Dolce vita
Bloody Mary
with tomato juice


The recipe is complex:
  • 1/2 tomato juice
  • 1/4 lemon juice
  • 1/4 vodka (or gin)
  • salt
  • Worchestershire sauce (the original from Lea & Perrins)
  • Angostura bitter (the original from J.G.B Siegert & Sons)
  • Tabasco pepper sauce (the original from Mc. Ilhenny Co.)
  • fresh celery rods
Don't try to use ingredients different from the originals, or you will waste money and time. Also please note that the above recipe is different from the true Bloody Mary in that there is more tomato juice and less vodka.


You can prepare Bloody Mary directly into the thumbles. First pour tomato juice, lemon juice and vodka (or gin). Then add into each glass:
  • a couple of pinches of salt
  • a sprinkle of Worcestershire sauce
  • a couple of drops of Angostura bitter
  • a few drops of Tabasco
Rapidly stir the contents of each glass. Then add several ice cubes. Finally add a clean rod of fresh celery (w/o the leaves, only the bottom part) to be used like a spoon to stir and taste the compound.


Bloody Mary can be served w/o appetizers.


If you have no hunger, a Bloody Mary will stimulate it !


A smooth low volume background music completes your cocktail.

Quick & dirty recipe

The following is a very simple recipe, less demanding than a Bloody Mary, but as tasteful as it. Directly pour into the thumbles:
  • tomato juice
  • a couple of pinches of salt
  • several sprinkles of Worcestershire sauce
  • a few ice cubes
Stir quickly and enjoy. I had this idea after flying Air France in 2001: before lunch the stewards served tomato juice, Worchestershire sauce and ice cubes. They could not put salt in the glasses, although it is absolutely necessary. Thanks to Air France, anycase.

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