The brunch staple and fave of fliers of the friendly skies (because tomato juice tastes better at 30,000 feet – and, dare we say, vodka, too?), we’ve never met a Bloody Mary we didn’t love. Whether they’re classic takes on or inventive interpretations of the universally beloved hangover cure, Bloody Marys are the ideal way to toast the weekend.
Argyle Steakhouse, Carlsbad, California
At the Argyle Steakhouse, located at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & manage-mixologist Anamaria Osborne stirs up The 25 Bloody Mary. “A unique blend of 25 ingredients perfectly balanced to revive your spirit and provide a little hair of the dog boost to rejuvenate the body” notes Osborne. Some of the ingredients include housemade Bloody Mary mix, olives, onions, celery, cucumbers, and, of course vodka. Make a reservation at Argyle Steakhouse.
Bar Lupo, Chicago, Illinois
Oh my spaghetti (and meatballs)! The Spaghetti and Meatball Bloody balances a meaty, spicy, citrusy tomato base with classic spaghetti and meatballs. The base mixes tomato juice with a secret blend of herbs and spices, giardiniera, and drippings from roasting the meatballs. A forkful of saucy spaghetti topped with a delicate meatball tops things off with crunchy celery, a fried mozzarella stick cheese curd, and a pickled pepperoncino. Of course, there is a beer sidecar to complete the set. Of course. Make a reservation at Bar Lupo.
Cosmos at Loews Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dear Cosmos – you had us at meat stick straw. This stunner of a brunch Bloody Mary is adorned with bacon, celery, a Fresno pepper, house pickles, a charcuterie skewer, shrimp cocktail, a meat stick straw (!), and a beer snit back (we’ll let you Google that if you’re not from the Midwest). Make a reservation at Cosmos at Loews Minneapolis Hotel.
Party Fowl, Nashville, Tennessee
The Brunch for Two at Nashville hot chicken joint Party Fowl from executive chef just might nourish more than even the most ravenous duo. The feast features a 55-ounce Bloody Mary topped with two Nashville-hot Cornish game hens, fried okra, avocado, Scotch eggs, and more. Make a reservation at Party Fowl.
Beatrix-Streeterville, Chicago, Illinois
This Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar has the ‘write’ stuff. Head over on the weekend, and your server will bring you a sheet of paper. Check off everything you want, and then bring it to bartender for them to build your base, from an array of options including amped up tomato juices, various liquors, and mix-ins, like kung pao Brussels sprouts, potato salad deviled eggs, pepper jack cubes, and more. Make a reservation at Beatrix-Streeterville.
Upland, Miami, Florida
We’re not much on DIY – except when it comes to doing it ourselves with these bottomless Bloody Mary’s. Upland Miami invites you to build your own of epic proportions. A carafe of Upland’s signature Bloody Mary mix and Wodka Vodka are presented alongside a pickle board featuring cornichons, heirloom tomatoes, housemade pickles, and jalapeños. Onward and Upland-ward. Make a reservation at Upland.
Sunda, Chicago, Illinois
Call this one brunch in a glass. The new Sumo Mary at Sunda is served in a hulking 32-ounce Mason jar and is adorned with strips of bacon, half a grilled cheese-and-tocino sandwich, a duck bao, braised pork belly, a crab sushi roll, a lumpia stick, several stalks of Chinese broccoli, pickled daikon radish, roasted potatoes, and shishito peppers. Make a reservation at Sunda.
The Ribbon, New York, New York
Who will not wear the ribbon? Okay, Seinfeld references aside, we’re not sure who will not drink The Ribbon’s famous Bloody Mary. Tabasco, Worcester sauce, pepper, celery salt, hot sauce, Old Bay seasoning, and horseradish macerate for a fortnight, at which point fat-washed bourbon with bacon is added to create a smoky, savory quality. Black peppercorns are infused in the tequila to accentuate the peppery flavor of some tequilas. Expect a dash of Clamato for another level of flavor, and choose from a garnish of bacon, shrimp, or pickled peppers. Make a reservation at The Ribbon.
Lolo’s Surf Cantina, Miami, Florida
Ave, Maria! Spice up your morning with the Bloody Maria made with El Jimador Silver tequila and Lolo’s special grandmother sauce. We could tell you what’s in the secret sauce, but…we won’t. It’s blended with a splash of salsa roja and tangy lime, and for the finishing touch, they put tajin and sal de gusano on the rim. Garnished with carnitas fluttua, cherry tomatoes, and a celery stick, it kicks brunch off on a high note. Make a reservation at Lolo’s Surf Cantina.
Tarallucci E Vino, New York, New York
The usual suspects are present – vodka? Check. Tomato juice? Check. But then things get really interesting with mustard and balsamic vinegar. Finished with unusually delicious additions of a grilled pineapple wedge, a carrot, and a housemade pickled pearl onion, the drink’s flourishes are always seasonal. Look for radishes and pickled strawberries in the coming months. Make a reservation at Tarallucci e Vino.
Borgne, New Orleans, Louisiana
Large format cocktails just got a lot larger. Like, a LOT. The Ultimate Bloody Mary at this seafood-focused NOLA standout is made for the ultimate brunchers, serving six to eight people and priced at $95. Cathead vodka, housemade Bloody Mary mix, and pickled vegetables will make you wish every day were a weekend day. Make a reservation at Borgne.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, Chicago, Illinois
Build your own bloody good Bloody Mary every weekend. The drink gets a Spanish accent with Uncle Dougie’s Torpedo Juice, Bloody Mary mix, or Gazpacho Andaluz. Coronate it with an array of garnishes like shrimp, date-glazed bacon, Gilda olives, pickles, jamón, and more. A buck scores you a beer back. Make a reservation at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba.
Boqueria, New York, New York
The Gilda Maria is a Spanish twist on this brunch staple. Sweet carrot juice, guindilla pepper, and sherry vinegar make it stand out from the crowd. Choose your spirit from gin, tequila, or vodka. We dare you not to destroy the garnish – a boqueron, guindilla pepper, and olive – as soon as your server sets it in front of you. Make a reservation at Boqueria.
Holeman and Finch Public House, Atlanta, Georgia
The original recipe for the signature Bloody Mary was created in chef Linton Hopkins’s kitchen with bright citrus, tangy Georgia tomatoes, and savory spices, after hundreds of attempts with wildly obscure ingredients. Chef Hopkins prides himself on utilizing local, fresh ingredients in all his creations, and this is no exception. Taste trumps flash in this bev. Served at the restaurant, the proprietary mix can also be purchased at Holeman and Finch Bottle Shop for bewitched imbibers. Make a reservation at Holeman and Finch Public House.
21 Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York
The Ugly Carrie isn’t named after Bizarro Carrie Bradshaw from SATC. It’s actually a nod to the restaurant’s dedication to minimizing food waste. This alterna Bloody Mary from bartender Garrett Jones takes “ugly carrot” juice and mixes it with turmeric, Crop Organic cucumber vodka, ancho reyes verde, and lemon juice. Make a reservation at 21 Greenpoint.
EPIC Steak, San Francisco, California
Looking for an epic Bloody Mary with an epic view? Right this way. Waterfront EPIC Steak serves the EPIC Bloody Mary! Made with V8, fresh horseradish, Siracha, Worcestershire, sugar, salt, Tabasco, and a blend of spices, including coriander, fennel seed and black pepper, the cocktail is topped off with a skewer of house-brined pearl onions, Castelvetrano olives, and charcuterie from Boccalone Salumeria in the San Francisco Ferry Building, such as Coppa and Mortadella. Make a reservation at EPIC Steak.
Grayson’s Social, Dallas, Texas
Hello, smoky goodness. The Smoked Bloody Mary at Grayson’s Social features a deep flavors because blackened redfish seasoning and also bacon vodka. But, the over-the-top toppings hold their own with liquid portion of this stunner. Crowned with celery, cucumber, blue cheese-stuffed olives, grape tomato, housemade pickled quail eggs, housemade beef jerky, and a lemon and lime wedge, it’s served in a hefty Chinese take-out container to contain all the yum. Make a reservation at Grayson’s Social.
Charlie Palmer Steak, New York, New York
You’re going to want to go with the bottomless brunch option here (although a la carte ordering is also available) because there is a trio of delicious drinks from which to choose. The classic, the Super Juice (which features carrot-tomato juice and ginger), Mary’s Envy, a mélange of roasted tomatillo-tomato juice garnished with chorizo and a queso fresco-stuffed piquillo pepper. Make a reservation at Charlie Palmer Steak.
NaiYaRa, Miami Beach, Florida
Mary Mary – why you buggin’? Not your typical red-colored Bloody Mary, this Thai-inspired cocktail served at NaiYaRa each Sunday is mixed with Espelon Silver, fresh yellow tomato, rice wine vinegar, cilantro, and lime. Garnished with a Thai bird chili, horseradish, and cucumber hamachi crudo, this drink is made to tantalize your tastebuds. Make a reservation at NaiYaRa.
Dirty French, New York, New York
Pitcher this! A Bloody Mary of epic proportions, meant for sharing (unless you’ve had a seriously tough weekend). This mix is enhanced with a healthy proportion of pickle brine and grapefruit juice which brighten things up perfectly. Each guest receives their own personal garnish of skewers of scrumptious blackened Cajun shrimp, pickled okra, and pickled pearl onions. And did we mention everyone gets their own raw Island Creek oyster? Oui, s’il vous plaît! Make a reservation at Dirty French.
Waterbar, San Francisco, California
A combination cocktail and appetizer, Waterbar serves a decadent Bloody Mary, garnishing the drink with Old Bay seasoning on the rim, two whole slices of bacon, a jumbo shrimp a quarter the size of the glass, and cucumber. It’s $24 per drink, but trust us, you won’t leave hungry. Make a reservation at Waterbar.
Del Campo, Washington, D.C.
The exotic Pantera at Victor Albisu’s South American grill Del Campo combines housemade applewood-smoked tomato juice, Pisco, fish stock, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and squid ink. To enhance the flavor and help thin out the squid ink, bar manager Amin Seddiq heats it in a pan with lemon juice. Emerging from the depths of this dark twist on the classic brunch cocktail is a grilled octopus tentacle. Sounds eerily delish, right? Make a reservation at Del Campo.
Siegel’s 1941, Las Vegas, Nevada
If you let them build it, they will come. The folks at Siegel’s 1941 put you in the driver’s seat with add-on ingredients including cocktail onions, jalapeno, Sriracha, bacon strips, blue cheese-stuffed olives, and pickled green beans. Not in the mood to DIY? Check out the Buffalo Mary, made with seasoned tomato juice, Frank’s red hot sauce, carrot, celery, blue cheese-stuffed olives — and two Buffalo wings. Make a reservation at Siegel’s 1941.
Grill at The St. Regis, San Francisco, California
First created in 1934 at the original St. Regis Hotel in New York, the Bloody Mary is an indelible part of the St. Regis experience. Befittingly, each St. Regis Hotel presents its own interpretation of the original recipe. At the San Francisco location, it comes in the form of The St. Regis Red Snapper, and it’s forged from Belvedere Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire, lemon, Tabasco, black pepper, Cayenne pepper, celery salt, and whole peppercorns. Make a reservation at Grill at The St. Regis.
Kingsley, New York, New York
For $14, you can have access to the boss Bloody Mary bar at Kingsley, but dare to be different with The Green Bloody is a housemade concoction of green tomato, green pepper, parsley, cilantro and a kick of jalapeno. Pile on a variety of pickles, lime, lemon, bacon, shrimp, and crispy, fried chicharrones. Vodka is delicious, but we think tequila tastes even better. Make a reservation at Kingsley.
Porto, Boston, Massachusetts
Porto’s blends its bright housemade mix with sumac and citrus juices with their own hot sauce to kick things up. But this is no ordinary hot sauce. It’s crafted from Fresno peppers that have been fermented for 45 days and a marinated olive oil brine infused with herbs, lemon oil, and garlic. Garnished with an oyster shell carrying a rotating selection of garnishes, including freshly grated horseradish, tomatoes, olives, and black sea salt, this drink boasts many layers of delicious flavors. Make a reservation at Porto.
Tanta, Chicago, Illinois
At Peruvian-inspired Tanta, the Bloody Mary created by beverage director-general manager Tomy Lokvicic gets a pisco twist. Additionally, the drink’s hangover-easing powers are upped with a dose of Tanta’s housemade leche de tigre, better known as the citrus-spiked liquid used in the restaurant’s signature cebiches, known throughout South America for killing the pain for last night’s indulgence. Plus, there’s a shot of heat from Peru’s aji rocoto, a spicy, habanero-like pepper. Make a reservation at Tanta.
Saxon + Parole, New York, New York
During weekends brunch at Saxon + Parole, the restaurant offers a DIY Bloody Mary bar curated by head bartenders Masa Urushido and Maxime Belfand. Grab a glass of housemade tomato-veggie juice (tomato, carrot, cucumber, red pepper, and celery) and then get yourself garnishing with everything from pickled beans and caperberries to fresh cherry tomatoes and bunches of basil. It’s a verdant way to start a weekend day. Make a reservation at Saxon + Parole.
Baltaire, Los Angeles, California
Seems like everybody’s got a secret these days. This classic-meets-contemporary steakhouse in the City of Angels makes their Blood Mary mix in house by broiling carrots, jalapeños, onions, celery, and tomato, which is all juiced and blended with fresh tomato, Worcestershire, horseradish — and their secret sauce. Tito’s Vodka is added before the drink is topped with Maytag blue cheese-stuffed olives, a basil leaf, celery, and a pearl onion. Make a reservation at Baltaire.
Madison, San Diego, California
This University Height’s hotspot is known for their standout cocktails, and their Bloody Mary is no exception. Elegantly and expertly blended by Milwaukee-based mixologist Dan Dufek with just the right proportions of house mix, vodka, lemon, olives, celery radish, and coarse peppers, this drink is a great match for the Cali-Med inspired, fun brunch items. Make a reservation at Madison.
Eden, Chicago Illinois
Yo! Check out this Asian twist on this beloved brunch staple. The Yokohoma is made with tomato, shochu, sake, wasabi, miso, ginger, and mirin – and, seriously, doesn’t that sound like all kinds of good for you – especially at just $10 a pop. Make a reservation at Eden.
The Pearl, Columbus, Ohio
You may be hurting, but clear your head long enough to choose from three different types of house-infused Russian Standard vodka. Whatever you pick, it’s mixed with housemade San Marzano tomato juice. The glass is rimmed with salt, pepper, spices. And, every Bloody Mary comes with a garnish of Spanish chorizo sausage, an olive, and a cornichon pickle. A Miller High Life grenade is a (spoiler alert) complimentary surprise. Make a reservation at The Pearl.
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, Orlando, Florida
They take their cocktails seriously at Spencer’s. Case in point is the Spencer’s Bloody Mary, which takes 48 hours to create. Sous vide intensifies the flavor, and the ingredients are strained over and over again through cheesecloth. The “Tomato Pepper Ice” continues to flavor the cocktail as it melts. Bacon and pickled okra top things off. Make a reservation at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops.
Belcampo Restaurant, Santa Monica, California
At Belcampo Santa Monica, bartender and mixologist Josh Goldman takes two days to craft his house Bloody Mary. He starts by making clarified tomato water, then infuses vodka with cooked and uncooked Belcampo bacon, porcini mushroom power, and cracked black pepper. Lemon juice, a celery ice cube, candied bacon and a lemon wedge bring it all together. Make a reservation at Belcampo Restaurant.
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Photo credits: Tara Thompson (Party Fowl); Alycia Rock (Bar Lupo); Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (The Pearl); Anjali Pinto (Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Beatrix); Matt Simpkins (Tarallucci e Vino); Maggie Marguerite Studio (Charlie Palmer Steak); Randy Schmidt (Argyle Steakhouse); Galdones Photography (Tanta); Lyudmila Zotova (Madison on Park); Alessandria Struebing (Holeman-Finch); Anthony Mair (Siegel’s 1941); @hot_on_a_dime (Kingsley); Aubrie Pick (EPIC); Ezra Pollard (21 Greenpoint).