The Bloody Mary is the quintessential American brunch drink and time-honored hangover remedy. These days, it’s not so much the accompaniment to the midday weekend meal as the source of one, as the drinks are increasingly garnished with an entire brunch buffet’s worth of food. As many Marys have gone overboard with toppings, though, others have distinguished themselves with unexpected liquors and unusual ingredients. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.
Anvil Pub, Dallas
The restaurant calls it “F* Brunch,” but the garnishes on the Anvil Pub’s 32 oz. (950ml) Bloody Mary say just the opposite—you’re presented with an entire meal’s worth of food, including a bacon cheeseburger slider, shrimp, an onion ring, and plenty of other nibbles. You even get a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer on the side…just in case you need even more booze to get your day going.
You can’t talk about about Bloody Marys without mentioning the King Cole Bar in New York’s St. Regis hotel. It’s where the drink—then called the Red Snapper—was introduced to the United States in 1934. The recipe hasn’t changed much over the decades, with vodka, rich tomato, and a kick of cayenne pepper.
Six ounces of Dixie Pepper vodka go into the 32 oz. (950ml) Bloody Mary at The Nook on Piedmont Park, topped with pepperoncinis, jalapeños, tater tots, steak, a slice of toast, and a hard-boiled egg. You even get a beef straw to drink it with.
A Bloody Mary at Rock & Reilly's | Courtesy Rock & Reilly's
Rock & Reilly’s, Los Angeles
The “Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar” at Rock & Reilly’s provides near-infinite options for creating your own drink. You can choose between eight sauces, from Tapatio to Cholula, and four types of stuffed olives, not to mention the array of possibilities for mixes, spices, and ingredients. Topping options include spicy candied bacon and a beef slider.
A Bloody Mary at Rock & Reilly’s | Courtesy Rock & Reilly’s
Sassafras American Eatery, Denver
Twelve types of Bloody Marys are on offer at Sassafras American Eatery, from the Garden Mary (garlic and dill vodka, red tomatoes, celery, parsley, paprika, fresh garlic) to the Queen Mary (pickled pepper vodka, green tomatoes, pineapple, green peppers, piquante verde). You can even get a sampler of sips, with four 5-oz. (150ml) mini-Marys of your choice.