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Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles

Fresh Bloody Marys made with fresh heirloom tomato Bloody Mary Mix.
Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles | Fresh Bloody Mary mix made with fresh heirloom tomatoes and with a touch of Old Bay seasoning. The best way to preserve summer tomatoes and have fresh Bloody Mary mix cocktails all year round.

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 home. I went back to New York. It was awesome to be near the water again, something I crave and miss all the time living in the Midwest.

There was a lot of food and fun, and there were markets. Also, I turned thirty-two. My nana made me meatballs. 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. They are both 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 exploding with tomatoes and eggplants and peppers. And, I’ve waited so long for this.

At the beginning of the summer, Renee and I dreamt up a 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 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 for fresh Bloody Marys. And this fresh Bloody Mary mix made with heirloom tomatoes is above and beyond a store bought mix.  Add a little vodka, Old Bay seasoning and a spicy pickle and you’re gold.

Here is the complete list of party people. Check them all out. They’re awesome recipes, and really talented 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

Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles | Fresh Bloody Mary mix made with fresh heirloom tomatoes and with a touch of Old Bay seasoning. The best way to preserve summer tomatoes and have fresh Bloody Mary mix cocktails all year round.

Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles | Fresh Bloody Mary mix made with fresh heirloom tomatoes and with a touch of Old Bay seasoning. The best way to preserve summer tomatoes and have fresh Bloody Mary mix cocktails all year round.

Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles | Fresh Bloody Mary mix made with fresh heirloom tomatoes and with a touch of Old Bay seasoning. The best way to preserve summer tomatoes and have fresh Bloody Mary mix cocktails all year round.

Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles | Fresh Bloody Mary mix made with fresh heirloom tomatoes and with a touch of Old Bay seasoning. The best way to preserve summer tomatoes and have fresh Bloody Mary mix cocktails all year round.

Fresh Bloody Mary Mix

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

You can make this up to 3 days in advance. You can also and freeze this to enjoy it later.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper 

Directions

Blend the tomatoes in a blender until smooth.

Run the mixture through a sieve, and then add in the cup of water.

Next add in the Old Bay seasoning, horseradish, lemon juice, lime juice, salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined.

Refrigerate to chill and set for 30 minutes.

Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles

Total Time
Serves 1 Bloody Mary

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces Fresh Bloody Mary Mix {see above}
  • accouterments, to garnish {see notes}

Directions

Fill a glass with ice, pour in the vodka, and top with Fresh Bloody Mary Mix.

Garnish it with your favorite accoutrements, and enjoy responsibly.

Recipe Notes

Accoutrements:

black pepper

salt rim

spicy pickles

citrus wedges

olives

celery

herbs

pepperoncini

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29 Responses to "Fresh Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles"

  1. Reply

    betty

    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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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    August 19, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Guess what?! We’re almost birthday twinges — 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.

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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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    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 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.

  5. Reply

    Cady | Wild Heart of Life

    August 19, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Old Bay and pickles in a Bloody Mary is pure genius!

  6. Reply

    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

  7. Reply

    kristan@the-broken-bread.

    August 19, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Happy belated birthday! Your grandmas sounds like the loveliest! 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.

  8. Reply

    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!

  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.

  10. Reply

    Bianca

    August 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM

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

  11. Reply

    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

  12. Reply

    aida mollenkamp

    August 19, 2015 at 1:50 PM

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

  13. Reply

    Sonja

    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!

  14. Reply

    Alanna

    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.

  15. Reply

    Em

    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!

  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!

  17. Reply

    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist

    August 19, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    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.

  18. Reply

    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    August 19, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    I love Bloody Marys, 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.

  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

  20. Reply

    Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation

    August 20, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Thirty-eight bloggers sharing awesome recipes?! Well done for putting this all together and what a great idea.

  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.

  22. Reply

    Sarah | Well and Full

    August 20, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Old Bay + Bloody Mary = Genius.

  23. Reply

    Lindsey

    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. You and Renee put together such a stellar party, love it all! xo

  24. Reply

    Cindy

    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.

  25. Reply

    cynthia

    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.

  26. Reply

    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.

  27. Reply

    Aysegul

    August 24, 2015 at 9:19 AM

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

  28. Reply

    Nina

    September 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM

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

  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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