Shrimp cocktails

Go beyond traditional cocktail sauce by including a little “sauce” and local shrimp in your next beverage. For this shrimp issue, we gathered three alternative shrimp cocktail recipes made with vodka and shrimp, not just ketchup and horseradish.

Drunken shrimp cocktail

Like a shrimp cocktail but way more fun. And arguably tastier.


1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups tomato juice

6 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon horseradish

2 teaspoons hot sauce

Juice of 1/2 of a lemon

Slice of lemon, for rimming

1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning

DIRECTIONS [1] Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place shrimp on a baking sheet and toss with oil. Season with salt and pepper and bake until pink and cooked through, 8-10 minutes. [2] In a small pitcher, combine tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce and lemon juice. Stir to combine. [3] Wet six shot glass rims with a slice of lemon and dip in Old Bay. Fill with cocktail mixture and garnish with shrimp and parsley (optional).

Tito’s Bloody Mary

A classic brunch cocktail with a shrimp garnish, this variation packs some heat. If your guests start sweating, definitely do not apologize.


1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka

4 ounces Bloody Mary mix:

4 ounces tomato juice

Boiled shrimp

1 dash hot sauce Horseradish, to taste

Squeeze fresh lime juice

Fresh cracked black pepper

1 dash Worcestershire sauce

DIRECTIONS [1] Just add Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bloody Mary mix and ice to a glass. [2] Stir and add boiled shrimp as your garnish. Optional additions: Celery stalks, olives, dill pickles, pickled green beans, lemon, parsley, bacon, cheese cubes, etc.

Tito’s Chelada

Have your cocktail and eat it, too. A little bubbly, a little spicy, and best served with a grilled shrimp garnish. Who needs brunch when you’ve got a Tito’s Chelada?


1 ounce Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Grilled shrimp

5 ounces Mexican beer

1/2 ounce ancho chili liqueur

3 ounces Clamato juice

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/4 ounce pepper sauce

1 dash Worcestershire sauce

Old Bay seasoning

DIRECTIONS [1] Add all ingredients to a mug with ice and a chili-lime-salt rim. [2] Top with Mexican beer. [3] Garnish with grilled shrimp, Old Bay seasoning and a celery stalk.

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