Uncle Merle’s Bloody Mary

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


5 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I had a very good friend who was not related to me, but everyone called him "Uncle Merle". He gave me this recipe and made me promise not to give it to anyone until he passed away. Uncle Merle is gone now, but his recipe lives on.—Ronald Roth, Three Rivers, Michigan
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  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 drop hot pepper sauce
  • Dash ground cinnamon, optional
  • Ice cubes
  • 7-1/2 ounces vodka
  • Optional garnishes: Celery ribs, cooked shrimp, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, string cheese, lemon wedges, cooked bacon, beef snack sticks, cucumber spears, olives, cubed cheese, old bay seasoning and celery salt


  1. In a pitcher, mix the first 11 ingredients until blended. If desired, stir in cinnamon. For each serving, pour 3/4 cup mixture over ice; stir in 1-1/2 tablespoons of vodka. Garnish as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 119 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 961mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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