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Harissa Bloody Marys

Photo: Christopher Testani
Active time 15 mins
Total time 15 mins

Serves 8

Kick off your festivities with this fun take on the classic brunch beverage. Molly likes to boost her version with harissa, a traditional Tunisian chile paste with a spicy, pleasantly bitter edge. "I just love those flavors," she explains, "and they're not common around Grand Forks, North Dakota. I really like being able to introduce a new ingredient like harissa to my community through a more familiar thing like a Bloody Mary." Look for harissa in cans, jars, or tubes on the international foods aisle or with the specialty sauces. If you can't find it, substitute a few dashes of hot sauce. Garnish as desired with celery stalks, lime wedges, and pickles. You can combine everything except the club soda a day ahead; give it a good stir before serving, and top off with club soda at the last minute.


  • 4 cups low-sodium tomato juice
  • 1 1/4 cups vodka
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon harissa or hot sauce
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons celery salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Lime wedges
  • 2 cups chilled club soda
  • Pickles and celery for garnish (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 115
  • fat 0.2 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 7 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 300 mg
  • calcium 23 mg
  • sugars 5 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 1 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine tomato juice, vodka, lime juice, harissa, 1/2 teaspoon celery salt, Worcestershire, sugar, horseradish, caraway, pepper, and garlic in a pitcher.

  2. Run a lime wedge along half the rim of 8 glasses; coat moistened rims with remaining 1 tablespoon celery salt. Add ice to glasses. Pour 2/3 cup tomato juice mixture into each glass; top each serving with 1/4 cup club soda. Garnish with pickles and celery, if desired.