The Bloody Mary is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one. What else could you ask for?

The tomato-based cocktail has hundreds of variations, from heavy on the hot sauce to a splash of Guinness on top. It’s best to start with the classic recipe and work toward the way you like it, even if it’s topped with a shrimp skewer, a slice of bacon and a tiny cheeseburger. Crazy garnishes aside, there’s a reason this iconic beverage is a classic.

While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary's staying power leaves no question.


Ingredients

1 Lemon wedge
1 Lime wedge
2 oz Vodka
4 oz Tomato juice
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 tsp Prepared horseradish
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch Celery salt
1 pinch Ground black pepper
1 pinch smoked paprika
Garnish: Lime wedge
Garnish: Green olives
Garnish: Parsley sprig
Garnish: Celery stalk


Steps

Pour some celery salt onto a small plate.
Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass.
Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated.
Fill with ice and set aside.
Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in.
Add the remaining ingredients and ice and shake gently.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Garnish with a parsley sprig, 2 speared green olives and a lime wedge and a celery stalk (optional).