8 Ways To Spruce Up That Boring Bloody Mary

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By Cooking Panda

Step away from that store-bought Bloody Mary mix! You deserve so much better.

Whether you partied a little too hard last night and crave some hair of the dog or you just want an exciting way to turn up at brunch, consider taking the classic Bloody Mary and changing around the flavors in some new and exciting ways.

Life is too short for crappy cocktails!                                                                                                   

1. Shochu Bloody Mary With Wasabi and Pickled Ginger

Nutty. Smooth. Dry. Peppery. Salty. Acidic. Is that how you’re feeling right now? We can fix that. Make yourself this subtle but dynamic cocktail and we bet you’ll perk right up.

2. Queen City Bloody Mary

Sweet, spicy, sour and salty, this cocktail has it all. You’ll be amazed at what a little cocoa and chili powder can do when they’re paired with cloves, cinnamon and your standard savory Bloody Mary flavors.

3. Mezcal Mary With Roasted Jalapeno and Bacon

Smoky Mexican liquor, with deep, fruity jalapeno spiciness and savory, fatty crispy bacon all harmonize in the most sublime way.

4. Thai-Style Bloody Mary With Cilantro and Fried Shallots

Let’s talk about fish sauce for a second. A few drops of the stuff gives you a crazy awesome umami punch that makes Worcestershire sauce seem basic. Combined with spicy, vinegary samal oelek, tangy lime juice, deep brown sugar and fresh, grassy cilantro and you have yourself a stupendously perfect brunch centerpiece.

5. Tomatillo Bloody Mary

Whoever said Bloody Marys had to be red? A bit of cucumber, tomato and garlic round out this smoky tomatillo-based cocktail with those fresh, fruity, acidic notes that will give you that signature Bloody Mary taste you are looking for … but oh so much better!

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6. Gazpacho Bloody Mary With Pickled Shrimp

If you think about it, the red onion, sherry vinegar and garlicky flavors in chilled gazpacho soup are just begging to be revamped into a boozy cocktail. You won’t look back!

7. Roasted Tomato and Harissa Bloody Mary

The charred flavor you get when roasting tomatoes is just incredible with the spicy, savory red pepper heat that the harissa brings. Add a bunch of fresh spices and a generous glug of ginger vodka, and you are SET.

8. Ultimate Fully Loaded Bloody Mary

There’s no shame whatsoever if you are craving something a little more traditional. After all, there’s a reason why Bloody Marys are so iconic, right? Because they are DELICIOUS. You’ll be amazed at how stellar of a drink you can concoct when you mix up a bunch of fresh ingredients.

Featured Photo Credit: Aida Mollencamp/Salt and Wind

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