The ultimate hangover cocktail, a good Bloody Mary makes everything better. We’ve switched it up with tequila, pickled jalapeños, and an eye-opening dose of cayenne pepper.

What to buy: Buy whole pickled jalapeños from a well-stocked market or Latin grocery, or make your own.

  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (14)

  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 to 6 dashes hot sauce, such as Cholula
  • 1/2 teaspoon brine from pickled jalapeños
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Several twists of black pepper from the pepper mill
  • Generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of celery seeds
  • 1 whole pickled jalapeño, for garnishing
  • 1 celery stick, for garnishing


  1. Drop a handful of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, jalapeño brine, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, cayenne, and celery seeds. Shake until chilled, about 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a large Old Fashioned glass half-filled with ice cubes. Garnish with the pickled jalapeño and celery stick and serve.