Derby Cocktails: Bloody Mary

The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday — but we will be attending the Virginia Gold Cup race. It’s  much closer to home.

The race only lasts two minutes, but the event lasts all day and it’s all about traditions. Big hats, pretty dresses, pastels, plaid, and good tailgating food!

Jenny over at Savory Style helped us come up with our Southern theme for the tailgate. I am making several jugs of bloody mary’s (my favorite) and corn muffins.


*2 shots of Absolute vodka *1 cup V8 vegetable juice *1 teaspoon horseradish *2 shakes of Worcestershire sauce *1 teaspoon lemon juice  *1 teaspoon Tabasco (if you like it hot!) *salt *Old Bay seasoning *1  celery stalk
Makes 1 – 16 oz bloody mary


1. Use two similar size glasses, keep one empty and to the side. Pour your vodka and V8 into one glass.

2. Spoon in your horseradish, and two shakes of Worcestershire and teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir with a spoon and add a handful of ice cubes.

3. In a bowl or on a plate mix about 1/4 cups salt and 2 table spoons old bay seasoning into a circular mound. Wet the rim of your empty glass and then twist it around the salt and seasoning.

4. Carefully pour your bloody mary into the now salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a celery stalk (or lemon wedge.)

Honey so badly wants to come to the race. I really wish I could get her a mini derby hat with two holes cut out for her ears. I would walk her around on her pretty pink leash, she is certainly a Southern belle. After all we did rescue her from South Carolina! :)

The most traditional derby cocktail is the mint julep of course! Jenny is bringing that one. We will also have mimosas and sangria.

11 Responses to “Derby Cocktails: Bloody Mary”

  1. Hilary Mae posted on May 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm (#)

    Yum! Those look amazing and I hope you post pictures of the hats! Have fun!

  2. Liz posted on May 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm (#)

    you guys will have a blast at Gold Cup! I wish I could go, but I have to work until 4pm :(

  3. Ashley Lynn posted on May 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm (#)

    You can always find her a fun hat…
    http://www.life.com/gallery/22576/image/3166251#index/2

    Those drinks look delish! Wish I could have one now!

  4. Elisabeth posted on May 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm (#)

    I’ll take the amazing Bloody Mary, and will dog sit for Honey any time!…smiles!

    • eocspbd replied on March 3rd, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      i drink clamato instead of v8 or tomato its canadian yummy

  5. Parsley Sage posted on May 4, 2011 at 1:04 am (#)

    Sounds like quite the party :) Can’t wait to see the pics!

  6. Bud and Leo posted on May 4, 2011 at 2:49 am (#)

    That looks delish! I can’t wait to watch the derby and have one!

  7. alwayswinner786 posted on May 4, 2011 at 6:18 am (#)

    Hi Michelle,
    First time in your delicious blog and following you.
    Your cocktail is very eye appealing and delicious!

  8. Dree posted on May 4, 2011 at 10:03 am (#)

    Yum! It sounds like you guys are going to have a blast. Can’t wait to see your pictures!

  9. Jenny Eisen posted on May 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm (#)

    So excited for our southern tailgate :)

  10. Juhee posted on May 5, 2011 at 4:39 am (#)

    okay your dog is the cutest ever!!!

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