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7 Bloody Mary Recipes to Try

Start your day with a boozy, savory eye-opener.

Bloody Maria
Bloody Maria Image: / Tim Nusog

It’s an eye-opener, it’s a hangover cure, it’s a nutritious breakfast: What can’t the Bloody Mary do? The versatile cocktail, which you can now find on practically every brunch menu across the globe, was supposedly invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris during the 1920s. But to be honest, its history is far from settled, and many countries offer their own take on the classic spirit-and-tomato-juice combination.

But no matter when, where or by whom it was invented, the Bloody Mary is a superb cocktail, and it keeps evolving. Though most recipes start with vodka and tomato juice, there are endless variations on the traditional formula, and trying new and different iterations is rewarding.

Whether you like your Mary with vodka or gin—or with bourbon—and whether you prefer it spicy or herbal, check out these seven recipes. Then get creative the next time your weekend plans call for a Bloody Mary. You just may find your new go-to brunch beverage.

  • Bloody Caesar

    Bloody Caesar cocktail

    Looks delicious, eh? This unique concoction is actually Canada’s national cocktail. While it calls for the standard vodka, hot sauce and celery stalk, what sets it apart is its four ounces of Clamato, a mix of clam juice and tomato. The unusual ingredient creates a savory drink that is surprisingly quaffable.

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  • Bloody Roman

    Bloody Roman cocktail

    Chris Cosentino 

    There aren’t many people in this world who could convince us to add a raw oyster to a cocktail. But we trust celebrity chef Chris Cosentino. His Bloody Roman, which features Anchor Steam Beer, olives and briny bivalves, is a concoction you need to try at least once. And probably twice.

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  • Bloody Bulldog

    Bloody Bulldog / Tim Nusog 

    Don’t worry, no dogs were harmed in the creation of this drink. Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to fix this elixir, which proves that vodka isn’t the only clear spirit that works in a Bloody Mary: This one’s made with gin. The recipe includes a double shot of British brand Bulldog, plus a clove of garlic, balsamic vinegar and all the other quintessential Mary mixers.

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  • Elixir Bloody Mary

    Elixir Bloody Mary

    H. Joseph Ehrmann

    The secret to this cocktail from San Francisco mixologist and advisory board member H. Joseph Ehrmann (he says it’s the world’s best Bloody Mary) is a truly old-timey ingredient, Old Bay Seasoning. But that’s not the only trick up Ehrmann’s sleeve; the recipe also boasts a delicious combination of olive and pickle brines. And to top it off, there’s a garnish of a bacon strip and a dill pickle spear. You can even watch Ehrmann make his beloved Bloody Mary.

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  • Bloody Bull

    Bloody Bull

    Beef broth in a cocktail? Yes, that is indeed what is happening here. The classic Bloody Mary gets the beef bouillon treatment, which results in a meaty, savory note that courses through the drink. Traditional accompaniments like lemon, Worcestershire and hot sauce complement the vodka and tomato juice and tie the room together. Mix one of these whenever you want a richer, beefier Bloody Mary.

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  • Red Snapper

    Red Snapper / Tim Nusog 

    It’s easy to call the Red Snapper “just a Bloody Mary with gin.”’re not wrong. But while the vodka-spiked version defers to the tomato juice and flavorful accessories, the gin stands tall in a Red Snapper, providing a sturdy backbone that shines through the cocktail’s other components. So, if you like gin and really want to taste the booze in your brunch cocktail, this one’s for you.

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  • Bloody Maria

    Bloody Maria / Tim Nusog

    Give vodka the boot and take a southern detour with this flavorful tequila version. It’s laced with two brands of hot sauce and a hefty dose of horseradish. Garnish with a cucumber spear, hot peppers and a chunk of queso fresco, and you’ll have quick access to snacks, too.

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