At some point after the first restaurant in America offered a drink garnished with an entire appetizer sampler platter, the country went into Bloody Mary overdrive. The savory mix of vodka, tomato juice and a grab bag of other ingredients from Worcestershire sauce to Tabasco found itself at the center of an Instagrammable arms race. Bartenders buried the savory cocktail under whole chickens and crab legs and pepperoni pizzas. Meanwhile, others took advantage of the Bloody’s stardom and tackled remaking the actual liquid inside the drink.
And now those variations, in all their glory, will be on full display at The Bloody Mary Festival, a five city tour making stops in Nashville on March 11, New Orleans on March 24-25, Brooklyn on April 8, Minneapolis on April 22 and Dallas on May 20. It may be the biggest collection of Bloody Marys under a single roof, aka Bloody Mary heaven.