Brewed Mary: Beer Bloody Mary


No offense to vodka, but a Bloody Mary just tastes better with beer. And an IPA is the inarguable choice for a Brewed Mary. I am, for the most part, a live and let live person. Happy to let your differing opinions thrive right along side mine. There are recipe choices that I would love to debate with you. I’ll take your suggestions of a pilsner over a Saison for a beer cheese dip. And I would love to debate with you Brown Ale versus a Hefeweizen for a chicken pot pie. But with this, we have no choice, an IPA is just the best way to go. The hops blend so well with the heat and the tomato juice.

If you disagree with me, I just hope you keep it to yourself. After all, I still want to like you, and we can always spar over porter versus stouts for brownies.

For this recipe, I used Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. At the moment, it is one of my favorite beers, and quite possibly my favorite IPA.

Brewed Mary: Beer Bloody Mary

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup IPA beer
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt (plus additional for glass rims)
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp brine for a jar of spanish olive
  • 1/4 tsp cream style horseradish
  • 1 tbs lime juice (about 1 medium lime)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (about 1/2 medium lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish:
  • celery stalk, olives


  • Rim glasses with celery salt. Add all ingredients to a shaker half full of ice, swirl to combine. Strain into prepared glasses, garnish if desired.

Note: Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies. For vegetarian, use a vegan Worcestershire sauce like Annie’s Organic Worcestershire Sauce. 

25 Responses to Brewed Mary: Beer Bloody Mary

  1. Cassie July 24, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Holy wow, I love this Jackie! Bloody Mary’s can’t be beat!

  2. Erin @ The Food Doctors July 24, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    This looks wonderful! My father always used to drink “red beers”. I’m definitely going to have to try this spiced up version!

  3. Eileen July 24, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I’ve never heard of using beer instead of vodka in a bloody mary–but I can definitely see the appeal! Thanks for the great idea. :)

  4. Ali | Gimme Some Oven July 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Mmmm…this sounds SO good! Especially with fresh tomatoes! :)

  5. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    I have to be honest, I’m not a huge bloody mary fan but….maybe that’s because I haven’t tried it with beer!! This may change my brunch life forever ;)

    • Jackie July 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      I’m a recent convert. I like it a bit on the thin side and spicy. Perfect for brunch!

  6. Tim July 25, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    This sounds fantastic! Going to give it a shot and try it with a somewhat new IPA we just got in Marshall’s Atlas IPA. But I’ll have to have a shot of vodka on the site.

  7. Lucy Hill July 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Wow! It looks just so wow! Gonna give this a try! :)

  8. BeerSoaked Erik July 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    With a fridge full of IPAs this is just what I needed. Finally, an excuse to drink IPA at breakfast time. I’ve got all the ingredients already, can’t wait to try this out. Cheers!

  9. Dixie July 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    This looks amaaaazing! I’m one of those weridos that enjoys tomato juice, so bloody marys are my favorite drink. I can’t wait to try it with IPA.

  10. BigFatBaker August 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    This reminds me of the drinks we had in Guatemala – Michaladas. They are a combination of tomato juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and beer. They were so delicious and I love the idea of using an IPA instead of a lighter beer. Yum!

  11. David December 28, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Tried this over the holidays and I must say, I’m now converted as well. As much as I love IPA’s by themselves, this was just a great treat! Can’t wait for the summer time camping on puget sound, waking up early with this beer bloody mary and watch the tide roll out! Thanks so much for this!

    If you’re looking for a good great IPA, Port Brewing Co’s Mongo IPA has been one of my favorites recently:

  12. S.Fallon August 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Definitely going to make some for my Bloody Mary obsessed Mom/Grandma! It sounds awesome!

    Btw- just to let you know- you filed this under vegan but because it includes worcestershire sauce (which contains anchovies or anchovy paste) it isn’t vegan or vegetarian.

    • Jackie August 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Thank you! You are absolutely right, Worcestershire does have anchovies in it. Thanks!

  13. Dave Rettenmeier April 18, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    What a fantastic idea….gives it some more body. Thank goodness I have some IPA’s in my fridge to experiment with!
    I use a recipe very similar to this, but I like to rim my glass with Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning for a little something extra!

  14. Sports Bar Marketing May 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    I like bloody mary and i will definitelly try it out !


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