Game-Day Favorite: Basil Bloody Mary

Happy football season to everyone! We are excited about the Alabama/Penn State game and Auburn/Mississippi State tomorrow. I thought I would share this fun game-day recipe for Basil Bloody Marys. I made these on television a couple of times last year for some tailgating shows, and I thought they would make the perfect tailgating drink for this weekend’s games. This recipe rocks-just try it and you will see. Enjoy the weekend!

Basil Bloody Mary

Prep Times:

15 minutes


16 servings


8 cups low-sodium vegetable juice (V8)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
Pepper to taste
Garnish: Celery sticks, basil
3 cups vodka (optional)


1. Place 1 cup vegetable juice and basil in a blender; pulse until basil is pureed. Add lemon juice and next 3 ingredients. Add remaining tomato juice to fill blender and blend. Pour mixture into a large pitcher. Stir in remaining vegetable juice and pepper, mixing well. Serve in glasses with ice. Garnish with celery and basil, if desired.

Note: If you want this with vodka, stir in 3 cups vodka in the pitcher right before serving and mix well.

17 thoughts on “Game-Day Favorite: Basil Bloody Mary”

  1. Alison,
    You have been reading my mind! I was just talking to my wife about
    contacting you about a new Bloody Mary recipe, and then poof you came
    out with your basil bloody recipe. I made it this morning for the
    Auburn game, and it was delicious! I’m waiting for the Bama game, and
    I am going to make another one! Thanks for being a mind reader.

  2. U nailed this recipe. It has everything I like t see in a Bloody Mary. I ALMOST abbreviated bloody mary, then changedmy minem. It sounded beyond awful lol. And jic u didn’t see my dm…Michaels or Hobby Lobby…buy it in every color you can…oh yes, and spray in a well ventilated area:-)

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