What’s your favorite hangover remedy? For many, it’s the hair of the dog. So how about a Bloody Mary to wash those cobwebs away? Breakfast of champions, right?

American bartender Fernand “Pete” Petiot concocted the original Bloody Mary cocktail in the early 1920s while working at the famed Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Since then, people across the globe have been coming up with their own renditions of this classic libation.

To ring in the New Year, we’d like to share JT Meleck Distiller’s version of its Cajun Bloody Mary: The Louisiana Purchase. JT Meleck’s award-winning, grain-to-glass rice vodka brings perfection to the mix—followed by a kick of heat. The following recipe serves two (so there’s no reason to drink alone).


4 oz. JT Meleck vodka

1 cup tomato juice

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. lime juice

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. hot sauce

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt


Fill a pint glass with desired amount of ice, then add all ingredients and stir. To garnish, try olives, celery stalks, bacon, boiled shrimp, JT Meleck Crawfish, dill pickles, or lemon.