Bloody Mara & Sonic Screwdriver: Doctor Who Cocktails

I’m finishing up the Doctor Who party with a couple of options for cocktails!  The first used to be my go-to drink on airplanes, the Bloody Mary.  I figured it was pretty much tomato soup meets salad, and so it was like a meal in a glass.  Unfortunately, most Bloody Mary mix involves Worcestershire made with anchovies.  However, this version uses vegetarian Worcestershire and is actually alcohol free.  (Feel free to add a shot or two of vodka if you prefer!)

While the tomato juice, celery seed, and lemon juice have you thinking Bloody Mary, pay special attention to the plastic snake slithering up Peter Davison’s signature celery stalk.  If you follow the original Doctor Who, you may have guessed this is a Bloody Mara instead.  (You can read all about Mara here.)  When the villainous Mara grabbed hold of someone’s psyche in her/his dreams, a snake would appear on the victim’s arm, and the person’s teeth would look like they’d recently nibbled on a disclosing tablet.  (Perhaps the dental hygienist happened to be visiting Manussa that day…)  Nibble on a few cornichons while you enjoy this spicy, salty drink, and of course, beware of any wind chimes…

The second drink is in tribute to the Doctor’s tool of all trades.  Put together Tonic + Screwdriver and what do you get?  That’s right.  A Sonic Screwdriver.  This drink is made with equal parts tonic and orange juice, but feel free to add a shot or two of vodka if you prefer.   (You can’t tell from the pictures, but the glasses used for the drinks are both Doctor Who themed and made from a fabulous artist on Etsy, Geeky Glassware).

Bloody Mara & Sonic Screwdriver: Doctor Who Cocktails

Serving Size: Each drink recipe serves 1

Bloody Mara & Sonic Screwdriver: Doctor Who Cocktails


    For Bloody Mara
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Dash celery seed
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid from jar of jalapenos
  • ¼ teaspoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Garnish: celery stalk, plastic snake, cornichon pickles
  • For Sonic Screwdriver
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup tonic water


    To make Bloody Mara
  1. In a tall glass, combine tomato juice, lemon juice, and celery seed. Muddle the celery seed a bit until it’s somewhat broken up.
  2. Add the liquid from the jar of jalapenos, vegetarian Worcestershire sauce, and a dash of hot sauce. (Add a shot or two of vodka, if you like!) Fully combine and add ice.
  3. Garnish with pickles and a tall celery stalk getting hugged by a plastic snake.
  4. To make Sonic Screwdriver
  5. Pour orange juice into tall glass with tonic water. Quickly stir with spoon, add ice, and serve. (Add a shot or two of vodka if you like!)

Sonic Screwdriver - Doctor Who cocktail

Now that you have a cocktails in hand, enjoy this stop motion animation/live action short my husband made a few years ago (back when he had sideburns).  Those Daleks…  You just can’t trust them anywhere…

Want to check out other theme party ideas?  You can see them all here!


  1. says

    Bloody Marys are one of my favorites!! In NOLA I used to get them with pickled okra, which is awesome, but maybe not quite as good as a plastic snake.

    • Cadry says

      Yes, they’re so good! This reminded me that I should make them more often. Pickled okra would be super tasty! Admittedly, it would probably be even more delicious than plastic snake. 😉

  2. says

    How much do I love this post? Let me count the ways! 1. Cocktails! 2. Doctor Who (and the first I remember too – Peter Davidson!) and 3. Themed knitwear!

    • Cadry says

      Yay! I’m glad you remember the episodes on which the first cocktail was based. With the percentage of people who remember that episode and then the percentage of those people who are reading vegan blogs, I thought odds could be low that anyone would even know what I was talking about! :)

      I’m glad you liked the themed knitwear. My husband was only too happy to pull it out for photo-taking and drink-sipping. He purchased the Davison sweater a few years ago, and he knitted the Tom Baker scarf himself. :)

  3. says

    I love both of these drinks — they’d be delicious with or without the shots. But be sure to use the new-fangled tonic water of the future — i.e. without high fructose corn syrup. I like Q, though it is a little pricey.

    • Cadry says

      Oh, yes, I never use high fructose corn syrup-filled tonic water. Like you mentioned, the real sugar variety can be pricey. In fact, the natural tonic water sold locally is SEVEN DOLLARS for four small bottles, which is just outrageous. Luckily, the generic Whole Foods brand, 365, sells a six pack for a very reasonable price, and it’s made with real sugar instead of HFCS. (I don’t remember what the cost is exactly but it’s just a couple of dollars.) Whenever I’m in a place with a Whole Foods, I pick up a 6-pack for these kind of cocktail emergencies. 😉

  4. says

    I’m in love with you for making these alcohol free. I don’t drink and don’t have a clue about mixing drinks, but I’m definitely serving these two beverages at my next party! So fun Cadry!

    • Cadry says

      That’s great, Somer! Both of these drinks are very tasty without any alcohol at all. Plus, the orange juice/tonic water one is a drink I can easily see a kid enjoying!

          • says

            She’ game for anything, and even better, she’s become a huge animal advocate. I had her read the children’s edition of the “Omnivores Dilemma” (really written for teens) it’s not a vegan book, but it helped her understand why meat and factory farming is just so wrong and teaches good food principles. She’s so on board. It’s lovely to spend time in the kitchen with her and have her be so enthusiastic. She wants to do a section on my blog called “Vedged Out Kids” so rad!

            • Cadry says

              Oh, I love that! It’s been my experience that when it comes to ethics, kids really get it. They don’t have the same defenses up around “tradition,” they are often animal lovers, and it just makes sense not to hurt others when you have another choice. I hope she does start writing on your blog! I would love to read her thoughts. There’s another blogger I follow, Vegan Linda, and all of her kids are vegan. One of her sons is especially into cooking and has a food blog of his own. I get excited to see kids who are cooking and making their own way in the world.

              • says

                You are so right! Don’t you wish we had been raised this way?!? Oh and thanks for that link! I would love to check her out. My daughter really wanted her own blog, but I’m a little uncomfortable with that, at least if she’s on mine I can moderate everything that’s going on. :)

  5. says

    Several years ago, when I could stomach hard alcohol, screwdrivers were one of my favorites. I’d never thought about making a non-alcohol version, but yours would be quite a treat for special occasions. :-)

    I love what dedicated Dr. Who fans you and David are. Chris and I are the same way, but about Arrested Development. This post makes me want to look for AD glassware. :-)

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