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3 Twists on the classic bloody mary will shake things up at brunch

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Take the bloody mary cocktail in new directions with these recipes you haven't tried yet

There’s nothing wrong with a classic bloody mary cocktail — nothing at all. But in case you like options, these three versions offer a delicious twist on the classic.

You’ll find these cocktail options flavorful and easily adaptable to suit your taste. The first, an Asian-inspired bloody mary, includes soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce, ginger and lime for big flavor. The second, a cucumber bloody mary, incorporates cucumber vodka and celery salt to bring out a refreshing flavor. And finally, the red bell pepper bloody mary incorporates blended bell peppers to create a zippy juice to combine with tomato juice (note: strain the bell pepper juice if you prefer a thinner mixture). Cheers!

1. Asian-inspired bloody mary recipe

Take the bloody mary cocktail in new directions with these recipes you haven't tried yet
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Total time: 5 minutes

Yields 1 (6-1/2 ounce) drink

Garnish with cooked shrimp, pieces of hot peppers and a lime wedge, if desired.

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. To a cocktail shaker, add the tomato juice, soy sauce, lime juice, chili-garlic sauce, grated ginger and vodka. Shake to combine, and adjust seasoning as needed.
  3. Pour the mixture over the ice.
  4. Garnish and serve.

2. Cucumber bloody mary recipe

Take the bloody mary cocktail in new directions with these recipes you haven't tried yet
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Yields 1 (6-1/2 ounce) drink

Total time: 5 minutes

Garnish with sliced cucumbers, lime wedge and seasoned olives, if desired.

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces tomato juice
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • Dash celery salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1-1/2 ounces cucumber-flavored vodka
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Add the ice to a glass.
  2. To a cocktail shaker, add the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, vodka and celery salt. Shake to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture over the ice.
  4. Garnish and serve.

3. Red bell pepper bloody mary recipe

Take the bloody mary cocktail in new directions with these recipes you haven't tried yet
Image: Patricia Conte/SheKnows

Total time: 5 minutes

Yields 1 (5-1/2 ounce) drink

This recipe makes about 3 cups of the bell pepper juice. Reserve the remaining juice for use another time or for more cocktails. Garnish with celery spears and a bell pepper ring, if desired.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 celery spear
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 bell peppers, rough-chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. To a high-powered blender or juicer, add the tomato juice, carrots, celery, lemon juice, bell pepper, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Blend until smooth.
  2. If you’d like a thinner drink, then strain the mixture.
  3. Add the ice to a glass.
  4. To a cocktail shaker, add 1/2 cup of the juice mixture and the vodka. Shake to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture over the ice.
  6. Garnish and serve.

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