Didn't mean to leave you out London.
The first will be the finest of the cocktails, using the criteria I posted in Irish's log.
The Bloody Mary
The absolutely classic recipe is
One shot Vodka
6 ounces canned tomato juice
2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1-2 shakes Worcestershire Sauce
1-2 shakes Tobasco Brand hot sauce
"rolled" and served over ice.
Note: Rolling is just pouring the liquid from one container to another, half assed gently, several times to mix it. You can also just stir. The issue is if you shake tomato juice you get foam.
That is serviceable, but I feel it is inferior to the following.
1.) 1 part Vodka
2.) 6 parts tomato juice
3.) 1 part lemon juice
4.) 1/2 teaspoon of horseradish
5.) Worcestershire sauce to taste (2-4 shakes)
6.) Hot sauce to taste (1-2 shakes for starters)
7.) dash of salt (if tomato juice is low sodium)
8.) dash or more of black pepper
Garnish with fresh any of the following: lemon, lime, green olive, pickled green been, caper berries, or celery.
1.) Vodka- This needs to be good, not great. Brotard's recommendation of Tito's is very, very solid and would be my choice for everything. The deal with vodka is that it is supposed to be filtered to be "tasteless, odorless, and colorless" or nearly so. The effect is that cheap vodka (plastic bottle) is horrid, but very quickly the point of diminishing returns hit. IF you don't have to make a show out of pouring it than mid range is more than fine.
2.) Tomato juice-Yes you could use fresh, but why? Canned is fine. Regular or low sodium is fine. I am also totally ok going off script and using V-8 or some brand of tomato based "vegetable juice" if that is all that is on hand. This recipe is very forgiving. The more sodium it has, just omit the salt later and careful with any sauces high in sodium.
3.) Lemon Juice-Yes, fresh squeezed lemon will bring out the acidic AND savory aspects of the tomato juice. No, I don't give a fuck. Go ahead and keep a jug of the reconstituted stuff on hand and drive on. Some folks prefer using lime juice, that is also good. You can even use Key Lime juice if you want. Just don't use any of the sweetened bar products.
4.) Horseradish-Yes, freshly grated is better. Fuck no, I don't use it either. Look, I don't make these when I am feeling terrific. I keep prepared horseradish (grated and packed in water) around because I like it on sandwiches/with meat and I just use a bit of that. Just do not use some kind of mayonnaise based horseradish "sauce".
5.)Worcestershire Sauce-This really should be Lee and Perrins. I have not found another brand that tastes nearly as good. I like a fairly high amount in my drinks, but if I am mixing for me I don't care if the drink is duller in color (as opposed to bright red). The guidelines assume you are mixing for another/haven't figured out exactly what you like. IF you have seafood allergies you can omit this and still enjoy the drink, just increase the salt and pepper.
6.) Hot Sauce-Bloody Mary's are forgiving. As opposed to the actual Bloody Mary. Who was kind of not. Anything from a very vinegar tasting Tobasco to Sriracha is fine. IF you use some kind of super hot death pepper sauce (Ghost pepper) than use less or blame yourself. The goal is to make it taste good and be drinkable though, this isn't a test of manhood. IF you purposely make these too hot to enjoy and still serve them than take a knee and punch yourself in the ear.
7.)Salt- What the fuck ever. IS sea salt better than iodenized salt? Yes. Does it have to be fancy? No. You may not even want it depending on taste and what juice you used.
8.)Pepper-Black pepper is fine. Fresh ground, or not. Whatever.
This recipe gets points for being very forgiving. In fact if you don't drink alcohol or are somewhere where it is prohibited it will still taste just fine, if a bit lacking.
Clamato instead of tomato juice makes it a Bloody Caesar. I don't prefer this, but some folks do.
IF you don't have lemon or lime juice of any kind, you can get away with Orange juice for the citrus, use less and double up on any vinegar based hot sauce. I don't recommend this, but it actually works better than leaving the citrus out.