Big on Brunch Recipe: Watermelon Bloody Mary

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Building out a full menu to please your brunch guests with simple, tasty recipes can help create a fun, flavorful atmosphere when it’s time for a morning bite.

By making a variety of dishes to accommodate an array of personal tastes, you can give friends and family the flavors they desire. With choices like Apple Strudel Pancakes and Mini Hash Brown Casseroles, you can fulfill a multitude of food groups from grains and fruits to dairy and meat. Allow the adults at your gathering to top off the meal with a spicy take on this Watermelon Bloody Mary, featuring simple preparation and a handful of garnish options. Find more brunch recipes at

Sipping on Sweet and Spicy

Take your brunch the extra mile with a twist on the traditional mid-morning beverage. By adding jalapeno and horseradish to this Watermelon Bloody Mary, you’ll have a spicy, tasty version of a traditional brunch drink ready for your guests. 

With watermelon balancing out the jalapeño, it’s an ideal balance of spicy and sweet with just the right amount of kick. Find more brunch recipes at

Watermelon Bloody Mary

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board
Yield: 4 cocktails

2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
1 medium jalapeño pepper, stem removed, chopped
2limes, juice only
6 ounces low-sodium tomato juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon horseradish
hot sauce, to taste
¹⁄³ cup vodka
lime wedges
chili lime salt
4 bamboo skewers (6 inches long)
watermelon wedges (optional)
prosciutto (optional)
cucumber slices (optional)
jalapeño slices (optional)
green olives (optional)

In blender, blend watermelon cubes and jalapeño pepper until completely smooth. Pour mixture through fine sieve set over pitcher.

Add lime juice, salt, pepper, fish sauce, horseradish and hot sauce, to taste, to pitcher; stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add vodka and stir.

Line rims of four glasses with lime juice from lime wedges; dip in chili lime salt poured on plate. Carefully put ice in each glass and divide Watermelon Bloody Mary mixture evenly.

Add garnishes, as desired, by skewering watermelon wedges, prosciutto, cucumber, jalapeño and green olives. Place garnishes in glasses and serve.

More brunch recipes: Apple Strudel Pancakes  |  Mini Hash Brown Casseroles

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