Chesapeake Bloody Mary

Happy Birthday to me! Today I turn 32, so I thought it would be appropriate to share a cocktail with you guys in celebration. Especially one that incorporates so many of the things I love!

I’d never been a fan of Bloody Marys for the most part. Probably because they’d always been made with pre-fabricated mixes that just aren’t very good to start with. But once I mixed my own at home, I understood how awesome they could be.

Simple ingredients – tomato juice, fresh lemon, vodka or gin. But the garnishes, that’s where you can go crazy and have fun! A celery stalk is essential, and also some sort of pickled vegetable – I went with dilly beans. But, where I really go overboard is by topping with a handful of jumbo lump crab meat.

Some might find it strange, but certainly not here on the Shore. The sweet crab meat sits perfectly perched on top of the savory Bloody Mary. It can be enjoyed before the cocktail, or let to steep in the tomato juice and absorb the delicious tomato flavor. With the addition of the crab, it’s really almost a meal as well.

This would be perfect for an evening (or morning!) in the hectic Holiday future – Christmas or New Years Eve, perhaps? Something decadent and really special to celebrate this special time of year. Totes worth the splurge on the crab meat!


  1. Posted December 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! It’s my birthday too…turned 35 (wah, wah). I LOVE bloody mary’s, drink them all the time! (Wow, that sounds kind of bad). Though I have never had it with jumbo lump crabmeat! Sounds decadent!

  2. Katie B
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 12:06 AM | Permalink

    Sounds perfect! Happy Birthday!

  3. Kim in MD
    Posted January 2, 2015 at 3:50 PM | Permalink

    Belated Happy Birthday Laura! This looks amazing!

  4. Posted February 13, 2018 at 4:52 PM | Permalink

    My favorite type of bloody mary! Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it out

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