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3 New Variations on the Bloody Mary

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The Bloody Mary needs an update. We’re not talking about anything crazy like overloading the drink with a buffet of toppings or using bacon-infused vodka (although you should definitely try that). We’re talking about boosting the brunch-time staple with spirits beyond basic vodka and mixers beyond the usual tomato that enhance the cocktail’s core flavors of spicy, savory and spirited.

So we put the Bloody through a Rom-Com-style makeover montage and came up with three new variations: a spritzy, sparkling take; a briny, bottled, sherry-infused version; and a vividly green, sushi-inspired specimen. Brunch can’t come soon enough.

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This refreshing aperitif  breathes effervescent life into the tried and true brunch staple. Reminiscent of cold, cucumbery gazpacho, this Bloody Mary mixes vodka with spicy, briny Clamato Picante, spritzy sparkling wine and cucumber bitters for a bright vegetal sweetness. After trying one, you’ll wish more of your favorite brunch spots served this invigorating tipple.

The Essentials

Clamato Picante
Cava
Cucumber Bitters
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The best way to start a weekend is with a big bottle of Bloody Marys. Easy to assemble ahead of time, this giant pre-noon cocktail combines briny amontillado sherry with earthy potato vodka, tomato juice, and classic Bloody seasonings like Worcestershire and Tabasco. Old Bay gives the cocktail an extra savory kick and pairs perfectly with the seafaring flavors of the sherry. Salty, spicy and boozy, you’ll have a hard time not drinking the whole bottle by yourself.

The Essentials

Potato Vodka
Sherry
Tomato Juice
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Made with fresh tomatillo water, this vibrant green Bloody gets its heat from both wasabi and Green Jalapeño Tabasco. Yuzu kosho, a Japanese fermented chili paste, gives the cocktail a delightful hint of funk. We like to use a small batch clam broth from Maine in the mix, but any clam broth will do. Though it is, of course, an eye-opening brunch-time cocktail, it’s also great with sushi, teriyaki, tempura or even steak.

The Essentials

Vodka
Tomatillo
Hot Sauce

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