Brunch just wouldn’t be brunch without a glass (or a pitcher) of this Classic Bloody Mary nearby, would it? This longtime cocktail favorite is perhaps one of the most distinct and recognizable in brunch history. The richness of tomato juice pairs wonderfully with the smooth vodka and the sharp, sourness of the pickle juice. Herbaceous, tangy, and deeply refreshing, Classic Bloody Mary is what you’ll want with your eggs and bacon… and you might even dip your bacon into it!


For the drink:

  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ice, to taste

Optional garnishes:

  • dill pickle spears, to taste
  • celery stalks, to taste
  • lemon wedges, to taste
  • olives, to taste


Step 1 –In a large pitcher, add the tomato juice, the vodka, the pickle juice, the lemon juice, the horseradish, the Worcestershire sauce, the hot sauce, and the celery seeds and stir to combine.

Step 2 –Season the cocktail with the black pepper.

Step 3 –Fill your intended serving glasses with the ice.

Step 4 –Pour the cocktail mixture into the serving glasses.

Step 5 –Serve garnished with the pickles, the celery stalks, the lemon wedges, and the olives.