Vincent Price’s Zippy Bloody Mary – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Nov 1 2013 - 5:20am by RetroRuth

I hope everyone had a happy Halloween! Did Halloween sneak up on you guys? It did on me. It also seemed really short, so we are going to be celebrating Halloween all weekend here to make up for it. We have a stack of movies, frozen pizzas, and a boatload of candy.

And what better way to get a Halloween weekend started than a cocktail from the master of creepy, Vincent Price.


This is Vincent Price’s Zippy Bloody Mary!

Vincent Price's Zippy Bloody Mary
  • 3 oz icy tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 jigger vodka
  1. Combine and serve.


This recipe came a long with the recipe that was chosen for us for the Vincent Price Halloween Cookalong (which is going to be this Monday) and is from an advertisement that Vincent Price did for Angostura aromatic bitters in 1972. I would love to show you the advertisement right now, but we have to keep it under wraps until Monday, so you just get the recipe.

And yes, that DOES mean that the dish we are going to make has bitters in it!



“What’s in this? Just tomato juice and bitters?”

“Pretty much. And vodka.”

“Huh. This is surprisingly good.”

The Verdict: Good

From The Tasting Notes:

Basically just a quick and dirty bloody mary. Or, a lazy man’s bloody mary, whichever you prefer. Very tomato-y with a bit of a kick at the end. With the addition of a pickle, it would be very good.

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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Susan November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Thought you might like this little video that combines your interest (Vincent Price) with something that will probably interest your kid (in time):

  2. Dan November 1, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I like how the bowling ball and pins on the glass mirror a skull and crossbones. Perfect!

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