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Bloody Mary Fish Bowl

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 14
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A fun Bloody Mary mix is served up group-style in a new fish bowl with lots of great garnishes swimming in the mix.
by: Macheesmo
Updated Sep 18, 2017
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  • 64 oz tomato juice, chilled
  • 2 lemons, juiced and strained
  • 3-4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Vodka, for mixing


  • Crispy bacon strips
  • Celery stalks
  • Pickle spears
  • Kalamata olives
  • Spicy peppers


  • 1
    In a 1 gallon new, clean fish bowl, stir together chilled tomato juice with the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, horseradish, black pepper, celery salt, and kosher salt. Taste the mix and adjust to your liking.
  • 2
    Fill fish bowl with ice and add in lots of the garnishes so the fish bowl is full of stuff.
  • 3
    To serve, combine two ounces vodka with 6 ounces Bloody Mary mix from the fish bowl. Serve with garnishes from the bowl.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Inexpensive plastic fish bowls are available at big box stores, and they make a fun punch bowl for parties. Be sure to wash prior to using for this purpose.
  • tip 2
    To prevent drinks from getting too watery and to make sure you can control serving size, it's best to only make the mix in the fish bowl and serve drinks individually by adding vodka to each cup.

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More About This Recipe

  • Serve a batch at a time in a fish bowl and get your party swimming! The Bloody Mary is one of my favorite brunch drinks (and really the only time I find tomato juice to be worthwhile). But most mixes I find to be a kind of bland, especially after you mix them with ice and vodka. So I like to make my own mix, spiked with lots of hot sauce, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re feeding a crowd it’s fun to make the mix in a big fish bowl and let people scoop out the mix on their own (plus any fun garnishes they can find floating around). Of course, a good mix is crucial. Try to use good tomato juice and go heavy on the add-ins. I gave rough guidelines in the recipe, but feel free to customize to your liking. The other fun part about serving everything in a fish bowl is you can really pack it full of garnishes. I add in loads of pickle spears, olives, spicy peppers, celery sticks, and crispy bacon strips. As people ladle out their mix, they can fish for their favorite garnishes! For this recipe, a one-gallon fish bowl is plenty big and will leave you room for lots of ice as well. This will keep the mixture really nice and cold. One note on this fish bowl idea: I do not recommend adding the vodka into the fish bowl with the mix. The vodka and tomato juice are different densities and if they sit awhile, they might separate out which could leave some drinks really weak and some dangerously strong. So let people add their own vodka to each glass. I recommend about two ounces of vodka for each 6-8 ounces of mix. Of course, the mix is so good that even with no vodka, it’s a nice, spicy drink!
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