Miso Mary Libertine

An ode to Japanese ingredients, this Bloody Mary gets a satiating and savory punch from shiro dashi and white miso.

Miso Mary Libertine

Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Total Time:
10 mins
1 serving
1 cocktail

This deep red drink is a vibrant take on a Bloody Mary, and highlights a wide variety of Japanese pantry staples. Packing an ultra-savory punch and garnished with a crisp, thin sheet of nori, think of this as an appetizer and a drink in one glass. Reach for a mezcal instead of vodka to make this drink adds surprisingly welcome smoky notes, while the miso paste adds an underlying umami profile to this classically savory cocktail.

You'll need a few Japanese pantry staples to properly make this drink, all of which are sure to prove versatile for making other recipes. Shiro dashi, shichimi togarashi, kombu powder, wasabi powder, and white miso paste can be found at most Asian markets or online at japanesetaste.com. Chinese black vinegar can be found at most Asian markets or online at bokksumarket.com.


Miso Mary Mix

  • 3/4 cup shiro dashi 

  • 3/4 cup Chinese black vinegar

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon shichimi togarashi

  • 1/4 cup white miso

  • 1 tablespoon sriracha

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kombu bouillon powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon kona wasabi powder

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup tomato juice

  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) vodka or mezcal (such as Tito’s Handmade Vodka or Encantado Mezcal Artesanal)

  • Nori (dried seaweed) sheet, for garnish


 Make the miso Mary mix:

  1. Process shiro dashi, vinegar, togarashi, miso, sriracha, kombu powder, and wasabi powder in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a resealable container, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the cocktail:

  1. Combine tomato juice, vodka or mezcal, and 3 tablespoons miso Mary mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover with lid, and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Place a large, long ice cube in a highball glass. Strain cocktail over ice, and garnish with a nori sheet. Serve immediately.

To Make Ahead

Miso Mary mix can be stored in a resealable container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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