[disclosure] Spice up brunch or a morning tailgate by mixing up a flavorful BBQ Bloody Mary! This twist on the classic brunch drink features spicy Bloody Mary mix, BBQ dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce! Add a spritz of lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, and this cocktail mixes up easily for a crowd. With spice from the Bloody Mary mix and sweetness from the barbecue sauce, this BBQ Bloody Mary strikes a balance for any morning get together!
I don’t know what Saturday mornings look like in your household, but ours involves a LOT of football-related activities.
When we were younger and lived in Baton Rouge, we would trek to campus with our friends and start the tailgate early. One of our friends manned the grill. Someone else mixed drinks. Our friends filtered through our tents throughout the day before we all made our way to Tiger Stadium.
Our Saturdays look a little different now, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy a good tailgate drink or breakfast when watching pre-game festivities.
The idea behind this BBQ Bloody Mary came from my husband, who made the suggestion last football season.
“What do you think a Bloody Mary would taste like with barbecue sauce?”
I said I thought it would taste delicious and—surprise, surprise—it is!
This twist on the traditional Bloody Mary is the perfect tailgating drink, especially if you’re attending a morning tailgate. It’s got enough heat to keep you awake and alert without allowing you the opportunity to overindulge. (Or maybe that’s just me, haha.)
It would also be amazing to serve at an at-home brunch to add a bit of spice!
Wherever you serve it, it’s gonna make a splash, assuming you and your guests enjoy a hint of heat!
Why is this drink called a Bloody Mary?
I had to do some searching on this one, as I didn’t know the answer to this off the top of my head. According to Best Bloody Mary, the drink was invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris when a bartender mixed equal parts of tomato juice and vodka.
Apparently, a customer suggested the name “Bloody Mary” because the color of the drink reminded him of the Blood Club in Chicago and a girl there named Mary.
Over the years, the concoction was adapted to involve more spice and transformed into the Bloody Mary we all know today.
What kind of Bloody Mary mix do I need to use for this recipe?
I also think it would be amazing to make your own with fresh tomato juice, but that takes a little extra time, so we’ve yet to attempt that.
If you’re hesitant about spice, you can use regular tomato juice and spice it up once you mix everything together.
Can I make this into a pitcher drink for a party?
Absolutely! You can double, triple, quadruple, etc., the recipe.
Just be exact in your measurements and taste as you go to ensure everything tastes as it should!
What tools and products do I need to make a BBQ Bloody?
- A cocktail shaker (like the Cresimo 24 oz. Cocktail Shaker & Jigger, Kate Spade New York Gold-Dot Cocktail Shaker or Cambridge Silversmith’s Copper-Etched 24. oz. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker.)
- Drinking jar with handle.
- Citrus juicer.
- Mini Stainless Steel Angled Measuring Cup.
I’m planning to make these Bloody Marys for a party. What can I serve alongside them that will work with these flavors?
- Chili Cheese Biscuits
- Shakshuka Eggs Benedict
- Vanilla Bean Coffee Cake Muffins
- Jalapeño Avocado Cream Cheese Wontons
- Andouille Sausage Breakfast Tacos
- Orange Juice Fresh Fruit Salad
- Parmesan Pretzel Bites
- Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
- Turkey Sausage Jambalaya
Now who’s ready to mix up a spicy cocktail for gameday?
Scroll on down to learn how I make this goodness…
Spice up brunch or a morning tailgate by mixing up a flavorful BBQ Bloody Mary! This twist on the classic brunch drink features spicy Bloody Mary mix, BBQ dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce! Add a spritz of lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, and this cocktail mixes up easily for a crowd. With spice from the Bloody Mary mix and sweetness from the barbecue sauce, this BBQ Bloody Mary strikes a balance for any morning get together!
- 6 oz. Bloody Mary Mix
- 2 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. BBQ sauce
- ½ oz. lime juice
- ¼ oz. Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ oz. hot sauce, , optional
- ¾ teaspoon BBQ dry rub
- Lime wedge, for the rim of the cup
- BBQ dry rub
- Celery stalks, for garnish
- Pickled green beans, for garnish
- Pickled jalapeno, for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, measure in the BBQ dry rub. Then pour in the Bloody Mary Mix, vodka, BBQ sauce, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.
- Mix the ingredients in the cocktail shaker.
- Pour over ice in a highball glass.
- Garnish with celery stalks, pickled green beans and pickled jalapeños. Enjoy immediately!
Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 896 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 89mg Sodium: 3087mg Carbohydrates: 108g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 69g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 38g
This post originally appeared on Julie’s Eats and Treats, where I am a contributor.