Sipping Stuff

Very Good Bloody Mary

Wow, I'm feeling so much pressure right now, sitting down to write my first post on our sparkly new place on the internet! It only makes sense to kick it off by rambling about Ron Swanson. He's arguably one of the most lovable characters on Parks and Recreation. He simultaneously pulls off a facade of not giving a single flip, while also occasionally showing a sweet, snuggly side that makes you want to risk your life to give him a big ol' bear hug. This has nothing to do with bloody mary's.

But, like, a lot to do with the title of this Very Good Bloody Mary recipe. At the end of Parks and Rec (spoiler alert?), Ron starts his own business called Very Good Building Company and it's just that - a very good building company. This is a somewhat frilly (but only in the form of adding fresh squeezed citrus, spicy dijon mustard, and seasonings, not difficulty level), very good, Bloody Mary. Shall we?


64 oz tomato juice

12ish oz (8 shots) or more/less of vodka, depending on how crazy you want your day to be.

3 tbsp spicy dijon mustard

3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp sriracha

2.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp celery salt

For the rim: Old Bay Seasoning

For the garnish: lime wedge, pickled asparagus, jalapenos, stuffed olives, celery, sharp cheddar, half a burger, FOLLOW YOUR HEART


Mix ingredients in a large pitcher with a long stirring device. Coat the rim of your glasses generously with Old Bay, pour magic Mary mixture into said glasses, and garnish until your heart is content. Cheers!