My Bloody Mary Valentine

by Pamela

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The Perfect Bloody Mary, the Best Bloody Mary, the Ultimate Bloody Mary.  What do these all have in common?  They’re all variations on a classic cocktail: the Bloody Mary.  What gives one one designation versus another?  Why, who makes it of course.

The Bloody Mary drink…errr cocktail, like many of the classic cocktails has a storied past.  But who you ask will determine the origins of the drink that you’ll be told.

Fernand Petiot, was an American bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, and is credited as the creator of the first Bloody Mary back in the 1920’s.  If the name of the bar sounds familiar, it’s because this bar not only attracted some worldly glitterati, but was also the birthplace of many of the classic drinks that have been making a huge comeback as of late: the Sidecar, the French 75 and the Monkey Gland.  Fernand’s original Bloody Mary drink was equal parts tomato juice and vodka.  The name, Bloody Mary, was suggested by a customer who stated the the drink reminded him of a place in Chicago called the Bucket of Blood and a girl from the club named Mary.

In 1934, Fernand Petiot shifted continents and relocated to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, and of course brought his Bloody Mary recipe with him.

New Yorkers who frequented the King Cole Bar were less than impressed with bland tomato juice and vodka bomb that was so popular in Paris.  They thought it needed some serious improvement, by way of (to use a more modern catch phrase) kicking it up a notch.  To please his spicy loving patrons, Petiot added cayenne and black peppers, Worcestershire sauce, lemon and a dash of Tabasco sauce.  The verdict is still out on when the horseradish was added, as well as the ubiquitous celery stick found in most glasses of the classic cocktail.


I’m here to throw another curve ball into the world of classic cocktails and turn the best Bloody Mary into the best Bloody Mary jello shot recipe for Valentine’s Day.  How could I resist the combination of spicy red liquid, red hearts and a spicy holiday?

One of the coolest things about this jello shot recipe is the fact that you can turn your favorite Bloody Mary recipe into these cute heart shaped classic cocktails very easily.  I’ll give you my Bloody Mary recipe, but feel free to use your favorite combination.  The only thing you need to remember is the ratio of Knox gelatin to liquid, and that ratio is 1 packet of gelatin to 1 cup of liquid.

Relationship Advice

I realize that it’s not Valentine’s Day just yet, but since it falls on Monday I thought you might be planning something special for the weekend.  Like I said earlier in the week, this has not been the best week for me.  My relationship advice for you today is really straight forward and simple.  You don’t have to perform over the top gestures (like sky writing to proclaim your love), buy expensive items or create the ultimate dinner for your loved one(s).  Just look them in the eyes and tell them how you feel about them.  If you really want to give them something, write them a heartfelt note.


Bloody Mary Jello Shots Recipe

Makes 12 hearts (depending on size of cookie cutter)


  • 2 Packets of Knox Gelatin
  • 1/2 Cup Vodka
  • 1 1/2 Cups Tomato Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Horseradish (grated horseradish root)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco  Sauce (to taste)
  • 1 Celery Stalk (cut into thin strips)


Pour vodka and 1/2 cup tomato juice into a container (that will hold 3 cups of liquid) and sprinkle gelatin on top.  Let sit for 5 minutes.

Heat 1 cup of tomato juice to just before boiling.

Pour hot tomato juice into container with vodka, tomato juice and gelatin.  Stir until gelatin is melted.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Line a 7″ x 10″ pan with plastic wrap and pour liquid into pan and chill for at least 3 hours.

If cut up celery isn’t stiff, put pieces into a bowl of ice water until it stiffens up.

Remove chilled Bloody Mary gelatin from refrigerator.

Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter.

Carefully slide the celery sticks diagonally through the gelatin hearts.

Serve immediately or put into a sealed container and refrigerate.


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Scarlet June 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm

An article lead me to look up aspic, which lead me to want to make these as Jell-O shots. I’ll probably skimp on presentation and just suspend little bits of celery in the jello in shot cups. Hurray experimentation

Pamela July 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

Scarlet…the celery bits sound good too. You could also pour them into silicon ice cube trays…saves on cutting out the shapes (I would still lightly coat the molds with a bit of canola oil to ensure that they’ll slide out).

Kim February 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Me likey – very creative!

Hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 13, 2011 at 5:55 am

What a creative idea, I love the celery as the arrow through the jello heart! I never knew the history of this classic drink, thanks. Now I want to know what a “Monkey Gland” is!

Chef Dennis February 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Blood Mary jello shots!! now that is pure genius! what a beautiful presentation too!!
set up the shots, I’m buying!

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks February 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

You are so creative. I’ll be sharing this one with a girlfriend who is a jello shot junkie.

And, your advice today is spot on. But I’d also like to add that saying and showing someone how much they mean to you should not be limited to “holidays.” It’s the other days that really count.

Lora @ cakeduchess February 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

This is so cool and creative. I love Bloody Mary’s. I would have a few of these shots I’m afraid.:)

Pamela February 12, 2011 at 1:57 am

It’s real easy to have a bunch of these. But remember…there is booze in there. Before you know it, you’ll be drunk. 😉

Lana February 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I guess we’ll need to scour the stores for the hearts mold:) I make a mean Bloody Mary (I guess years of bartending pay off:), but I have never even thought of doing it in this form.
They are beyond cute.
I am making XO chocolate cookies for my daughter’s Valnetine Day party, and that’s enough from me:) But I expect a poem form my talented husband:)
Have a great weekend!

Pamela February 12, 2011 at 1:57 am

Lana, all you need is a cookie cutter.

Joyce Pinson February 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Oh-Oh-Oh! Would it be “wrong” to serve these at brunch with cheesy grits and a big ol’ farmhouse quiche? Oh, I dream of getting in the garden so we have lots and lots of homegrown ‘maters. You make me long for summer!

Pamela February 12, 2011 at 1:59 am

I think these would be PERFECT with that menu! You could really kick up the spice in there too, since they’d be served with that creamy food. Hey, do I get an invite? I love cheese grits.

SinoSoul February 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Also, for Valentine lovers, may I suggest NOT watching Blue Valentine after consuming above jello shots. What a depressing film.

Pamela February 12, 2011 at 1:59 am

Would the booze in these help perk it up a bit, or is it that sad?

Bunkycooks February 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Jello shots…I must say it has been awhile! I love this Valentine’s version! 🙂

Pamela February 12, 2011 at 2:00 am

Let’s just call these an adult jello shot. 😉

mycookinghut February 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

This is so pretty and creative!

Radhika February 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

So cool! I will definitely be making them!

Belinda @zomppa February 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Those jello shots are so adorable, they are quite dangerous! =)

EATnLISTEN February 11, 2011 at 9:07 am

These are the coolest jello shots I’ve ever seen!

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