• We’ve given this time-honoured cocktail some fun twists with a bold Sriracha kick and by replacing the traditional celery and Worcester sauce with fennel and balsamic vinegar

    Recipe and styling by Nomvuselelo Mncube

    Bloody Mary

    Serves: 4
    Total Time: 15 mins


    • handful ice cubes
    • 120ml vodka
    • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • large pinch smoked paprika
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
    • 1L (4 cups) tomato juice
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • sticks of 1 baby fennel stalk, to garnish
    • handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
    • lime wedges, to garnish



    Fill 4 tall glass tumblers with the ice cubes. Set aside.


    Combine the vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, paprika, lemon zest, balsamic vinegar, Sriracha sauce, tomato juice and seasoning together in a large bowl. Stir until well combined. Divide the mixture among the 4 glasses.


    Garnish each glass with the fennel sticks, parsley and lime wedges. Serve immediately.


    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com