Mainstream Round-Up - Bloody Mary Edition

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 | click here to comment

The other day I had this craving out of nowhere for a Bloody Mary. I'm not a big fan of Bloody Mary's and almost never drink them, but the craving was intense so I said hell why not and sent the hubby to the store to round up the ingredients to make them.  As I started mixing the drinks I read the back of the labels of everything I added in just out of curiosity and I was astounded at how many common place products are now being labeled as gluten free. 

It's like a revolution is taking place on supermarket shelves.  Big brands are waking up to the fact that gluten free is where it's at and they are touting their naturally gluten free products proudly - score one for celiacs! Ketchup obviously does not belong in a Bloody Mary, but I added it in here because I pulled it out of my fridge to verify it's status and was surprised to see that it's labeled gluten free too!  All of these products can be found in any grocery store, which is huge in my book.  I plan on pulling together more of these lists soon.  It's like a scavenger hunt for me and I can't wait to find out what other every day products are out there with gf labels on them!

Mainstream Round-Up - Bloody Mary Edition

  • Gold's Horseradish - Gluten Free
  • V8 Spicy Hot Vegetable Juice - Gluten Free
  • Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce - Gluten Free


  • Heinz Ketchup (the best in my book) - Gluten Free

Dale Degroff's Bloody Mary Recipe

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 2 Dashes Worcestershire
  • 4 Dashes Tabasco
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 oz. Tomato Juice (I used V8)

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass and roll back and forth to mix. Strain into an iced goblet. Garnish with wedge of lemon and lime on a side plate. Dash of celery salt is a nice touch and New Yorkers traditionally add horseradish. Bloody Marys offer rich ground for improvisation both in garnish and ingredients. Have fun.


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