Bloody Mary mix and seasonings are experiencing an explosion in sales and popularity, as more and more artisan sauce crafters are bringing their own recipes and versions to the market. You no longer have to settle for Mr & Mrs T, or Master of Mixes, or Major Peters’ – all of which are found in every grocer in the USA.
Bloody Mary Mix Roundup – 5 mixers worth a look
We’re talking about Bloody Mary mixes from local bartenders going national to successful chefs marketing their recipe – from an award winning BBQ team and their mixer, to successful hot sauce makers joining the Bloody Mary mixer craze.
Bloody Marys are so customizable – everything from the mixer itself and accompanying (added) ingredients, to the rimmer (salts or seasonings added to the rim of the glass) to the garnishes and accoutrements – are completely up to the individual. Even the liquor can vary from the classic vodkas, to tequila, to beer or cerveza, or even Irish Whisky (a Bloody Molly) and rum.
Whenever you have something that is so basic, and yet so flavorful and lends itself to being customized to your heart’s content, mixologists and foodies everywhere love to tell you what they think is the best one. And while this short list certainly includes some winners, it is by no means complete.
Ubon’s BBQ Bloody Mary Mix
Taste: Fresh and bold yet simple. Very sweet at first, the garlic and onion are up front in the mix. Surprisingly, there’s no horseradish in this thick sauce (but I don’t miss it). Just big flavors and straight up sweet taste. Remarkable and delicious.
Heat Level: Mild, savory, with just a tinge of chile pepper heat.
Ingredients: tomato puree (water, tomato paste), sugar, worcestershire sauce (distilled white vinegar, molasses, water, flavorings, chile pepper extract), vinegar, molasses, salt, fresh lemons, garlic, onion, ascorbic acid, spices.
About: Ubon’s BBQ is an award-winning competition team from Yazoo, MS. Now in it’s 5th generation, this family secret Bloody Mary mix, perfected by Ubon Roark, was handed out at competitions to friends (and judges) and after much encouragement, is now available to you.
The Murph’s Famous Bloody Mary Mix
Taste: There are no surprises here, other than how fresh and clean this mix tastes. It truly is a stand-alone tomato “juice” that you could drink every morning. Add the vodka, and you have a simple Bloody Mary that is very drinkable and satisfying.
This slightly thick mixer sports horseradish that is very mild… yet adds some nice tiny bits that enhance the mouth feel.
Heat Level: Mild. Even with cayenne pepper sauce in the ingredient list, this is mildly spicy – not a hot blend. A great excuse to kick it up with your own heat, though not necessary.
Ingredients: water, tomato paste, worcestershire, horseradish, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, lime juice, cayenne pepper sauce, celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder.
About: Stephen “The Murph” Murphy, the creator of Murph’s Famous, has bottled an all natural bloody mary mix that is so simple in construction, yet gourmet in taste. Their slogan “One sip, one believer!” holds true.
Texas Tamale Company Habanero Bloody Mary Mix
Taste: This thin mixer is the one bringing on the heat in this roundup. There’s no doubt you’re tasting habanero peppers in the mix. It’s spicy. There is a slight grittiness to this mixer – while not entirely unpleasant, I felt it necessary to mention it. And I can’t help but notice that the chiles in the flavor taste like the dried variety.
Heat Level: Medium-hot in heat, the burn fills my throat. It’s tame and pleasant, but not what I like in a Bloody Mary mix. I’m learning I DO like horseradish in my bloody marys, so I miss that ingredient here.
Ingredients: water, tomato paste, salt, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice concentrate, hot sauce, food gums, food colors (yellow #6 & red #40), jalapeños, habaneros, natural spices, lemon essence, preservatives.
About: Texas Tamale Company (The Mexican Deli) offers this mixer as well as a handful of other mixers, salsas and hot sauces.
George’s Bloody Mary Mix
Taste: A very traditional taste, with tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and especially horseradish, George’s embodies the be-all end-all of Bloody Mary Mixes. Truly, from this Marylander’s point of view, the most authentic and palatable sauce in this roundup.
Heat Level: Hot. Probably from both the odd addition of chile pepper extract in the Worcestershire sauce and the added hot sauce component, paired with the horseradish, this mixer is the hottest of the bunch.
Ingredients: tomato juice (tomato paste, water), Worcestershire sauce (vinegar, molasses,
high fructose corn syrup, anchovies, water, onions, salt, garlic, tamarind, cloves, natural flavorings, chile pepper extract), hot sauce (peppers, vinegar, salt, xanthan gum, benzoate of soda to preserve freshness and flavor), horseradish, lemon juice, celery salt (spices).
About: After winning various Bloody Mary contests, Greg David decided to bottle and sell his award winning recipe. Named after his father, George’s Bloody Mary Mix is available locally in the Ocean City, Maryland area as well as online at: http://georgesmixes.com
Gator Ron’s Original Divine Bloody Mary Mix
Taste: The thickest mixer of the bunch, Gator Ron’s tastes like a classic Bloody Mary mixer with all the right ingredients. I sense only a hint of dark sweetness from the brown sugar, and the red habanero is so muted, you wouldn’t know it was there. A big tomato taste with the classic horseradish ingredient plays nicely with the black pepper and celery spices.
Heat Level: Medium-light. The horseradish used here doesn’t bring on that much heat, and the habanero is barely noticeable.
Ingredients: tomato juice (water, tomato paste), fresh horseradish, salt, vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, red habanero peppers, black pepper, ground celery, xanthan gum.
About: Ron Griffith, who created these sauce and mix recipes, died in 2011 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A percentage of all sales of Gator Ron’s products will be donated to research that seeks to understand, treat, and ultimately cure ALS. http://gatorrons.com
Amazing, stellar flavor. Perfect as a juice on its own. The penultimate Bloody Mary Mix of this roundup, bar none. Our highest recommendation.
Traditional in makeup, this one lends itself to the most customizing. Add your own heat and flavors to really make it zing.
The most unique of the bunch. Only 3rd place because of its “bbq-centric” taste and history. Love the sweetness in it!
Solid traditional flavors. Just a tad too hot for us to call this our “Every Sunday” Bloody Mary Mix.
While quite hot, in a Habanero way, this is not the chile pepper we like in our Bloody Marys. You Habanero fans may love it though.
While researching and preparing this post, I realized the half-dozen or so mixes I wish I could have included in this roundup – Zing-Zang, Dave’s (Insanity) Original, Jimmy Luv’s, McClure’s, Freshies, Borsari, and Stu’s. It’s amazing how many different and varied Bloody Mary mixes there are available today.
Maybe I’ll have to do a Bloody Mary Mixer Roundup Part 2! Is there one that you just love that I should include next time? Please tell me in the Comments below.