Roy-Tito’s Super Spicy Bloody Mary

Confession: I don’t like Bloody Marys. I’ve never ordered one at a restaurant that ultimately didn’t make me feel sick. They’re always so heavy- it’s like drinking a jar of Pace Picante mixed with Worcestershire, horseradish and vodka. Gross.

However, all of my Bloody Mary-loving friends and family have been harping on me non-stop to make a Royito’s version of this classic morning cocktail. Morning cocktail…I do love the sound of that. I have reluctantly obliged, and much to my surprise I actually liked it. Like, a lot. I drank the whole thing. And maybe some of a second one. Basically what I’m saying is that I’m drunk right now. Happy hump day!

What I like about this is that it’s light and refreshing, which is not normally characteristic of a Bloody Mary. I didn’t use Worcestershire because while I love it on my steaks and burgers, drinking it is not my bag. If you’re a Bloody Mary purist, by all means add it.

And of course, I used local Austin favorite Tito’s Vodka to make this, and you should too. For some reason it just tastes so much better than other vodkas.



½ cup tomato juice
½ cup Royito’s Hot Sauce
2 oz. vodka, preferably Tito’s
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, plus a lemon wedge for the rim
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp celery salt, plus more for the rim
1 stalk celery and one serrano pepper, for garnish


Mix all ingredients together and shake them in a cocktail shaker (or back and forth between two glasses if you don’t have a cocktail shaker.)

Circle the rim of a glass with the lemon wedge to moisten it then top the rim with celery salt. Pour cocktail mixture over ice and garnish with celery and Serrano (eat this only if you dare…I put it on there because I think it’s a fun little reminder of where the spice in the drink is coming from.) There you go- you now have the perfect Bloody Mary!

Of course, if you are a crazy person, you will do something like this:

Yeah. I made Royito’s ice. And it was AWESOME. If you want to do this at home (and you obviously do), all you do is fill an ice tray (mine happens to be exceptionally large and it is amazing, you can find it here) half with water and the other half Royito’s and let freeze. You are welcome.

And so my crusade to end going out to brunch continues…


  1. Tammy Holmes says:

    Ok Shay, I am a Bloody Mary Lover. I will try your receipe. I have always made mine with Worcestershire, but will leave it out in honor of you !!! Thanks for a new way to make one of my favorite drinks. I will let you know how it turns out.

    Ride At Dawn !!!

  2. Shay,

    The band and I were pretty beat after a long night on the road, but I whipped a batch of your killer bloody mary’s this morning to ease the pain, and everyone was impressed!

    Thanks a ton for passing along this, and ALL of your other amazing recipes.

    You are THE MAN!

  3. whhhhhat!!!! awesome, i hate mild bloody marys.

  4. Stephanie Cordelle says:

    Ahhh, the frozen cubes would be so tasty in a Bloody Mary. Awesome Idea.

  5. This was the Bomb!

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