Savory Bloody Beer Cocktail Recipe

Published June 24, 2022
Bloody Mary Cocktail


  • Lemon wedge and bloody Mary salt seasoning for rim
  • 10 ounces lager
  • 2 ounces tomato juice
  • ½ ounce horseradish
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 dash Worcestershire
  • 2 dashes each salt and pepper
  • Celery stalk, lemon wheel, and herb sprig for garnish


  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the pilsner or highball glass with the lemon wedge.
  2. With the salt on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the salt to coat.
  3. In a prepared pilsner glass, add tomato juice, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and seasoning.
  4. Stir to mix.
  5. Add lager.
  6. Garnish with celery stalk, lemon wheel, and herb sprig.

Bloody Beer Variations

At the end of the day, a bloody beer is a lager with tomato juice and spices. This means that there are plenty of avenues to arrive at that tasty destination.

  • For a spicer take, use a bit more horseradish, but if spice just doesn't work well with you, you can skip the horseradish altogether.
  • Experiment with different lager styles, including a light lager, Mexican lager, lime lager, or even a pilsner.
  • Swap the salt and pepper for Italian seasoning, or use them in combination.
  • To spice things up, you can also add hot sauce. Choose whichever is your favorite, or keep it simple with a basic tabasco sauce.

Other Bloody Beer Garnishes

Like its cousin, the bloody Mary, your bloody beer garnish can be packed to the brim with garnish on garnish or just a single one.

  • Instead of a bloody Mary seasoning salt rim, use tajin for a spicier flavor, or dip the rim into a salt and pepper mix. You can also skip a rim entirely.
  • Pierce a few grape tomatoes onto a cocktail skewer.
  • Keep the garish light by using both lemon and lime wheels, balancing them on the rim, or stringing a few wedges together on a cocktail skewer.
  • Make your garnish a bit spicy by using banana peppers or pepperoncini.
  • Go with a protein garnish by adding bacon.

A Look at Beer and Bloody Mary Mix

The bloody beer cocktail, or a beer with bloody Mary mix, may seem quite unusual at first glance, but the tomato juice and lager (preferably a Mexican lager) pair quite well together. Since the cocktail is in the same family as the bloody Mary, it counts the Michelada as a tomato cocktail cousin. The lack of chili peppers in the bloody beer sets the two apart.

While it's pretty simple to construct a quick bloody Mary mix on the fly, you can quickly whip up a batch to keep on hand in the fridge for when you need it. Then again, make it even easier on yourself to craft a bloody beer by keeping a few bottles of lager and a tasty or bold bloody Mary mix on hand for an easy two-ingredient cocktail.

Bold Bloody Beer

The perfect cocktail for those who want to enjoy a bloody Mary riff that isn't as stiff as a bloody Mary, or who want to enjoy something with a bit of zest in the afternoon, a bloody beer is the perfect choice.

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Savory Bloody Beer Cocktail Recipe