Sunday Bloody Sunday

One of the best places to get a Bloody Mary in El Paso on a Sunday afternoon is Hope and Anchor. They also have one of the best patios. On Sunday Bloody Sundays, you get to create your perfect bloody by filling out a card with your specifications and indicating if you would like a complimentary grilled cheese sandwich. Yup. $5 gets you a bloody and a grilled cheese. It’s real cheese, too. None of that processed cheese—not that there’s anything wrong with that (there’s a time and a place for everything).


I like that you can choose tomato juice, because most places in El Paso use Clamato by default, which apparently is actually called a Bloody Caesar. A recent visit to H&A left me empty handed. Well, not too empty handed—I ordered Uinta’s Wyld Pale Ale, which is excellent, by the way. Do you know how annoying it is to make one Bloody Mary, much less twenty? There’s like a million ingredients in there. So, H&A has cleverly pre-made their own Bloody Mary/Caesar mixes. The only problem is that it now has Worcestershire sauce already in it, which means it’s now unsuitable for vegetarians due to the anchovies. Don’t go boycotting them or anything, I think it was an off day and they just ran out of extra tomato juice to make a separate drink.


FYI, you can get a Bloody Mary at Eloise with vegan Worcestershire sauce! If they’re out, just order it sans the Worcestershire. Naima, who commented below, reminded me about Bloody Marias, where use tequila instead of vodka. This in turn reminded me that Eloise has some great vodka and tequila infusions like tomato basil, peppers, pineapple serrano, and more.


…and if you’re still searching for that perfect Bloody or are too hungover to leave the house, try this recipe! It is the holy grail of Bloodies and you can go to town with the garnishes. Sprouts carries two brands of vegan Worcestershire sauce that are less than $4: Wan Ja Shan and Annie’s.
bloody mary top
It’s a lot of ingredients, but once you get them all set up, you dump them in the shaker and it’s done and totally worth it. Smoky, sweet, and perfectly balanced. I think you can get away with leaving out the horseradish and chipotle, but to me, the barbecue sauce and lemon juice are essential.
It takes a village to make a great Bloody Mary.
It takes a village to make a great Bloody Mary. I couldn’t find my cool glass olive picks, so I used a child’s chopstick.

Smoky BBQ Bloody Mary

This recipe was perfect, I didn’t alter anything. The first time I made it, I was out of horseradish, so I used horseradish mustard, and it came out great! I found the recipe here at CHOW.
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces tomato juice (I used 2 tablespoons tomato paste mixed with 4 oz. water)
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh or prepared horseradish
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes or more hot sauce, such as Tabasco
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper or a ton
1 teaspoon barbecue sauce
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped chipotles in adobo sauce
Generous squeeze of lemon juice
Pinch of celery seeds


Combine all of the ingredients except garnishes in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake to combine, and then strain over fresh ice into a highball glass.
Garnish options: celery stalks, cucumber and carrot spears, olives, pickles, cilantro, pepperoncini, cheese cubes, bacon, and my favorite, Primal vegan jerky strips. Pictured is the hickory smoke flavor.
bloody mary tall
bloody mary celery


  1. Yum. Looks amazing. My husband and I love Bloody Mary’s especially in the morning after too much Whiskey. We love making them at home.

    Have you ever tried one with Tequila? It’s delicious. Fittingly called a Bloody Maria.

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