{What’s Cookin’} Things We Love – Books & Bloody Marys

Bloody Mary Recipe

Last week, in response to this post, you asked us if we had a recommendation for a great Bloody Mary recipe. And because we love you and we love cocktails that are socially acceptable to drink before noon, we did a little research on your behalf. Turns out, we found the recipe for the tastiest Bloody Mary around in one of our favorite coffee table books, Kate Spade’s Things We Love.

The book includes this delicious source of vodka vegetables from New York City’s Mermaid Inn, plus hundreds of other pages that any reasonable person would enjoy diving into and living in for a few days.

Kate Spade Things We Love

Want to try one of these charming cocktails for yourself? We thought so. Here’s the Mermaid Inn recipe (with our substitutions noted):

  • 2oz vodka (Mommy likes Grey Goose)
  • 4oz tomato juice
  • 2t worcestershire sauce
  • 2t horseradish
  • 1/4t Old Bay seasoning
  • pinch fresh, ground black pepper
  • 4t dijon mustard
  • 4 shakes tabasco
  • 1 squeeze lemon
  • 1 squeeze lime
  • 1 boiled cocktail shrimp (substituted olives and celery)
  • 1 cocktail pickle
  1. Mix together all ingredients except vodka and garnishes.
  2. Rim a glass with lemon and old bay
  3. Add 2 oz vodka over ice and fill with Bloody Mary mix
  4. Garnish with skewered pickle, shrimp, olives, celery, lemon and lime wedges, go crazy.

Makes 1 cocktail, so double, triple or quadruple the recipe as needed. We won’t judge you.


mk & Gwynnie


  1. I have been coveting that Kate Spade book for months now :) Thank you for sharing this recipe Meredith! Have a happy tuesday!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      It’s a must read! We find something new to love every time we flip through! Hope you had a great long weekend!

      mk & G

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe! It’s supposed to snow almost 10 inches where I live so I’m stuck inside. Otherwise, I would run out and buy all the ingredients!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Hopefully you’ve had a chance to pick up those ingredients and make yourself a cocktail by now! Hope you’re staying warm!

      mk & G

  3. This is a lovely recipe, and a yummy photograph to go with it! I’ll be picking up this book for sure. My Bloody Mary book has 45 recipes, and I was beginning to think I’d seen it all, but I’ve never had a Bloody with Dijon mustard. Genius!

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