Roasted Garlic Bloody Mary

I’m giving the Bloody Mary a bit of a makeover.  A delicious, Italian makeover.

Roasted Garlic Bloody Mary A classic Bloody Mary is made with vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon, salt and pepper, but today, I’m switching things up.  To start, Roasted Garlic Infused Vodka takes the place of regular vodka.  Garlic and tomato are a perfect pairing.  Roasting the garlic tames its biting heat while adding a deep savory note.  Next, pepperoncini pickling liquid is added with lemon juice to brighten flavors.  Using two types of acid kicks up the intrigue factor.  Finally, the ever-important garnishes get a major overhaul.  Typically, one would garnish a Bloody Mary with a celery stalk, salted rim and lemon wedge.  Here, I’ve adorned this savory cocktail with a pepperoncino, bocconcino (mozzarella ball) and cherry tomato skewered with a bamboo toothpick.  A sprig of fresh rosemary is added for drama and fragrance.  With each sip, you’ll take in the wonderful woodsy aroma that works so well with tomato and garlic.  Next time you’re in need of a bold brunch cocktail, give this Roasted Garlic Bloody Mary a try.  Continue reading for the recipe.

Roasted Garlic Bloody Mary Garnishes Seriously, I could probably eat just a plate of these garnishes.  So tasty.  Especially now that tomatoes are in season.  Be sure to use fresh rosemary here.  Dried just won’t do.

The Roasted Garlic Infused Vodka pictured below is sooooo easy to make.  Simply roast a head of garlic in the oven, let cool, and steep in vodka for 24 hours.  Check out the full recipe here.

Roasted Garlic Infused Vodka Bloody Marys can be enjoyed year round, but for me, I love drinking them during the summer months.  Especially when I am celebrating LGBT Pride weekend!  This Bacon Bloody Mary has been my go-to Pride brunch drink for the past several years, but this year, I’ve be serving up something new!


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Roasted Garlic Bloody Mary
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 2 oz tomato juice (preferably unsalted or low-sodium)
  • 1.5 oz Roasted Garlic Infused Vodka
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pepperoncini pickling liquid (or more lemon juice)
  • 5 dashes hot sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnishes: pepperoncini, bocconcini (mozzarella balls), cherry tomatoes, rosemary sprigs
  1. Add tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire, lemon juice, pickling liquid and hot sauce to a short glass, stirring to combine. Season to taste with kosher salt and several turns of black pepper. Flavors should be bold and bright. Add ice to the glass, and stir until the cocktail is well-chilled.
  2. Skewer 1 pepperoncino, bocconcino, and cherry tomato with a toothpick. Lay the skewer across the top of the glass. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt and black pepper. Finish with a sprig of rosemary.


  1. says

    Brandon I love bloody Mary’s and every weekend when I’m out running in Hillcrest and see all the places with their ‘bottomless bloody mary’s’ or mimosas, I always have the biggest craving for them. Love yours – pinned!

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Haha, they are one of my favorites! Bottomless Bloody Marys can get a little crazy. I like to have one or two really good ones 😉 Hash House is my favorite around town!

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks JS! Yeah, I really like adding different acids to things. Works well with vinaigrettes too.

  2. says

    I’ve avoided Bloody Mary’s for some 45 years… then a few years ago a girlfriend bought me one at Cheeky’s in Palm Springs. Oh my heavens was it good!! I’ve not had one as good since, and I’m wondering if it was indeed that good, or if it was the atmosphere that went along with it, but I’m eager to keep trying. And I LOVE the thought of the garlic here. Fabulous recipe Brandon!! I’m printing for preparation soon!!

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Kim!! Let me know if you try it. And I definitely need to stop at Cheeky’s the next time I’m in PS.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks Brian! Bloody Mary’s can be lackluster. I like to add plenty of acid, spice and salt to mine, making them super bright.

  3. Elisa says

    Holy mother bloody mary of god this looks absolutely delishhhh (my way of saying delicious)! You are bloody brilliant! Cannot wait to make this, cheers!


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