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Playing The Best Halloween Bloody Mary You'll Have This Year

Make a pitcher of this mix ahead of time and you can add the vodka by the glass when you serve.


  • 1 bottle (1 to 2 quarts) tomato or spicy vegetable juice
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 ounces aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bunch (around 8 leaves) fresh basil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) Calabrian chili paste
  • Vodka, to serve
  • Bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), to garnish
  • Fresh crab claw, to garnish


Serves: 1 to 2 quarts mix


Pour tomato juice into a pitcher.

Muddle the horseradish, celery salt, balsamic vinegar and pepper at the bottom of a sealable pitcher or container. Add basil and muddle again. Add the remaining ingredients, shake well and strain into the pitcher to serve.

To serve, pour 1 1/2 ounces of vodka into an ice-filled rocks glass. Fill with tomato mixture, stir gently and garnish with a fresh basil sprig and a bocconcini on a spear and a fresh crab claw.

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