Recipe: Merry Christmas from the Family Bloody Mary

Robert Earl Keen’s classic Christmas song “Merry Christmas from the Family” (sometimes styled “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee”) features several food mentions. Champagne punch, eggnog, margaritas, bloody marys, and turkey are all mentioned outright. This Bloody Mary recipe is part of a series of REK-inspired recipes for your next Christmas party!

The Idea

Bloody Marys are typically drunk the morning after a big Christmas party. But who’s to say you can’t enjoy one while also hanging out with your in-laws, watching football and opening presents? Bloody Marys are tomato-juice based and here in Texas we like them spicy. This recipe is for a classic Texas spicy Bloody Mary, but if you’re not one for spice, just omit where necessary. This recipe makes about 8-10 drinks and has a lot of ingredients, so watch out.

The Recipe

What You’ll Need:

48 ounces of tomato juice*
12 ounces (1 can) of cheap domestic beer (I use Coors Light or Miller High Life)
12 ounces of vodka
3 tablespoons of store-bought horseradish
4 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
4 ounces of pickle juice (preferable from spicy dill pickles)
15 shakes of Tabasco sauce (or to taste)
1 tablespoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of white pepper
3 teaspoons of garlic salt
2 teaspoons of celery salt
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1 large lime (do not use store bought lime juice)

For a garnish, you’ll want celery stalks for each glass, and possibly olives, cornichon pickles, roasted jalapeƱos, bacon, etc. Get as creative as you want with the garnish, but I generally stick with one celery stalk per drink.

*I try to use the Campbell’s brand tomato juice, but using something more dynamic like V8 will work, too.

Directions:
  1. Microwave the lime for about 15-20 seconds, which will help maximize the amount of lime juice you get from that lime.
  2. Mix all the ingredients EXCEPT THE BEER in a large pitcher and stir vigorously to combine.
  3. Chill the mixture for at least 10 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes.
  4. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and add the beer. Stir gently to combine. Some of the spices may have settled at the bottom of the pitcher. This is normal; simply stir to recombine.

To serve, set out the desired number of glasses. Fill 3/4 full with ice and place celery stalk in the glass, trimmed to stick out about 1 inch from the top of the glass. Pout the mixture over ice. Stir gently with the celery stalk and garnish with additional garnishes such as lime.

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