August 19, 2015 57

Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles for #drinkthesummer 2015!

Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay and Spicy Pickles | @withfoodandlove

The past week has been one great big whirlwind. One I’d been dreaming about all summer long. Finally, I had a chance to visit my friends, family, and the place I call home most, upstate New York. It was awesome to be near the water again, something I crave and miss all the time in the Midwest.

There was a lot of food, and fun, and markets, and plenty of quality time with the people I love most. Also, I turned THIRTY-TWO!!! My nana made me meatballs, and when she makes you meatballs you eat them. And then I visited my grandma, and she baked me a {gluten-free} CAKE, with sprinkles and store bought icing, exactly the way I like it. She is the cutest!

Today, I’m heading back to the middle of the country. To see my husband and my cat, who both probably really need me to be home. And to my garden, that definitely needs me to be home because it’s literally bursting with ripe tomatoes and eggplants and peppers. I’ve waited so long for this.

This afternoon is going to be one heck of a harvest.

Heirloom Tomatoes | @withfoodandlove

Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay and Spicy Pickles | @withfoodandlove

Heirloom Tomatoes | @withfoodandlove

At the beginning of the summer, my friend Renee and I dreamt up a little party to celebrate the year’s finest produce. The late summer bounty. Rich with stone fruits and garden veg and herbs and residual berries. We invited all of our closest blogging friends. And #DRINKTHESUMMER was born.

Today there are thirty-eight {38!!!!} of us bringing you some seasonally inspired drinks. Most of which are cocktails, because it’s that kind of party. But plenty can be adapted to be booze-free! When we planned this event back in June, I pictured using the tomatoes from my garden, but because my garden is running a bit behind {tomatoes just ripening now} I scored a beautiful bunch of heirlooms from the market. These fresh heirloom Bloody Marys combine the normal bloody accoutrements plus, Old Bay seasoning because it remind me of home and my summers spent on the Cape.

SIDE NOTE #1: shout-out to Fox Point Pickles who adorned these bloody with little bits of spicy goodness.

SIDE NOTE #2: I have classic version {sans Old Bay} of this fresh heirloom Bloody Mary mix, up on my FEAST Magazine column now. Get it here.

SIDE NOTE #3: Sorry, for all the CAPS in this post, I’m feeling very enthusiastic today.

Heirloom Tomatoes | @withfoodandlove

Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay and Spicy Pickles | @withfoodandlove

Fresh Heirloom Bloody Mary Mix with Old Bay | @withfoodandlove

Okay back to the party! #DRINKTHESUMMER!!

Here is the complete list party people. Check ’em ALL OUT. They’re awesome recipes, and great bloggers, and maybe you’ll find a new fave to follow.

Will Frolic for Food | The Sugar Hollow: Watermelon Gin Cocktail with Cardamom + Lime
Kale & Caramel | Sweet Coconut Hibiscus + Lime Slushie
Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade
Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails
Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Loves Food, Loves to Eat | Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers
Dunk & Crumble | Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash

Tasty Yummies | When Figs Fly: Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail
Feed Me Phoebe | Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger Lime + Tarragon
Earthy Feast | Strawberry Basil + Pink Peppercorn Negroni
Ginger & Toasted Sesame | Blackberry Peach Margarita with Spicy Salt
O&O Eats | The Long Hope: a Honeydew Cucumber Gin Cocktail
my name is yeh | Nutella Egg Cream

Faring Well | Sparkling Melon Coolers with Muddled Raspberries + Mint
Beard and Bonnet | Pineapple and Cilantro Moscow Mule
The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs
Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies
Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Sparkling Peppered Plum Blush
The Broken Bread | Blackberry Mint + Cucumber Gin Spritzer

Tending the Table | Plum Spritzer with Ginger + Kafir Lime
Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita
She Eats | Fizzy Lime + Blackberry Shrub
holly & flora | Pimm’s Cup with Blackberry + Lemon Zest Shrub
Vigor and Sage | Peachy Tomato Basil Gin + Tonic
The Pig & Quill | Raspberry Basil Gingerade Fizz

Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter + Berry Smoothie
A Brown Table | Fig + Bourbon Summer Smash
The Clever Carrot | 5 Minute White Peach Margaritas
Cookie and Kate | Watermelon Sangria
le jus d’orange | Peach Yogurt Soju + Ginger Plum Kombucha Cocktail
Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash

The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup
Snixy Kitchen | Sparkling Asian Pear + Mint Iced Tea
what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada
i am a food blog | Thyme Gin + Tonics
Fix Feast Flair | Berry Peachy Kentucky Mules
Salt & Wind | Watermelon Aperol Spritzes

Heirloom Tomatoes | @withfoodandlove

Fox Point Pickles | @withfoodandlove

Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay and Spicy Pickles | @withfoodandlove

Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Serves Makes 4 cups

The more red the tomatoes you use, the more red the mix will be. The color will deepen after you strain and let it rest. You can make this and freeze this to enjoy all winter long.


  • 5 cups chopped heirloom tomatoes {any fresh tomatoes works}
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper + more to serve


  1. Blend the tomatoes in a blender until smooth. Run the mixture through a sieve, and then add in the cup of water.
  2. Add in the Old Bay, worcestershire, horseradish, citrus juice, salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined. Refrigerate, and set for 30 minutes.
  3. To assemble the Bloody Marys:
  4. Fill a glass with ice, pour in an ounce of your favorite vodka, and top with the bloody mary mix and lots of fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Fix it with your favorite accoutrements like a spicy pickle, citrus wedges, olives, celery, herbs and/or pepperoncinis.
  6. Enjoy responsibly!


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57 Responses to "Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles for #drinkthesummer 2015!"

  1. Reply


    August 19, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Sherrie this is SO lovely!!!! Thank you so much for organizing this boozy summer bash. It was a fun project and prompted me to post my first cocktail post!! Gorgeous photos – I’m going to have to make this :)

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:34 PM

      Hi Betty! I hope to do get a chance to make these. Thank you so much for joining us for #DRINKTHESUMMER, your post was GORGEOUS! xx

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    August 19, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Guess what?! We’re almost birthday twinsies—I turn 32 next Tuesday! I’m so, so glad you got to spend yours luxuriating in home, in nature, in your family, in that freaking AMAZING cake your grandma made. And how lucky are we that you and Renee cooked up #DRINKTHESUMMER for us all to play with. BEST BEST BEST. Also can I please have ten of these gorgeous Marys with ALL the spicy pickles? Thxbai.

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:36 PM

      Oh hell yeah birthday babe! Because it took me forever to reply to all of these comments, I know your day has come and gone and I’m sending you another birthday heyyyyyyyyy! Thanks for joining us, #DRINKTHESUMMER was a smashing success because of all of YOU guys. xx

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    Sophie | The Green Life

    August 19, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Happy belated birthday! Funny I turned 32 last week too. :)
    I LOVE this #drinkthesummer initiative! I’ve looked at a few of them so far and they all look amazing!! You guys are giving me so many gorgeous Summer drink ideas!

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:37 PM

      32! It doesn’t feel so bad, right? Thank Sophie + happy belated back at ya!

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    Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow

    August 19, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Hell yeah, I’m so excited about this! We’ve got like a million heirlooms that just ripened (my first time successfully growing heirlooms!) and I feel like this is a great way of enjoying them fresh. Because, obviously, cocktails are the best way to to consume your veggies ;) PS: I adore your love of Old Bay.

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      PLEASE MAKE THESE, you’ll love them. And yeah, Old Bay on, everything. xx

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    Cady | Wild Heart of Life

    August 19, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Old Bay and pickles in a Bloody Mary is pure genius! I discovered- or rather the discovery was thrust upon me by devoted Maryland natives- Old Bay last summer while I was working in Baltimore. I feel like I went to enough crab-fests to really get the experience. My favorite iteration was always Old Bay corn-on-the-cob. So obvs, I would love it with tomato, too! Trying this.

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      It’s such a great combination, I hope you’ll love it!

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    August 19, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    i have been lost in all these drink recipes all morning! what a great party!! xo

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      #DRINKTHESUMMER for the win!

  7. Reply


    August 19, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Happy belated birthday!!!!! Your grandma sounds like the loveliest lady! I love that she baked you a cake with store bought frosting… Truth be told, I am a sucker for a funfetti cake with white frosting and sprinkles, it’s just so good. Now about this #drinkthesummer, I am so happy you and Renee put this on, and that you invited me into the mix. Three cheers for summery cocktails, especially this one which I kinda want to make for lunch ;)

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      Thanks Kristan! Thanks for joining us and making #DRINKTHESUMMER a smashing success.

      p.s. see ya soon! xx

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    Michelle @ Hummingbird High

    August 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a great time, especially if these bloody marys were involved somehow. Thanks for organizing such a fun event!

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      Thank YOU! And, thanks for joining us girl! xx

  9. Reply

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    August 19, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Thank you so much for organizing this! It’s been soooo much fun. And these might be the prettiest bloody marys I’ve ever seen. ;-)

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:41 PM

      Thanks for playing along Sara, it was such a great time to get everyone together and PARTAY!

  10. Reply


    August 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Bloody Marys are my very favorite thing!! I must try this!! Love fresh heirloom tomatoes.

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:41 PM

      Then you’ll LOVE this, hopefully ;)

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    August 19, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    I love how we both wrote about our grandmas today! So cute :). Love this drink (gorgeous) and thank you for helping put together this super fun online drink mixer, Sherrie! So much goodness – xo

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      You bet Jessie, thanks for joining us girl!

  12. Reply

    aida mollenkamp

    August 19, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    So glad you got some quality time upstate. Safe travels home and thanks for including me in this delightful party!

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Hell yeah Aida, thanks for drinking the summer with us! xx

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    August 19, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Oh my goodness I’m loving the Old Bay in this! Growing up in the DC area I’ve had Old Bay on practically everything and now I’m going to add it to my bloody marys.

    Thank you for hosting this lovely party with Renee. I love discovering new blogs and finding new ways to use up my late summer produce!

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:43 PM

      Old Bay on all the things!!!! Glad you found a few new blogs, mission accomplished!

  14. Reply


    August 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    YUM! I always love the idea of a bloody mary but that canned tomato juice never does it for me. I can’t wait to try this version! Your photos are SO stunning, Sherrie. I’ll have all the pickles, please.

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM

      Thanks Alanna and thanks for joining in on the fun! It was a total #DRINKTHESUMMER success :)

  15. Reply


    August 19, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    So clearly you and Renee had your thinking caps on for this one, because I can’t decide which of these mock/cocktails (I almost wrote those two out in the reverse and then thought better of it…) I want to make and drink first. Although I am a SUCKER for a good bloody mary, and this looks to be pretty primo! Thanks for hosting such a fun collaboration, sweet friend. Cheers to you!

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM

      Thanks for playing along with us Em! LOVE YOU!!

  16. Reply

    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    August 19, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    This was so much fun – thanks again for hosting!!! Also, these bloody marys look out of this world!

    • Reply


      August 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      Thanks Shelly :)

  17. Reply

    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist

    August 19, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Hi Sherrie,
    This is my first time on your blog and what a great day to have arrived! I found you through the #drinkthesummer event that you hosted. What a great idea. Everyone’s creations are so wonderful. I loved what you said about when your grandma makes you meatballs you eat them. I was the same way with my grandma. I could talk a big game about only eating whole grains, but if my grandma baked me something, I was eating it. Just thinking of trying to explain to my grandma that I can’t eat her cake because it was made with all purpose flour makes my head and heart hurt. Eat the cake and love the cake.
    P.S. Nice to meet you! I look forward to the rest of your summer harvest.

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM

      Nice to meet you Kathryn! I’m glad you found me :) And yeah, I mean, when my nana makes me meatballs and my grandmother makes me a cake, I eat them, I don’t care what’s in them, they’re filled with love and I feel good about that. All my love to you! xx

  18. Reply

    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    August 19, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    I love Bloody Mary’s, so I can’t wait to try these babies out! Thank you for organizing this amazing collaboration. I had so much fun being a part of it!

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      August 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM

      Thanks for joining us Kelsey! :)

  19. Reply

    Sabrina + Rachel @ Vigor + Sage

    August 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Love your photos. Makes a Bloody Mary look comforting and refreshing. We had a fun time joining in the bash today! Thanks xx

    • Reply


      August 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM

      You bet you two! Thanks for joining along and making the day such a success. xx

  20. Reply


    August 20, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    38 bloggers sharing awesome recipes?! Well done for putting this all together and what a great idea :)

    • Reply


      August 27, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      It was quite the undertaking, but totally worth it :)

  21. Reply

    Christine | Vermilion Roots

    August 20, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    That’s a great list of summer drink recipes! I am discovering new blogs and liking a lot of them. Thanks for the links. *Hic* :-)

    • Reply


      August 27, 2015 at 12:56 PM

      You bet Christine! I’m glad you’re liking the links and finding some new to you bloggers. Happy to spread the love around! xx

  22. Reply

    Sarah | Well and Full

    August 20, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Old Bay + Bloody Mary = Genius. And you rock the all caps girl!! ;)

    • Reply


      August 27, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      Hahaha, thanks Sarah! xx

  23. Reply


    August 20, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    welcome to the thirty deuce club! aka happy birthday!!! my birthday is next month and oooof, i’ll be hitting the double 3s. your grandma sounds like the best and sweetest ever! homemade, gluten-free meatballs AND cake? too good :) you and renee put together such a stellar online party, love it all! xo

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      August 27, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      Happy Birthday to YOU girl! Thank you – it was a blast, hoping next time you’ll be able to join us! Oh and to be fair, those grandmothers are two separate people. One nana, and one grandma, making separate treats, but yeah they’re THE CUTEST! xx

  24. Reply


    August 20, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    These look amazing and wonderful and so refreshing! thanks for hosting this awesome party! I had so much fun clicking through all the contributions!

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      August 27, 2015 at 1:09 PM

      You bet Cindy! I had a blast also, everyone brought their A game!!

  25. Reply


    August 21, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    You guys. This is like the highlight of my summer. SO, SO many dreamy, amazing, refreshing, summer-in-a-glass drinks!! I’m never going to want for a delicious drink recipe ever again. HAPPIEST of birthdays, lady!!!!!! Thank you for this amazing shindig!

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      August 27, 2015 at 1:10 PM

      I have to agree, #DRINKTHESUMMER kinda made the internet a more beautiful place, for like a hot minute anyways. Hope you can join us next time Cynthia, all my love! xx

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    genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    August 22, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    So much yes for using heirloom tomatoes in Bloody Marys! I would have never thought to add spicy pickles but these sound incredible. I wish this was a real life party I could go to because all the drink recipes just sound and look so amazing!!! What a perfect way to celebrate summer.

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      August 27, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      ME too Genevieve! Hopefully next year you can join in for the #DRINKTHESUMMER fun :)

  27. Reply


    August 24, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    What a great collaboration. Every single drink looks and sounds so good. Well done, ladies…
    PS: Happy belated birthday!

    • Reply


      August 27, 2015 at 1:20 PM

      Thanks Ayesgul! Right? Everyone really hit it out of the park. Feeling really honored to have hosted such a smashing success.

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    September 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    This is possible the most delicious looking drink I’ve seen this summer!

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      September 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      TOO KIND Nina!! xx

  29. Reply

    Eden Passante

    January 24, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Adding spicy pickles is such a great touch to this recipe! I love it!

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