Martie’s Classic Bloody Mary

Southern food and entertaining guru, (and Food Network Star fan favorite), Martie Duncan shares her crowd-pleasing recipe for a Classic Bloody Mary
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Martie’s Classic Bloody Mary recipe makes a refreshing, crowd-pleasing drink.

Self-described party-thrower and party-goer Martie Duncan loves collecting stories and recipes everywhere she travels. She says that when it comes to her fellow southerners, almost everyone has a recipe (most a very closely-guarded secret) for the “world’s best” Bloody Mary (not to mention ribs, potato salad, and gumbo). After years of research, mixing, taste-testing, and sharing variations on the Bloody Mary with friends and hundreds of thirsty people at events, she says this really is the best.

Martie’s Classic Bloody Mary Recipe

Serves 6-8

For the Bloody Mary Mix:

  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1¼ tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt (plus more for rimming the glasses)
  • ⅓ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Vodka


  1. Combine everything but the vodka in a blender and blend everything together until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a glass pitcher and chill.
  3. To serve, rim a glass (instructions below) and add one ounce good quality vodka (I often use Absolut Peppar for a spicy kick). Fill the glass with ice. Pour Bloody Mary mix over ice, leaving just enough room for garnishes. Let guests garnish at will.

For the Rim Mix:

  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon or lime wedge

Combine celery salt, Kosher salt, and black pepper and spread onto a saucer. Use a lemon or lime wedge to mositen the rim of each glass. Dip the rim into the mix.

Garnishes & Mix-Ins

Limes, cut into wedges | Lemons, cut into wedges | Celery stalks with leafy green tops | Pickled green beans | Pickled okra | Green onion stalks | Tabasco sauce | Horseradish