Sara and Jimmy Allen perfected a delicious recipe for Bloody Mary Mix. For over four decades, their friends enjoyed the very best Bloody Mary made anywhere. Sara and Jimmy are no longer with us but their legacy lives on. Try their recipe and enjoy the fruit of their labour.



Sara stands next to one of her prize tomato plants.

The Recipe

1 Gallon Tomato Juice
3 tsp. Onion Juice
4 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
4 tsp. Tabasco Sauce
Juice of one lemon
4 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar
6 tsp. Salt
1 1/4 cups Sugar

Serve with lime wedge, celery stalk and fresh ground black pepper

(With all seasonings--Start with half or less and then add as the juice thickens. Tomatoes differ widely in sweetness and acid content.)


 Sara and Jimmy made their tomato juice right from the garden. They squeezed out a blend of Rutgers and Roma tomatoes. That part of the mystery will never be known. But remember this secret--all tomatoes differ in acid and sweetness. You will have to keep tasting the mixture while you are adding the flavorings. And if you like it spicy, just add more Tabasco.

Sara and Jimmy first heated their tomato juice to a boil in a large stockpot to reduce the water content. Then they added the magic flavorings. After the last taste test, they canned the mixture in quart-sized mason jars--just right for a tailgate party or Sunday brunch!

(Home Canning--Follow instructions in the Ball Canning Guide or other similar book if you are new to home canning.)

jimmy and sara
Sara and Jimmy
Down on the farm



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