Whether you’re hosting a brunch or nursing a hangover, the Bloody Mary is the quintessential cocktail for before-noon imbibing.
The basic Bloody Mary is made from tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, and Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces. From there, you can change it up to suit your tastes in innumerable ways.
Below, we’ve rounded up six of the best Bloody Mary concoctions from the food blog world.
The ultimate bloody Mary
Are you ready to wow your guests? Or add a meaty punch to your brunch beverage? Then check out Honestly Yum‘s ultimate Bloody Mary with bacon, crab, shrimp, spicy green beans, peppers and more. The garnish possibilities are endless with this one.
For an extra-special look and taste, use the recommended black lava salt for the rim of the glass. It adds visual appeal and a great balancing taste.
The perfect Bloody Mary
Our next Bloody Mary pick comes from Andrew Zimmern. He’s created a perfect Bloody Mary mix that’s tasty enough to stand alone without vodka. He recommends having an assortment of garnishes available so guests can build their own masterpieces.
Dill pickle bloody Mary
If you’re looking for a different take on the classic version, check out Delish‘s dill pickle Bloody Mary recipe. Lena freezes pickle juice into ice-cube trays and uses them as the ice cubes for the cocktail! They add yet another layer to the classic Bloody Mary mix of tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish and Tabasco.
Bloody Mary with shrimp
A bloody Mary fit for… well, a queen is up next. Jo-Lynne Shane’s ultimate Bloody Mary recipe combines the traditional with the atypical Old Bay seasoning. And to finish it off, she garnishes the cocktail with Old Bay-dusted shrimp. Divine!
If an aversion to vodka has kept you from trying a Bloody Mary, Powell and Mahoney have a recipe for you. Their Spicy Mary is made with gin rather than the traditional vodka and uses P&M’s Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix as its base. It’s sure to light your taste buds up after a long night.
Smoked bloody Mary with smoked bacon
The smoked Bloody Mary with smoked bacon from Vindulge pairs smoked bacon with smoked tomatoes to create something — you guessed it — smokey.
Although this drink has the most steps of all the recipes featured here, the finished flavor is worth every step. Naturally, don’t forget the smoked-salt-rimmed glass or smoked ice cubes. Too much smoke flavor is no such thing with this drink.