The Perfect Bloody Mary

Fragrant basil and a big kick justify Tristan Stephenson's claim about this classic morning after cocktail
By Tristan Stephenson
The Perfect Bloody Mary
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  • Serves: Makes 1 1/4 litres approx
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the cocktail:

  • 175 ml vodka
  • 6 dashes tabasco
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 pinches celery salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp horseradish, grated
  • 2-3 sprigs basil, shredded
  • 1 litres tomato juice

To serve:

  • ground rock salt, for glass rims
  • sherry
  • celery, sticks
  • basil
  • slices lemons


1. For the cocktail: mix all ingredients, apart from the tomato juice in a shaker, topped up with ice. Strain through the shaker lid into a jug and stir in the tomato juice. Pour the cocktail into salt-rimmed glasses and add a dash of sherry to each.

2. Decorate each glass with a stick of celery, sprig of basil and slice of lemon.

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