Bloody Mary with Everything Bagel Rim

Bloody Mary with Everything Bagel Rim - A homemade version of the classic brunch cocktail, rimmed with everything bagel seasoning mix! |

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Reminiscing about my trip to New Orleans (and the #HusbandOfTheYear situation) in my post on Sunday made me remember one other fun fact about that vacation: it was the first time in my life I had had a bloody mary and actually enjoyed it. You see, ever since I was a kid, the idea of tomato juice has just totally grossed me out. I think I had one sip, one time, and it was a horrible experience. Which is strange, because I love fresh tomatoes!

Every year, both sets of my grandparents would meet at my parents and I’s house on Christmas morning for a round of bloody marys (as well as to see what I got from Santa). The very smell of the tomato juice made me want to crawl under the Christmas tree and hide until they were done drinking those things.

Bloody Mary with Everything Bagel Rim - A homemade version of the classic brunch cocktail, rimmed with everything bagel seasoning mix! |

Many years later, my trip to New Orleans with friends was a long, wild ride. It was over New Year’s, and let’s just say that there were plenty of parties to attend on Bourbon Street. However, we also wanted to see the sites of the Big Easy, so we would still drag our butts out of bed in the mornings and walk around town…and walk…and walk. So much walking.

One particularly walking-filled morning, we finally reached our destination – a bar on the far side of town that somebody wanted to go to for some reason. Everybody else was getting bloodys, so I just went for it. I don’t know if it was the long walk, or the fact that I hadn’t had a properly balanced meal (including vegetables) in nearly a week, but as soon as that drink was set down in front of me, I literally inhaled it. Nothing had ever tasted so good. I really believe my body must have been craving nutrients, because not only did I gulp down every drop of the vodka-tomato elixir, but I ate every pickled green bean, piece of okra, olive, onion and stalk of celery that it was garnished with.

Bloody Mary with Everything Bagel Rim - A homemade version of the classic brunch cocktail, rimmed with everything bagel seasoning mix! |

Firmly on the bloody mary train now (after all, it’s a great source of nutrients!), I knew I needed to combine the savoriness of this cocktail with my favorite breakfast seasoning for my homemade version of a bloody, so I used everything bagel mix to rim the glass. The bloody itself is started with a generous dose of lemon juice, celery seed and horseradish, muddled with the wonderfully efficient OXO muddler. Then, I poured in some tomato juice (it’s not so scary), sriracha for spice, Worcestershire sauce, and vodka measured in my OXO Angled Measuring Jigger.

When it comes to garnishes for a bloody mary, my opinion is that more is more. Here, not only do I have celery and a big dill pickle, but I also made a quick garnish skewer with lemon, a huge green olive, and a chunk of Baloian Farms mini orange bell pepper. Seriously, how did I make it so long in life without liking bloody marys?

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Bloody Mary with Everything Bagel Rim - A homemade version of the classic brunch cocktail, rimmed with everything bagel seasoning mix! |

Bloody Mary with Everything Bagel Rim


For the Everything Bagel Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)

For the Bloody Marys:

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (save squeezed lemon to use for rimming glasses)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 ounces vodka (or more!)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • Splash of sriracha

For the Garnishes:

  • Celery Stalks
  • Dill Pickles
  • Chopped Bell Pepper
  • Green Olives
  • Lemon Slices


  1. Make the Everything Bagel Seasoning: In small bowl, stir together all ingredients. Store at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to use. You will have a little bit left over to use in other recipes.
  2. Make the Bloody Marys: In a cocktail shaker, muddle lemon juice, horseradish and celery seed until celery seed is crushed. Pour in tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and sriracha; stir until well combined.
  3. Pour Everything Bagel Seasoning onto small plate. Rub the rims of two glasses with lemon; dip and twist into seasoning mixture until rims are covered in mixture. Fill glasses with ice; pour Bloody Mary mixture over ice. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Adapted from Tyler Florence

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Disclosure: California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, OXO, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, Stemilt and Bonne Maman are providing prize for this week’s giveaway free of charge. I was provided with a muddler and jigger from OXO, as well as mini bell peppers from Baloian Farms, to use for #BrunchWeek. I was not compensated for writing this post, and all opinions are my own.