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It really isn’t brunch if there isn’t a good cocktail. Our brunch cocktail of choice is a Bloody Mary or in this case, a Spicy Red Snapper which is a Bloody Mary but made with gin instead of vodka. Unfortunately, mixes can contain extra additives and preservatives. And honestly, making a Red Snapper without the mix is just as easy and tastes better.
Side note: a gin Bloody Mary is technically a Red Snapper but if you go into a bar or restaurant and order a red snapper you might not get what you were wanting. So just ask for a Bloody Mary with gin.
Key Ingredients and Substitutions
Red Snappers and Bloody Marys are simple to make with just a few key ingredients so there is no reason to ever buy a mix again.
The full ingredient list and measurements are listed in the printable recipe below.
- Tomato Juice: The base of a good Red Snapper is tomato juice so don’t skimp. Our preferred brands for juice, including tomato juice, contain 100% juice and are not from concentrate. We usually opt for Lakewood Organic but there are other great options.
- Gin (or Vodka): Just like the tomato juice don’t skimp on cheap gin (or vodka). Our current favorites are St. Laurent Gin which is distilled in Quebec and Fords Gin which is distilled in London. Both can be found in many liquor stores in the US and other countries. If you prefer Vodka, you can’t go wrong with Tito’s.
- Spices and other Ingredients: There are only 5 additional ingredients that you will need for this recipe – hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper, and lemon juice. We have included measurements in the recipe but you can increase or decrease the hot sauce based on your preference of heat.
- Garnish: There are limitless options for garnishes. You can go crazy (think skewers of meat and cheese) or keep it simple. We prefer to keep things simple and use garnishes like cocktail onions, pickled okra, olives, and a lemon wedge.
How to Make a Spicy Red Snapper
Here are the quick step-by-step instructions with visuals; you can find the full instructions with the exact ingredients in the recipe card below.
Pro-tip: Splurge on the gin and juice. The tomato juice and gin/vodka are what are going to make or break your cocktail so go with the best you can find and afford.
1. Spicy Red Snapper: Place white and black sesame seeds on a small plate. Rub the juicy side of a lemon wedge along the lip of a cocktail glass, place the rim of the glass into the white and black sesame seeds, and fill the glass with ice. Add tomato juice, gin, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and black pepper to a cocktail mixing glass along with ice. Stir gently then strain into prepared glasses. Garnish with cocktail onions, olives, and pickled okra.
Recipe Tips and Notes
- We used a cocktail mixing glass to make 2 cocktails at a time. Stirring the Red Snapper with ice prior to pouring will give you a nice cold cocktail.
Frequently Asked Questions
Store any leftover mix (minus the gin or vodka) in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. When you are ready for another drink just mix with gin or vodka, serve over ice, and garnish.
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Other Recipes to Try
Red Snappers and Bloody Marys go great with brunch, we recommend checking out some of these options:
Spicy Red Snapper (Bloody Mary with Gin)
- Cocktail Mixing Glass
Bloody Mary Cocktail
- 8 ounces tomato juice
- 4 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 3 dashes hot sauce
- 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 4 pinches celery salt
- 2 cranks black pepper
- white and black sesame seeds
- cocktail onions
- green olives
- pickled okra
- lemon wedge
- Place white and black sesame seeds on a small plate.
- Rub the juicy side of a lemon wedge along the lip of a cocktail glass, place the rim of the glass into the white and black sesame seeds, and fill the glass with ice.
- Add tomato juice, gin, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and black pepper to a cocktail mixing glass along with ice. Stir gently then strain into prepared glasses.
- Garnish with cocktail onions, olives, and pickled okra.