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10 Bloody Mary Recipes to Get You Through Sunday Morning

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In the world of boozy brunch, Mimosas and Bellinis are for people who just want a light and refreshing tipple. Bloody Marys, on the other hand, are for folks who want to get serious. The queen of the brunch-tail, the Bloody Mary is a perfect combination of savory and spicy, as vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire and hot sauce come together to create one deliciously filling blend. While the classic Bloody Mary is easily customizable with an endless array of garnishes—from the classic olive to strips of bacon to a whole roast chicken—you can flex your creative muscles even more by mixing up one of these diverse variations. Here, the 10 best Bloody Mary recipes to try at your next brunch.

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This spicy, south-of-the-border sister to the Bloody Mary swaps out neutral vodka for vegetal tequila. The agave spirit highlights the fresh flavor of the tomatoes, muddled jalapeños give the drink an extra kick, and lime juice adds some zing. Rim the glass with peppery Tajin seasoning, and you have the perfect pairing for a plate of huevos rancheros.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Tomato Juice
Jalapeño
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Created by our fish-loving neighbors to the north, this Canadian Bloody Mary uses Clamato, a tomato juice infused with spices and clam broth. The briny Bloody Caesar tastes like a cross between Manhattan clam chowder and gazpacho, and it’s made even more delectable with a plump shrimp garnish.

The Essentials

vodka
clamato juice
worcestershire sauce
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If you can’t decide between enjoying an effervescent Mimosa or a hearty Bloody at brunch, we suggest drinking a little bit of both. This fluted Bubbly Mary—made with vodka, Clamato Picante and cucumber bitters—gets topped off with spritzy cava. We promise it’s the most refreshing Bloody you’ll ever have.

The Essentials

Clamato Picante
Cava
Cucumber Bitters
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Sports lovers rejoice—we created the best game day beverage known to man. Our Buffalo Bloody Mary uses Frank’s Red Hot, the chosen hot sauce of all self-respecting Buffalo wing makers, and it’s garnished with both a Buffalo chicken wing and fried blue cheese cubes. It’s finger-lickin good.

The Essentials

Vodka
Tomato juice
Frank’s Red Hot
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If you’re serving Bloody Marys for a crowd or want to take a mix to-go, batch this bottled Bloody recipe ahead of time. Briny amontillado sherry and earthy potato vodka serve as the boozy base, while Maggi seasoning, Old Bay and smoked salt lend further savoriness to the traditional blend. Try not to hoard the entire bottle for yourself.


 

The Essentials

Potato Vodka
Sherry
Tomato Juice
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Created by bartender Leo Robitschek of New York’s NoMad, this Bloody Mary goes deep on earthy, umami flavors. Beet juice and a generous amount of amontillado sherry give the traditional blend of spices a round, nutty, dirty (in a good way) taste. It’s a good thing this recipe makes 10 drinks because you’ll definitely want seconds.

The Essentials

Tomato Juice
beet juice
Amontillado Sherry
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If you’re a glutton for punishment who likes to spread gobs of pungent wasabi on sushi as if it was guacamole, this is the cocktail for you. Spicy wasabi paste, tomatillos, green jalapeño Tabasco and cilantro give this Japanese Bloody Mary a vibrant green hue, and clam juice adds some sushi-inspired brininess.

The Essentials

Vodka
Tomatillo
Hot Sauce
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Turn the Bloody Mary on its head by adding juicy watermelon to the mix. Created by The Bloody Mary Book author Ellen Brown, this tequila cocktail features mostly watermelon with only a cup of strained tomatoes for a cocktail that’s softer and even more drinkable than the classic. Cucumber and cilantro bring some levity, while adobo sauce and Tajin seasoning contribute a chile flavor.

The Essentials

watermelon
tomatoes
tequila
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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are found on everything from pizza to bagels these days, so of course they found their way into a Bloody Mary. FHC cult members will be obsessed with this spicy Bloody, which uses crushed-up Cheetos both in the mix and as a rim. Serve it alongside more Cheetos.

The Essentials

Vodka
Tomato juice
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
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These fried Bloody bites may not be drinks, but they are definitely the bomb. Soak cherry tomatoes in tequila, bread them with Tajin- and Worcestershire-flavored breadcrumbs, then plop those puppies into the deep fryer. Once golden and crispy, drizzle them with citrus and some hot sauce, and you have a plate of toothsome bite-sized Bloody Maria poppers.

The Essentials

cherry tomatoes
Tequila
Italian-style breadcrumbs

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