Tangy, spicy, healthy, and yes, a “Bloody Maria” can be part of a low-carb lifestyle! Our recipe is a twist on the traditional Bloody Mary classic. We replace the vodka with a top-notch tequila and add a smoky flavor with smoked paprika and just the right amount of heat. It is a Southwestern treat! The hardest part will be to limit your intake so you do not use all of your daily carb count on this delicious cocktail. The recipe yields two drinks, each about 6.5 ounces so with ice you should have a full-sized glass.
In the United States a Bloody Mary is often used for “hangover” relief. Supposedly, the salt helps to restore electrolytes, the vegetable base will settle the stomach, and the alcohol will numb the pain. Of course, this is a myth, but many still believe it should be consumed for breakfast or brunch. For many years, restaurants would advertise a “Bloody Mary Brunch” on Sundays. Today, it seems bottomless Mimosa’s have usurped the Bloody Mary as the brunch drink. But, there is no doubt that the taste is unique and if made properly it can be low carb and delicious.
Our carb count is kept lower by using V-8 Cocktail juice and not sugary pre-made mixes. You can also use basic tomato juice if you prefer, but we like the V-8 as it begins with a tasty drink full of nutrients. The secret to our mix is in the ingredient blend. Horseradish and Dijon together add a spicy and tangy taste and any Bloody Mary mix is better when you use celery seed. You may choose to adjust the heat by adding more Cholula hot sauce. Cayenne pepper or Sriracha. The basic recipe will remain the same – just the heat will increase.
We suggest using a top-notch silver tequila, it seems to make the drink smoother. It also turns the Bloody Mary into a “Bloody Maria.” We do use Cholula for our heat and the smoked paprika is also a nice Spanish touch. We even rim our glass with a mixture of salt and smoked paprika.
We continue the low-carb theme by adding a slice of cooked bacon with the traditional celery stalk for garnish.
Any breakfast or brunch recipe featuring eggs and bacon or other meat (like chorizo or beef) would pair well with our “Bloody Maria” cocktail. It is a perfect drink when enjoying a breakfast bake. We suggest trying our Sausage, Mushroom, and Pepper Breakfast Bake or our Crustless Quiche with Spinach and Ricotta. Our Beefy Breakfast Egg Skillet would also be delicious with this recipe. But don’t limit yourself to just breakfast or brunch. We enjoy this recipe with stir fry vegetable dishes and of course Huevos Rancheros. We will soon post our low-carb version of this Mexican classic.
But, be creative, the drink would also enhance a dinner with any meat or seafood. A meatloaf would work well or a nice juicy steak! In fact, we use the mix as a marinade for our “Bloody Maria” Shrimp Ceviche and the drink would be the perfect complement. Grilled shrimp, salmon, chicken . . . the possibilities are endless. It is just a wonderful, hearty, tasty low-carb cocktail!
The mix will be even better if you refrigerate it overnight and it should keep well for a week in the fridge. So you will have plenty of chances to pair it with any dish and explore the possibilities. A perfect low-carb drink that is also low in calories and very high in flavor. Enjoy one tonight and make sure you leave us a comment on your thoughts on our recipe. We love this one and know you will, also!
- 8 ounces V-8 cocktail juice
- 1 ounce Lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
- 1 ounce Lime juice (fresh squeezed)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- 1 teaspoon Horseradish
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Cholula hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Dill pickle brine
- 1/2 teaspoon Smoked paprika
- 3 ounces Tequila silver
- 1 Celery stalk (garnish)
- 1 Bacon (cooked strip, garnish)
- Place all mix ingredients in a blender (except tequila and garnish) and pulse or shake for a few seconds.
- Pour tequila over ice cubes in a shaker. Add mix and shake to combine.
- Rim a large cocktail glass with lime juice and dip into a saucer filled with a blend of sea salt and smoked paprika. (Or you can use bacon bits)
- Pour the cocktail into the glass and garnish with a celery stalk.