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.



  1. 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.

    • dani stout Reply

      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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