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The Best Bloody Mary Mix Options, According to Pros

Complete your weekend brunch with the best Bloody Mary mix. Our Test Kitchen sampled 10 brands to find the perfect blends for your cocktail.

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Searching for the Perfect Bloody Mary Mix

For many, Sunday brunch isn’t complete without a Bloody Mary. This inexplicable combination of tomato juice, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce and vodka is a must-order item at any weekend morning hot spot.

But we all know that Bloody Marys aren’t just the purview of trendy brunch destinations. Bloodies can (and should!) be enjoyed at home with all the garnishes you want. Mixing up your own Bloody Mary from scratch requires some work and a lot of ingredients. It’s no wonder that so many of us just want to cut to the chase and make our drink with a bottle of Bloody Mary mix and our go-to vodka.

So which Bloody Mary mix should you be buying? You don’t want to grab any ol’ bottle and be disappointed by a runny and spiceless cocktail. To get to the bottom of this, our Taste of Home Test Kitchen, a talented crew of culinarians and tasters, sampled all the biggest brands to find the best Bloody Mary mix.

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How Our Test Kitchen Found the Best Bloody Mary Mix

Like all our taste tests, our experts take sampling to heart. Our team shopped for the most popular Bloody Mary mixes as well as some smaller brands with passionate fanbases. Each mix was sampled blindly and without accompaniments (no vodka or garnishes here for accurate testing).

Because Bloody Marys are a complex cocktail, our team had a lot to keep in mind as they sampled:

  • Appearance: A great Bloody Mary should be a feast for the eyes, starting with the mix. A great one should look bright and appetizing with flecks of flavor throughout.
  • Texture: The right texture is a major component of a perfect Bloody. Too thick and it feels like you’re sipping tomato soup; too thin and it’s like you’re sipping plain ol’ tomato juice. Good mixes should walk the line between the two.
  • Spice: Bloody Marys aren’t subtle. This cocktail is filled with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, citrus juice, celery salt and horseradish. While the proportions will differ from one brand to the next, a satisfying mix should pack a punch.
  • Flavor: As always, flavor is the most important category. A great Bloody Mary mix should have all the flavors we look for in a homemade cocktail. Surprising extras are also welcome; mixes with a little extra kick are great for spice fanatics.

After sipping and scoring, four brands rose to the top. Check out the Bloody Mary mixers you should add to your bar cart.

Zing Zang Bloody Mary MixVia Walmart.com

Best Crowd-Pleasing Bloody Mary Mix

Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix

Next time you’re hosting brunch and want a cocktail that’ll satisfy all your guests, grab a bottle or two of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix.

This premade mixer is packed with flavor and layer after layer of spice. According to Sarah Farmer, head of our Test Kitchen, “The taste here is bold and robust.”

With every sip, our team could pick out new flavors including Worcestshire sauce, garlic, celery and even hints of smoke. Combined together, Zing Zang made for a really satisfying Virgin Mary (that’s a Bloody Mary without the vodka). Our team knows that the flavor would only be improved with a splash of vodka and a few garnishes like olives and citrus wedges.

Pros

What our Test Kitchen liked about Zing Zang:

  • Great consistency—not too thick or runny
  • Terrific balance of heat and tomato
  • Complex flavors and top-notch blend of spices

Cons

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Color isn’t super vivid

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Mcclures Bloody Mary MixVia Amazon.com

Best Spicy Bloody Mary Mix

McClure’s Bloody Mary Mixer

Do you like your Bloody Mary extra bold? Stop right here: McClure’s Bloody Mary Mixer is the bottle you want in your fridge. “Stick a celery stalk in this—we’ve got a winning mix!” according to Sarah Farmer, a lover of heat.

McClure’s mixer is intensely flavored with garlic, black pepper and hot peppers—a combination that will please anyone that likes their Marys with a few extra splashes of hot sauce.

But this mix isn’t all heat. You’ll get some refreshing notes as well thanks to cucumber and a bit of dill blended into McClure’s. Just add vodka and enjoy—and don’t forget that celery stick!

Pros

What our Test Kitchen liked about McClure’s:

  • Great texture
  • Bold flavor
  • Plenty of heat

Cons

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Too spicy for those with sensitive palates

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Demitris Bloody Mary SeasoningVia Demitris.com

Freshest Bloody Mary Mix

Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning

For garden-fresh taste, our Test Kitchen suggests Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning.

This bright red mix wowed our testing team with its verdant flavor. According to Associate Culinary Producer Sarah Tramonte, “This one is very fresh and tomato-forward—almost salsa-like.”

Other than that great tomato taste, our team picked up notes of black pepper, garlic and celery—all the right flavors for this cocktail.

Pros

What our Test Kitchen liked about Demitri’s:

  • Fresh tomato flavor
  • Ideal consistency
  • Vibrant color
  • Great canvas for customization

Cons

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Not a lot of heat
  • Could use some livening up, depending on your tastes

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The Real Dill Bloody Mary MixVia Hivebrands.com

Best Out-of-the-Box Bloody Mary Mix

The Real Dill Bloody Mary Mix

While some like a good basic mix and others a Bloody that’s extra-spicy, there are folks that are looking for something more out of their cocktail. The Real Dill makes a pickle-accented mix that’s different from any other bottled Bloody we tried.

Sure, pickle-flavored foods can seem like a gimmick, but our Test Kitchen assures you that the combination works perfectly here. In fact, Sarah Farmer says that she typically uses pickle brine ice cubes in her at-home Bloody Marys.

In this mix, flavors of dill, garlic and a touch of vinegar play well with the classic Bloody Mary flavors. Together with celery salt, Worcestershire and hot sauce, this bottled mix really packs a flavorful, spice-forward (but not too hot) punch.

Pros

What our Test Kitchen liked about The Real Dill:

  • Perfect blend of herbs and spices
  • Dill pickle flavor harmonizes with the other ingredients
  • Unique Bloody Mary experience

Cons

Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Pickle flavor isn’t for everyone
  • Slightly thin consistency

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How to Doctor Up Your Bloody Mary

Even with a terrific mix on hand, many Bloody Mary fanatics will still want to give this drink some extra flair. Here are some easy ways to add more flavor to this weekend favorite. Be sure to include these ideas next time you host brunch and set up a Bloody Mary bar.

  • Infuse the vodka: Layer on more flavor when you infuse vodka. Steep your go-to brand with pickles, jalapenos or fresh herbs.
  • Add some spice: Don’t be afraid to add more heat to your mix. A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce will do the trick.
  • Squeeze in citrus: A splash of lemon or lime juice can brighten up this beverage. Be sure to use the fresh stuff for the most delicious and potent results.
  • Garnish, garnish, garnish: Half the fun of making your own Bloody Mary is garnishing it with all the extras—not just a celery stalk. Cheese cubes, pickles, bacon, sausage sticks, olives, shrimp and more make for great Bloody Mary garnishes. Just be sure to have skewers to hold ’em all.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.