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As an ever-evolving drink, it’s hard to pin down a “classic” version of the recipe. It can be argued that a true Bloody Mary consists of five elements in balance: savory, spicy, sour, spirit and umami. Commonly, these are represented by some combination of salted tomato juice, hot sauce, lemon juice, vodka and Worcestershire sauce.
That said, if you keep this balance in mind, the Bloody Mary can be a blank canvas to let your creativity shine.
This recipe plays with a few basic ingredients to create a richer flavor profile. It yields two servings from one 11.5-ounce can of tomato juice, but ingredients can be multiplied for larger batches or divided for solo sipping.