Horseradish Vodka Bloody Mary

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Author Notes: Bloody Marys are a must at my family's holiday breakfast table, not only are they a great accompaniment to any number of dishes but also a little vodka before noon always makes the day feel special. The horseradish infused vodka is spicy and warms up any cold winter day. - NWBNWB

Food52 Review: This is a classic Bloody Mary, with one very smart, feisty secret ingredient. NWB has you infuse your vodka overnight with dried chiles, black pepper and plenty of coarsely grated fresh horseradish. It takes all of 10 minutes to put together the night before and it's a step we may never skip again. It leaves a smooth, lingering heat in your throat and makes brunch that much more delightful. You can customize the booze level of each drink -- a 4:1 ratio of mixer to vodka worked well for the wimps among us, but feel free to crank it up. Note: This recipe makes more vodka than you need, so either double the mixer recipe (if you're serving a crowd), or -- oh well! -- you'll just have to have more Bloody Marys next weekend. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 8

Horseradish Vodka

  • 1 piece fresh horseradish root (enough for 1 cup coarsely grated)
  • 1/4 cup whole peppercorns
  • 1-3 whole dried chiles

Bloody Mary Mix

  • 1 32 ounce bottle of low sodium V8
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1-3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon
  • celery seed
  • Old Bay
  • garnishes of choice: celery, pickled green beans, and lemon wedges
  1. Grate 1 cup fresh horseradish on large holes of a box grater. This will be very fragrant. Add grated horseradish to 1 liter of vodka with the peppercorns and whole chiles. Let steep overnight (not longer!).
  2. Strain vodka and put back in bottle. Taste the vodka for heat before adding horseradish to the Bloody Mary mix.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of V8 juice out of bottle into a cup. Mix Worcestershire, Tabasco, horseradish, salt, and pepper into the bottle of V8 and shake vigorously. If using immediately distribute the non-mixed V8 between the drinks.
  4. Add ice to glasses, add vodka, add Bloody Mary mix, add a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle of celery seeds, sprinkle of Old Bay and stir. Add celery, pickled green bean, and lemon wedge as garnish.
  5. Drink and enjoy the holidays with your friends and family!
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11 months ago Stephen Wagner

Love a good Bloody Mary! And very sorry to have to ask but what type or kind of dried chile should I buy? I'm in NE GA now and our grocery just doesn't stock 'gourmet ingredients!' They have a horseradish root but it always looks like it was dug up 2 yrs ago! But I am glad they have it!

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12 months ago blanchesnow

I've been saving this recipe for months, and finally prepared everything tonight for Christmas brunch. Poured the vodka into a big canning jar and it's so pretty sitting on my window sill - all the white horseradish and red chiles is so festive. Can't wait to serve this.

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over 1 year ago Anita Walter

There was a bartender in NYC at the Pierre au Tornelle on 48th between 8th and 9th ave who made a Bloody Mary to die for.

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about 3 years ago zoemetro uk

I love this idea--one can never have enough horseradish! This will be my go to Sunday staple AND a perfect addition to the upcoming holiday mornings where an edge needs to be smoothed. Thank you and a belated congratualtions.

Poppy_bone

almost 3 years ago NWB

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago HeatherM

A word to the wise: do not attempt to steep the vodka in your freezer (where I am used to keeping it). You will have marvelously improved results on the counter! Thanks, NWB!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Congrats...Will be trying this creative addition to bloody mary mix very soon...except I will probably use gin.

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over 3 years ago NWB

Thanks! You'll have to let me know how it works with gin. Hope you like it.

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over 3 years ago KKW

I haven't had an NWB bloody in a long time. I think its about time and next weekend would be perfect! Congrats! XOXO

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

I hope you'll make a batch soon!

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks like a great way to do my next Bloody Mary's!! Congrats on making it into the finals!

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago amandam1

looks divine. bloody marys are my absolute favorites! do you need to peel the horseradish before you grate it? (it looked peeled in M and A's photos)

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over 3 years ago NWB

As long as you clean and trim the horseradish well I don't think it has to be peeled. You can also just cut a clean square out of the center with a knife to avoid the tedium of peeling or scrubbing the horseradish.

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over 3 years ago hughesmarylou

I've had NWB's Bloody Marys and they are the BEST!

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago Waverly

My anual girls "retreat" with my college friends is coming up - this is THE perfect contribution. What a great recipe.

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over 3 years ago NWB

These are a wonderful addition to any ladies weekend. Thank you!

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over 3 years ago kat31

This is a spectacular recipe! I used Absolut Peppar vodka (my fav for Marys) and they were super spicy deliciousness! Everyone loved them at brunch! Thanks so much!

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over 3 years ago NWB

Hope you like this version of spicy vodka! Thanks!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yum! And congrats!

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats! This sounds mind-blowing! And, I mean that in a good way. :)

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago kekdc

I can't wait to try this! I LOVE vodka before noon, too!

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Who doesn't love vodka before noon?!?! Ha ha.

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over 3 years ago Oui, Chef

I can't tell you how long its been since I've had a good bloody mary, or how excited I am to know that my dry spell is about to end thanks to you and this great recipe. Congratulations on being a finalist....well deserved. - S

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

I hope you like them. Thanks!

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over 3 years ago saenyc

wow, i know what i'm bringing to my next tailgating party!

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

These are perfect for tailgating! Enjoy!

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over 3 years ago boulangere

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nothing to say but WOW! Congratulations!

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

The perfect pick me up!! Just voted for this awesome Bloody Mary!

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over 3 years ago NWB

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago Midge

Congrats NWB! Sounds like my kind of Bloody Mary.

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Thanks! I hope you like them!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats! These sound like perfect bloody marys!

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over 3 years ago NWB

Thank you! I love this recipe!

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over 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

Sounds like we share a holiday tradition! ;) Sounds wonderful, and congrats on the finalist nod!

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over 3 years ago NWB

I love Bloody Marys during the holidays. Thanks!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Congrats on being a finalist! Might have to make a up a batch this weekend!

Poppy_bone

over 3 years ago NWB

Thank you! These are great for weekends!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I uploaded a photo of mine. Please feel free to remove it, if you do not want to have it. These were wonderful to make. I wound up drinking all the V8 mix and still have chilled vodka on hand in the fridge from half and gifted the other half. I also figured out you can snap the green bean neatly into the upper end of the celery stalk pretty easily.

Poppy_bone

almost 4 years ago NWB

Thanks for such a nice review (and for some new ideas!). I love the photo and the lovely way you put all the veggies together. Glad you enjoyed the drinks!

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about 4 years ago gingerroot

I have to say, I would love to start my holiday morning with one of these! YUM.

Poppy_bone

about 4 years ago NWB

Same to you. Your recipes look great!

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

I want to come for breakfast at your house.

Poppy_bone

about 4 years ago NWB

Same to you. Your recipes look great!

Whoops--meant to write that in reply to your comment!