Bloody Mary’s are arguably great for any time, but they are especially popular for brunch. It is a hangover savior and a great way to start any “Funday.” Every once in a while, you encounter someone who will say they don’t like Bloody Marys. Odds are, they just haven’t had the right one. Playing with different ingredients can make all the difference. Let’s explore a few great options that will turn anyone into a Bloody Mary fanatic.
The Bloody Maria is arguably Mary’s better, or at least more adventurous, half. Simply swap out the vodka for tequila and enjoy a flavorful result. We like to use extra lime and Mexican hot sauce in our Bloody Marias for an enhanced Mexican flair. Be sure to chill your tomato juice mix for at least an hour in the fridge before you’re ready to serve it if you can’t let it chill overnight. This allows the flavors to meld, and your finished product won’t need to use too much ice (which will dilute the flavor).
Best garnishes for the Bloody Maria:
● More lime (we can’t get enough!)
● Obligatory celery stalk (always a must)
● Jarred peppers of any kind
● Your favorite Mexican cheese
Extra Spicy Bloody Mary
Depending on who you ask, Bloody Marys were meant to be spicy. And the spicier, the better! Here are a few ways to kick up the heat in your Bloody Mary:
● Consider using spicy vodka as your base. We like Absolut Peppar; jalapeño vodka is a great base liquor, too.
● Add extra spicy prepared horseradish to your Bloody Mary mix.
● Add tabasco sauce or any of your favorite hot sauces.
● Consider a dash of cayenne pepper.
● Use pickled jalapeño as a garnish.
The Michelada is a hybrid between a Bloody Mary cocktail and beer cocktail, and we’re all about it this summer. A michelada is a “cerveza preparada,” or “prepared beer,” in Spanish). It’s pronounced “mi-chay-lah-da” (so you get it right when you’re hosting brunch).
Grab your favorite Mexican lager beer, lime juice, salsa juice or tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and some hot sauce, and you have what you need for this fun cocktail. Don’t forget to salt the rim with chili powder, old bay, and celery salt.
The Bloody Caesar is actually the national drink of Canada—and for good reason. It’s quite simple to make and has a distinct depth of flavor due to the combination of clam and tomato juice, dubbed clamato juice.
All you need to do is add all your ingredients (vodka, tabasco sauce, pickle juice lime, Worcestershire sauce—whatever you prefer) and then add the clamato juice on top. We like to top our Bloody Caesar with fresh cracked black pepper.
Whether you’re kicking off your vacation just nursing a summer hangover, there’s a Bloody Mary for you and all your boozy friends. You simply need to find what’s suited to your tastes with a bit of patience. We carry top-shelf liquors to make the perfect Bloody Mary, whether you’re going with a classic or trying one of these variations. Contact us today for more Bloody Mary ideas or stop by to grab your vodka (or tequila!).