Ah, the Bloody Mary.
Whether you tied one on Saturday night and need a little hair of the dog, or you simply want a little kick with your tomato juice, this drink is classic Sunday morning. But more than that, it's a formula that wants you to experiment: Like tequila? Try a Bloody Maria. Prefer gin? Bloody Bulldog, it is. Play around with it!
Things are definitely bigger in Texas. This brilliant bloody will set you back $20. On the other hand, you won't need to eat until Monday.
The garnish carnage features an entire crawfish, a bacon cheeseburger, a shrimp, beef jerky, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans, okra, onions, tomatoes, olives, cheese, a pickle...and a half-pint of beer as a “side garnish.”
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A Beast, indeed! This $35, 80-ounce brunch behemoth is essentially five of Sobelman’s already-insane Bloody Masterpieces served in a huge mason jar (both are pictured here). The 13 different garnishes include: Brussels sprouts, celery, onion, mushroom, cherry tomato, lemon, pickle, shrimp, sausage, cheese, olive, green onion & asparagus, and—because why not?—a bacon cheeseburger slider.
Another contender hailing from Wisconsin, the Bloody Bomber is garnished with a lemon, lime, olive, pickle, and the "AJ burger strip with Muenster cheese and bacon." Oh, and of course the Bloody Mary comes with a shorty of Miller beer.
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While most of the Bloody Marys have made it on our list for crossing the line from drink to feast, this Portland establishment got our attention for taking a craft-cocktail approach. It doesn't have any bacon cheeseburgers or nine types of pickles, but the Bottle-Conditioned Bloody Mary does feature house-aged potato vodka, amontillado sherry, tomato juice, and a “secret house bloody mix.”
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Fond du Lac, WI
Just looking at this, how can you possibly order a “normal” Bloody ever again? This creation was dreamt up by Sarah Jayne Pickart, a Wisconsinite bartender who has already attained some viral fame for an equally-insane Bloody Mary she made for Fon du Lac bar, O’Davey’s Pub.
Well, she has since struck out on her own with a catering company called Wild & Crazy Gourmet Bloody Marys that specializes in, yes, exactly what the name suggests.
This particular creation boasts a royal feast of toppings: bacon wrapped lobster, crab cake sliders, fried fish sliders, loaded steak and cheese sliders, cherry-apple pork loin lollipops, stuffed potatoes, garlic butter Brussels sprouts, bacon, mussels, crab legs, calamari rings, shrimp, coleslaw, tuna salad, cheesecake, cheese curds, cheese whips, a plethora of veggies and pickles, and of course, more bacon.
Santa Monica, CA
We know it doesn't look like much, but sometimes it's what's under the hood that counts. At renowned bar-and-restaurant Fig in Santa Monica, what's under the hood was too good (and illegal) to pass up: foie gras. Now off the menu because foie gras was banned in California, this is just one example of Fig's wildly creative Bloody variations dreamt up by bartender Vincent Anter. His other experiments include the absinthe-based Bloody Fairy, and the restaurant’s current offering: the Holy Guac-a-Mary, featuring tequila, avocado, tomatillo, jalapeño, cilantro and lime.
The only Canadian to crack our list, this drink is actually a Bloody Caesar (Canada's clamato-based cousin of the Bloody Mary). An architectural masterpiece, the Checkmate balances a Maalox commercial's worth of toppings: hot wings, burger, roast chicken, onion rings, pulled pork, mac and cheese, pickle, and to finish, a brownie with whipped cream. It runs $60 and contains an estimated 5,000 calories—we'd say it's worth every (Canadian) penny.