After all the sparkling champagne and spirited martinis that were raised to welcome the New Year in, a soothing Bloody Mary cocktail can be a comforting touch of calm. But the question is which variation of this classic drink is best, especially with oysters, that oh-so-good good luck New Year's food?

Consider the Seaman's Blood which hails from San Francisco complete with clam juice and enough horseradish to keep any chef's boat afloat or the Green Flash, a cocktail of unusual color but also unforgettable flavor.

Both are perfect with oysters, fresh on the half shell or fried - especially if the oysters are Taylor's oysters fresh from the sea and a favorite of discerning chefs.

Seaman's Blood


  • 1-1/2 ounces horseradish vodka
  • 3 ounces Clamato-Water Mix
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco
  • Pickled cherry tomatoes
  • Mustard Powder
  • Old Bay seasoning

Horseradish Vodka

  • 4 ounces horseradish, shaved with a microplane
  • 1 bottle vodka
  • White peppercorns

Clamato-Water Mix

  • Tomatoes
  • Clamato
  • Malt vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the ingredients for the horseradish vodka in a gallon-size container. 
  2. Allow to steep for 48 hours, then remove horseradish and peppercorns.
  3. For the Clamato-Water Mix, first blanch the tomatoes and peel. 
  4. Quarter the tomatoes and place in a food processor. 
  5. Add a small amount of water and blend. 
  6. Strain out any solids. 
  7. To the remaining liquids, add half the amount of Clamato (in relation to the tomato water). 
  8. Add a spoonful of malt vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper each, or to taste. 
  9. Blend thoroughly.
  10. Mix the ingredients of the Fisherman's Blood in a mixing glass. 
  11. Add ice and shake gently. 
  12. Rim a specialty/tulip glass with mixture of salt, pepper, mustard powder and Old Bay.
  13. Pour drink into tulip glass. 
  14. Garnish with a pickled cherry tomato.

The Green Flash


  • 1-1/2 ounces Cucumber Vodka
  • 5 ounces Green Bloody Mary Mix

Green Bloody Mary Mix

  • 1 gallon green vegetable juice
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 1 cup horseradish
  • 1/2 cup celery salt
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Natural green food coloring as needed (to make it visually very green)


  1. Mix up a large batch of the Green Bloody Mary MIx.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the Green Flash in a mixing glass. 
  3. Add ice and shake lightly. 
  4. Transfer to a highball glass and garnish with a medley of colorful vegetable sticks, i.e. celery, carrots, bell peppers, etc.