If you are on this website, we can make an assumption you’re a fan of the brunch cocktail Queen and like an excellent Bloody Mary. But for those looking to stray away from the norm, try the Bloody Mary with Whiskey – it’s a fun and unique twist on the classic vodka drink, with Whiskey or instead of the traditional Vodka.

A Bloody Mary with Whiskey is a gourmet twist on a classic.

A traditional Bloody Mary drink is typically made of tomato juice, Vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, spices, and a dash or two of hot sauce. 

We get asked quite a bit, is Vodka the only alcohol that you can use? For an official Bloody, you have to use Vodka. But Bloody Mary’s are such a great cocktail because you can customize so many aspects of the drink to make it personal. Including the booze. 

Yes, a Bloody Mary can be made with Whiskey. However, you’ll need a new name for it. We have some suggestions below.

What Type of Whiskey? 

Not all Whiskeys are equal, and certain whiskeys are better suited for making a bloody mary than others. For the Bloody Mary with Whiskey, you’ll want the intensity and the grain from the spirit, but the woodiness and charcoal tasting notes that come with aging this spirit (or the sweetness that can come from a bourbon) don’t mesh well with the other ingredients.

Rye Whiskey: The spice of rye whiskey is usually mild enough to augment the sweetness of tomato juice and it’s our recommendation over bourbon.

Moonshine: Corn whiskey pairs incredibly well for a lovely Bloody Mary. You’ll find that the tomato works nicely with the corn flavor that you find in an unaged white whiskey. 

For a Mix, use STU’s Bloody Mary Concentrate. It gives you the ability and perfect measurements of ingredients to create a perfect Bloody Mary with Whiskey to make at home with ease. 

We’ve got four recipes below, two with Rye (STUs and homemade) and two with Unaged Corn. 

Ingredients and Recipe: 

  • 1½ oz Rye Whiskey
  • 4 oz Tomato Juice
  • 2 oz STUs
  • ¾ oz Worcestershire
  • ½ oz lime
  • Celery Salt, Black Pepper

To make

Stir evenly, strain into a glass over ice

Homemade Bloody Mary with Whiskey

  • 1½ oz Rye Whiskey
  • 4 oz Tomato Juice
  • ¾ oz Worcestershire
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • Celery Salt, Black Pepper
  • Couple of dashes of Bittermens Hellfire Bitters or your favorite hot sauce

For a unique new twist on an old favorite, we recommend mixing in rye whiskey or corn whiskey instead of your normal of choice of Vodka for a delicious morning drink. Variations on the Bloody Mary can be both a traditional of familiar tastes and a combination of your old favorite in a new and exciting way.

Go to our page for more Bloody Mary Recipes!