We have friends who love boozy brunch drinks and throwing it all in the blender results in an impressive, made-from-scratch frozen bloody mary in a flash. You can certainly mix these ingredients and pour it over ice if you like, the frozen version is much more diluted and, therefore, lighter in both taste and alcohol content.

Bloody Mary Recipe
The non-frozen version looks like this.
Photo by Johann Trasch

3 ounces vodka seems to be good for most people but feel free to go up or down (especially if you’re not freezing it, 2 ounces will probably be plenty in that case) or eliminate it altogether if you’re looking for a virgin bloody mary recipe. This recipe works great for bloody mary popsicles, as well. If you want them very intense, mix all the ingredients without the ice, then freeze. If you want a lighter version, make the frozen drink then freeze in popsicle molds.

Don’t worry if you don’t have an ingredient on hand, it’s forgiving. As long as you have the tomato juice/vodka base, you can experiment with the rest. The full combination is complex and yummy, though, so I encourage you to try it. There are Italian and Southwestern versions below, as well. Feel free to experiment with spices and herbs, as well; my husband loves to throw in turmeric.

It scales up beautifully, so if you need a pitcher, feel free to multiply it as many times as your blender can safely handle. To serve a crowd, I like to make pitchers and serve alongside a garnish bar so everyone can make their own. If you’re not serving it right away, pop it into the freezer then back on the blender to serve.

PS – These recipes were recently featured in Reader’s Digest UK with a group of other awesome summer slushies – check it out!

Traditional Bloody Mary

4 ounces (1/2 cup) tomato juice
3 ounces (3/8 cup) vodka
Leaves of one celery stalk
1-2 dashes Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Pinch lime zest
Pinch lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch garlic powder
Pinch celery salt
Pinch smoked paprika
horseradish to taste
black pepper to taste
2 cups ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high or smoothie setting until smooth. Serve immediately.

Garnish suggestions:

-Rim glasses with lime juice and a mix of fine salt and pepper.
-Garnish with lime wedges, lemon wedges, olives, celery, basil, cocktail onions, tiny tomatoes, mint, or parsley (or any combination you like).

Italian Bloody Mary

4 ounces (1/2 cup) tomato juice
2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
Leaves of one celery stalk
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Pinch lime zest
Pinch lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch garlic powder
Pinch celery salt
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 tbs fresh basil
1 tbs fresh oregano
1 tbs fresh parsley
pinch onion powder
black pepper to taste
2 cups ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high or smoothie setting until smooth. Serve immediately.

Garnish suggestions:

-Rim glasses with lime juice and a mix of fine salt and pepper.
-Garnish with lime wedges, lemon wedges, olives, celery, basil, cocktail onions, tiny tomatoes, mint, or parsley (or any combination you like).

Southwestern Bloody Mary

4 oz. (1/2 cup) tomato juice
2 oz. (1/4 cup) vodka
Leaves of one celery stalk
Dash Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce
Pinch lime zest
Pinch lemon zest
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
Pinch garlic powder
Pinch celery salt
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 tbs. fresh cilantro (or 1/2 tsp. ground coriander)
1 tbs. fresh oregano
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
pinch onion powder
pinch smoked paprika
black pepper to taste
2 cups ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high or smoothie setting until smooth. Serve immediately.

Garnish suggestions:

-Rim glasses with lime juice and a mix of fine salt and pepper.
-Garnish with lime wedges, lemon wedges, olives, celery, basil, cocktail onions, tiny tomatoes, mint, or parsley (or any combination you like).

I hope you enjoy frozen bloody mary pitchers at your next brunch. We’re brunch addicts over here, share your favorite brunch drinks in the comments!

I have to admit, I’m not a big tomato juice fan so I created this recipe for guests and my husband. I prefer smoothies if I’m going for a frozen drink, and I’ve perfected them, I think. So, if you’re looking for a great non-alcoholic frozen fruit drink, check out our non-dairy smoothies.

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