pickle
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Bacon
  • Shrimp
  • Salt & Pepper for the rim.
  • Bloody Mary Rim Salt (salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder)
  • Old Bay for the rim.

Bloody Mary Variations

There are quite a few variations of this classic cocktail! And for good reason! It is absolutely delicious.

VodkaClassic Bloody Mary
BourbonBourbon Bloody Mary
TequilaBloody Maria
Irish WhiskeyBloody Molly

You also have a gin version called the Red Snapper and a Clamato version called the Bloody Caesar.

More Tequila Recipes

  • Pink Margarita – This margarita has cranberry juice and top-shelf liquor for a Pink Cadillac Margarita.
  • Tequila Sunrise – This tequila cocktail classic will have you day drinking on the beach!
  • Paloma – Citrusy grapefruit and tequila make this Paloma a beachy cocktail!

Recipe for a Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Bloody Maria cocktail. A Bloody Mary made with Tequila.


  • 1.5 oz. Tequila
  • 6 oz. Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • Garnish: Celery, Olive, Lemon or Lime Wedge


  1. In a cocktail shaker add tequila, tomato juice, celery salt, black pepper, Worcestershire, and Tabasco sauce.
  2. Shake to really get those seasonings mixed through.
  3. Pour into an ice filled highball glass and garnish!


1. See the article above for a full list of Bloody Maria Garnishes and Variations.

2. Make our Homemade Bloody Mary Mix Recipe if you are making multiple cocktails.

3. We do not recommend straining from the shaker because you will lose some of your seasonings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 888mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

All amounts are estimates and DailyAppetite takes no responsibility for actual figures since calculations vary by packaging and supplier.

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