Ancho-Spiced Bloody Mary


As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I was inspired to make an ancho chile pepper infused vodka, by the discovery of Ancho Reyes, an ancho chile liqueur. I wasn’t inspired to make a chile pepper liqueur, but a vodka, on the other hand, was really intriguing to me.

I proceeded to make the ancho, chipotle, and coffee flavored vodka, and waited one week. It was finally time for the unveiling.


The vodka has a beautiful reddish-brown color to it, and had a nice chile pepper aroma. I decided to keep things simple, and just mix this home-made vodka with a bloody Mary mix I enjoy, which is called Zing Zang.

So here’s what I did:

Ancho-Spiced Bloody Mary
To make 1 drink

Lime and Salt for the rim, if you like your bloody Marys salted
2-4 ounces of the vodka, strained
Your favorite bloody Mary mix
Spear of jicama, optional
Garlic-stuffed olives, optional

Run a slice of lime over the rim of the glass. Sprinkle some salt in a small plate, and dip the top of the glass into the salt.


Then add your preferred amount of the ancho-infused vodka.


Fill up the rest of the glass with the chilled bloody Mary mix. Actually, if you prefer, you can include ice before you begin making the drink.


For fun, I added a spear of jicama.


As well as a few jalapeno slices and garlic-stuffed olives.

verdict: This was a surprisingly successful vodka experiment! The bloody Mary was fabulous. The next time I might add two more chipotle peppers, and definitely include coffee beans. Unfortunately, I can’t think of any other drink that this vodka would be good in, but perhaps some of you have some suggestions?

35 thoughts on “Ancho-Spiced Bloody Mary

  1. Hi Mimi. New to your site and I am glad I found you! I love infusing vodka and all sorts of drinks but this is a new one on me! Very creative. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  2. Sorry, sent the comment with a clumsy finger on the IPad screen. I hadn’t finished saying I usually season the tomato juice with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco, would the flavour profile be similar? Was there any heat in the vodka? I’m intrigued to try this, even just to make spectacular bloody Marys

    • I like it the same way, but this mix really covers all of these flavors, including the spiciness from Tabasco. The difference in this vodka is that it wasn’t hot, per se, but just more flavorful with the ancho, coffee, and chipotle flavors. A good question.

  3. OMG now we’re talking. Love the jicama touch. I also love spicy cocktails. The more heat and jalapenos the better. Olives too…this is SO my kind of drink!

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