Let’s face it: The holidays are a time of over-indulgence for many people. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities when you’re surrounded by friends and family members, and then before you know it, you’re a few too many drinks deep, and you can see tomorrow morning’s hangover speeding toward you like a freight train.

While I’d love to tell you that the old English saying, “a hair of the dog that bit you” is true, and a hangover cure is one bloody mary away, it would be scienifically irresponsible for me to do so. What I can tell you is that one bloody mary may give you just enough of a buzz to get you through the dreaded morning-after chore of cleaning empty bottles, cans, and other party-trash (who ordered pizza?)

And so friends, I bring you this recipe for a classic bloody mary with the hope that it might ease you into the New Year.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2-2/3 cup tomato juice
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste
  • Tabasco to taste
  • 1 celery stick for garnish
  • 1 lemon wedge for garnish


1.) Combine the vodka, tomato juice,lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and about 1 cup of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

2.) Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

3.) Shake the ingredients thoroughly and strain them into a tall glass filled with ice cubes.

4.) Garnish with a celery stick and lemon wedge.