A Classic Bloody Mary is What You Deserve This Week (and Every Week!)

written by Anthony Mbugua 29th July 2019

The week has just begun and the little voices in our heads are either screaming, “how do I quickly complete this pile of work,” or “Is it Friday yet?” The weekend flew by so fast but not to worry. We know of an after-work cocktail you can enjoy at home: a Bloody Mary cocktail.

Bloody Mary cocktail is not named after the horror film with the same name. But how crazy would it be if you sipped the cocktail while watching a movie with the same name? Okay, we’re pushing it. This cocktail, with its origins going as far back as 1920, has several other nicknames too. You can call it the Virgin Mary, Red Snapper, the Caesar or Michelada. What name will you stick to?

Bloody Mary cocktail is a good hangover cure. Since when is a vodka cocktail a hangover cure? It must be the sauces and spices used to create this beautiful drink. It truly does give you a kick when you need it. In the U.S, it’s taken in the morning. Dear Americans reading this, is this true?

Come to think of it, if it cures hangovers, then it’s close to what Kenyans have in dawa. The dawa drink was invented as a cure for hangovers and headaches. If you think we’re lying, you should read about it here.

Our Bloody Mary cocktail recipe is the classic one, sort of like the one that pays homage to the first inventor of the drink.


170 ml of vodka
3 cups of tomato puree
6 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons of horseradish
1 1/2 teaspoon of Worcester sauce
1/4 kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/4 teaspoon of tabasco


  1. Mix together the vodka, tomato puree, lemon juice.
  2. Add the Worcester sauce, tabasco, pepper, salt, horseradish and shake well in a pitcher.
  3. Serve with a lemon wedge.

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