There’s a farm to table restaurant in my neighborhood that I love. As if that’s not awesome enough, they also make amazing bloodies (not the most appetizing nickname for a drink). There’s even an entire menu dedicated to all the different Bloody Mary options. One of the options, and it’s freaking delicious, is pickle juice.

I don’t often drink liquor, but I do love me a good Bloody Mary. So I recently decided to make them at home. And then genius hit. I had an almost empty jar of Bubbie’s pickles. I used the fermented pickle juice to make an awesome Bloody, and I made it healthier! I’m all for making healthier versions of cocktails. The pickle juice is loaded with probiotics which makes it a great addition to this classic cocktail.


  • 1 cup clamato juice
  • 1/2 cup fermented pickle juice (I used the juice from THIS brand)
  • 1/4 cup vodka or tequila (I prefer tequila)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire (I use THIS brand)
  • 1 tsp grated horseradish
  • dash of hot sauce (I used THIS brand, I like it spicy)
  • several dashes of Old Bay (THIS is Old Bay, it’s the best seasoning in the world and I use quite a bit)
  • ice
  • celery, lemon, cucumber, bacon – whatever garnishes you like
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.
  2. Add ice to glasses
  3. Pour over the ice, add garnishes.


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2 responses on “Fermented Bloody Mary

  1. Theresa

    This Bloody Mary looks fantastic, and will have to make it with one minor revision. I was just surprised that you used Clamato juice. I know it tastes good and all, but I’ve refused to use it due to the high fructose corn syrup as well as the msg, and red dye #40
    Wouldn’t an organic tomato juice along with some clam juice be a better option? I guess you could look at it, as the exception not the rule. However, I was just curious.

    Thanks for the recipe!!

    **Water, Tomato Concentrate, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Monosodium Glutamate, Salt, Citric Acid, Spices, Onion Powder, Ascorbic Acid (To Maintain Color), Garlic Powder, Dried Clam Broth, Vinegar, Red 40.

    1. dani stout Post author

      Not every single clamato mix has the same ingredients. I buy one that is just clam/tomato juice and salt. You could of course just do tomato juice if you’re unable to find a decent brand.

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