Bloody Maria Cocktail (With Tequila) 

Published June 29, 2022
Bloody Maria Cocktail


  • Lemon wedge, salt, and smoked paprika for rim
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ ounce horseradish
  • 1-3 dashes hot sauce
  • 1 dash Worcestershire
  • 1 dash celery salt and black pepper
  • Ice
  • Cucumber spear, chili pepper, and banana pepper for garnish


  1. To prepare the glass, rub the rim of a pint or highball glass with the lemon wedge.
  2. With the salt and smoked paprika mixed on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim into the mixture to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add tequila, tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire, and seasoning.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice.
  6. Garnish with cucumber spear, chili pepper, and banana pepper.

Bloody Maria Variations

The bloody Maria is so easy to customize that deciding which riff you want to try is the most challenging part.

  • While the recipe calls for silver tequila, you can freely experiment with gold tequila or mezcal.
  • Increase the spiciness of the bloody Maria with extra hot sauce or even a few dashes of tajín or chili powder mixes.
  • Make it easy for yourself at brunch by using a store-bought bloody Mary mix.
  • Layer in extra spices and flavors by adding a pinch or two of garlic seasoning or salt as well as onion powder.
  • Use a cucumber-infused tequila for a crisper flavor, or make it quick and easy by muddling two or three cucumber slices before shaking with the other ingredients.

Garnishes for the Bloody Maria

Make the drink the sole star of the show or allow it to share the stage with a unique garnish.

  • Opt for a traditional-looking garnish with an olive, celery stalk, and lemon wedge.
  • Add either a pickle chip or spear to the garnish. You can use a dill pickle, garlicky pickle, or even a spicy pickle. Other pickled veggies that make a great option are green beans, carrots, and onions.
  • Herbs make a great complement for a Bloody Maria. Use a thyme, basil, cilantro, or rosemary sprig.
  • Highlight the tomato notes by adding a slice or wedge of tomato or grape tomato.
  • Aim high with an over-the-top garnish touch such as cubed cheeses, shrimp, strips of bacon, or an asparagus stalk.

Difference Between a Bloody Mary and a Bloody Maria

A bloody Mary and bloody Maria share quite a few similarities, but there's just enough difference to make each of these drinks stars. The main difference between the two is simple enough: the bloody Mary uses vodka, and the bloody Maria uses tequila as base spirits for similar mixers. From there, most differences are more minute or personal. Whereas pickle juice is sometimes a common ingredient in a bloody Mary, it is often missing in the bloody Maria. Bloody Marias are often spicier (and some think more manly cocktails) than traditional bloody Marys. You can accomplish this with pinches of chili spices or dashes of hot sauce. If you want a smokier flavor in your bloody Maria, you can easily use mezcal instead of tequila.

A Scream of a Drink

Cover your eyes and walk right past the bloody Mary for the ghoulish delight of a bloody Maria. With tequila and the right spices, this cocktail will surely bring you to life before scaring your soul straight out of your body. And whoever said you couldn't enjoy tequila in the morning? No one you'd want brunch with, anyway.

Bloody Maria Cocktail (With Tequila)