Staying in? What better way to pass the time than to have a Bloody Mary Movie night! Here is a list of movies where they imbibe, with matching cocktail recipe for you.
First, the classic Bloody Mary recipe.
Let’s start with the classic Bloody Mary recipe, and then we’ll let you know how to serve it for each movie.
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces vodka (2 Tbsp)
- 6 ounces tomato juice (3/4 c)
- 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
- 2 drops Tabasco sauce
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp celery salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper (black or white)
- lemon or lime wedge
- celery salt
- green olives
- celery stalk
- pickled green bean (optional)
Rim the Glass
- Pour some celery salt or our rimming salt recipe in a saucer.
- Press the fleshy side of a lemon wedge onto a pint glass and rub around the whole circle to wet the glass. (Or, you can dip it in a saucer of water or lemon juice.)
- Turn glass upside down into celery salt. Ensure whole rim is coated. Set aside for 1 minute.
Make the Cocktail
- Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
- Fill with ice and shake gently until blended.
- Strain carefully into prepared glass so no celery salt is removed.
- Add a few ice cubes (Make sure the level isn't too high. Don't want it to overflow when celery stick & garnishes added.)
- Add celery stick and other garnishes on a skewer.
Want to make it a signature drink? Try one these ideas:
- Add 1 pinch smoked paprika
- Try different kinds of vodka
- Substitute vegetable juice for tomato juice
- Substitute Siracha sauce for Tobasco sauce
- Try different amounts of Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce
Now the movies.
We give a short description of the movie, then the scene where they enjoy a Bloody Mary cocktail. Then we tell you how to mix your drink to match theirs.
Thunderball (James Bond) – 1965
James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.
Bond girl Domino Vitali sits on a terrace by the sea with Bond, ordering “a double Bloody Mary with with a lot of Worchester sauce” and sexily stirs it with her finger when it arrives.
How to make the Thunderball Bloody Mary:
- double Bloody Mary means double the vodka, so 4 oz (4 Tbsp)
- lots of Worchester sauce means more than the regular 1 tsp, according to taste
Sexily stir it with your finger (if its for yourself!)
Or, stir it with a cocktail weiner finger. (See instructions at The Rugged Standard.)
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – 2019
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Stuntman Cliff Booth is drinking a Bloody Mary at the bar in a hurricane glass with a tall stalk of celery. (See above.)
How to make the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Bloody Mary.
Cliff Booth shares his tips:
- extra Tobasco & pepper
- Sacramento tomato juice “For it to be true to what it is, you need to have that Sacramento tomato juice base.”
- St. George Green Chile vodka “It adds a nice kick to it, but it also has a nice vegetal pepper-fruit flavor.”
The Great Gatsby – 2013
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
The Bloody Mary cocktail was created by bartender Fernand Petiot in 1921 when working at the New York bar in Paris. He thought Russian vodka was tasteless so he added new-found canned tomato juice from America.
How to make the Great Gatsby Bloody Mary:
- the original recipe was 1/2 vodka and 1/2 tomato juice and then they added spices until they got to the classic recipe we enjoy now
- in Paris in 1921 they used lime juice instead of lemon juice
Johnny English – 2003
How to make a Johnny English Bloody Mary:
- No tabasco sauce
- Horseradish sauce is considered a must-have ingredient for the cocktail, but if you want a mild version, it’s gotta go
We shared some of our favorite Bloody Mary movies, but there are many more. See the whole list at IMDb. 34 movies.
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