Vodka 1 ½ oz
Tomato juice 3 oz
Lemon juice 2 dashes
Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp
Tabasco sauce few drops to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon slice or celery stalk garnish
Shake the liquid ingredients together along with a few large ice cubes. Strain into an old-fashioned glass, balloon wine glass, or highball glass. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and garnish with lemon slice or celery stalk. Add Worcestershire sauce if desired.
Variation: To make Bloody Maria substitute tequila for vodka. To make Danish Maria substitute aquavit for vodka. To make Red Snapper substitute gin for vodka. To make Virgin Mary omit the vodka.