Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Gin Cocktails

Bloody Bulldog

Bloody Bulldog cocktail in a highball glass, loaded with garnishes (tomatoes on a skewer, pickles, olive, asparagus), served on a silver tray / Tim Nusog

The Bloody Mary is one of the most well-known drinks in the world, but that popularity doesn’t give vodka a monopoly on tomato juice cocktails. Spirits like gin and tequila also work well with tomato juice and other savory ingredients to create eye-opening drinks perfect for morning and midday sipping. One example is the Bloody Bulldog, a fortifying Bloody Mary riff from bartender Somer Perez.

The Bloody Bulldog begins with Bulldog gin, but any London dry gin will do, so feel free to reach for what’s nearby. From there, Perez leans classic, adding tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco before taking a left turn with balsamic vinegar and minced garlic. She then garnishes the cocktail with a cornucopia of fresh snacks, including celery, pickles, asparagus, olives, cherry tomatoes and carrot. The result is a hearty mixture of gin, juice, spice and vitamins that will pick you up after a long night and sustain you through a long day.


  • 2 ounces Bulldog gin (or other London dry-style gin)

  • 4 ounces tomato juice

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tablespoon horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 pinches celery salt

  • 3 pinches black pepper

  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce

  • Garnish: celery stalk

  • Garnish: pickled okra

  • Garnish: dill pickle

  • Garnish: asparagus

  • Garnish: olives

  • Garnish: cherry tomatoes

  • Garnish: carrot, sliced lengthwise


  1. Add the gin, tomato juice, lemon juice, garlic, horseradish, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper and Tabasco sauce to a highball glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  2. Garnish with any or all of the following: a celery stalk, pickled okra, a dill pickle spear, an asparagus spear, a skewer with 3 olives, a skewer with 3 cherry tomatoes or a carrot stick.

Recipe Variations

Bloody Mary: The classic version with vodka, tomato juice, citrus and all the accoutrements.

Bloody Caesar: Canada’s take on the drink, applying a subtle twist with Clamato juice.

Bloody Maria: Tequila adds earthy depth, and extra hot sauce brings the heat.

Red Snapper: It’s essentially the classic, but with gin instead of vodka.