Food trends; one of the fastest moving, often creatively limitless gifts the gastronomy world has given the modern era. From a pie in a cake, to brookies, to donut burgers, human taste buds are paving the road to culinary futures every day. One of the essential morning companions, especially after a night of imbibing and dining, is a bloody mary. For decades, this drink has stood tall and remained true to its origin. Tomato juice, spices, vodka, and citrus remain as the typical recipe for a mary. Naturally, with the rise in creative food combining, the bloody mary has also gotten a makeover. Some of the best bloody mary drinks were a result of redefining what is poured into the shaker.
On the hunt for a bloody mary in Seattle? The Sam’s Tavern menu boasts an impressive array of styles, flavors and customized versions of the lycopene-rich beverage. Innovation and flavor are the most important qualities when serving up a glass, to ensure that your experience is a delicious one. As the year begins to close, and 2018 is on the horizon, explore the most creative recipes for unique bloody mary drinks:
Bloody Caesar: Savory and Smoky
When experimenting, many bloody mary drinks end up turning extra sweet or too sour. For most of us, this morning beverage could stand to benefit from an infusion of breakfast flavors. Looking for the ultimate in darker, earthy flavors? Try a Bloody Caesar on for size. This spin on the classic utilizes the acidity from tomatoes to brighten and elevate everyone’s favorite sunrise treat. From start to finish, the sharp flavors of aquavit shake hands with briny clam juice, giving you a wake up slap from whatever partying you endured the night before. Worried about your breath? Fresh herbs are there to save the day. O Canada, we love your creativity!
Highlighted ingredients: Cucumber juice for freshness, clam stock for salt, and chopped dill for aroma.
Beety Mary: Earthy and Sweet
We’re living in a golden age for creative cooks, with online blogs and television series dedicated to innovation. The influx of original recipes is a foodie dream, and a Beety Mary is no exception. Bloody mary drinks are often red because of the tomatoes, but this version boasts a vibrant hue thanks to roasted beets. Craving an equal balance of bright, sweet and musky? Simply roast and blend the beets before combining with pickle juice, horseradish, tomato sauce, and the standard mix-ins. Prepare yourself for a one of a kind drinking experience; this cup looks as elegant as it tastes.
Highlighted ingredients: Fresh, ruby red beets, worcestershire sauce for umami, and fresh celery for salt.
Bloody Roman: Spicy and Sour
There’s nothing quite like a fresh oyster; its tender, salty flavors mesh with the aromas of the ocean in a perfect bite. Bloody Romans pay homage to the oyster with a cold beer-based version saturated with mouth puckering olives. The unison of spicy and sour transform what we knew of bloody marys into what it could be. This drink is everyone’s favorite barside glass, and happens to pair perfectly with two fresh oysters laid on top of ice. Whether you’re seaside or city dwelling, a Bloody Roman is sure to bring you to the calming atmosphere of the ocean in seconds.
Highlighted ingredients: Fresh caught oysters for umami, serrano chiles for heat, and green olives for salt.
Grey Goose Mary: Zesty and Dry
Looking for a classy way to enjoy your morning imbibing? The Grey Goose Mary is part martini, part morning after with a splash of vodka and dry sherry. Bloody mary mix adds a unique flavor to combine with the more refined taste found in a uptown cocktail. Enjoy the spice and zest of heat as the lip puckering citrus juice and sherry create a taste experience unlike any other. This remix is perfect for grandparents as well as your best friend; serve it to anyone and they will be pleasantly surprised. Never again will the bloody mary be an underestimated drink, thanks to the coarse salt, lemon wedge and all too perfect olive to top off this glass.
Highlighted ingredients: Grey Goose Vodka for iconic flavor and dry sherry to elevate the taste.
Hot and BrightEver wondered what a bloody mary mixed with crisp vinegar would taste like? It’s the next best thing to a breakfast drink and it gets its flair from Tabasco sauce. Save the condiment for your eggs and this version of the classic mary. To prepare a Bloody Kirby, simply stir in le citron vodka with dry vermouth and tomato juice, allowing the ingredients to marry. Before serving, ensure that there’s relief from the spicy undertones with a kirby cucumber, sliced and slipped into the glass. Surprisingly, a Bloody Kirby tastes saltier than it does pungent, making it an easy recipe to love. Sip on it with your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Be a rebel, like a bloody kirby; we won’t tell.
Highlighted ingredients: Kirby cucumber for authenticity, Tabasco for heat and dry vermouth to keep it classic.
Blood Orange Mary: Crave-worthy and Sweet
Before you run for the hills, consider a sweeter take on a savory beverage with a little help from the earthiest of fruits: blood oranges. They contain a deep sweetness that is akin to a beet or squash, infusing the lightest notes of sugar in an incredibly salty drink. By adding blood orange juice, the Blood Orange Mary highlights some of the most underrated flavor palettes in that glass. Lime juice and worcestershire sauce prevent it from becoming dessert-like, while the tabasco brings some spice to break it up. Instead of a morning mimosa, trade it in for a Blood Orange Mary and see how it feels; spoiler: it’s incredibly delicious.
Highlighted ingredients: Fresh blood orange juice for saccharine notes and lime juice to complement the spice.
Vegan Bloody Mary: Allergy-Friendly and Refreshing
Most people think that vegans or those who suffer with allergies are missing out on the good things in life. Surprisingly, there’s always a way to substitute or replace the ingredients certain diners don’t want: vegan meats, non dairy cheese, and seafood-free nuggets are a few of the many options. When it comes to bloody mary recipes, there are ingredients that many wish to not partake in. Serve up a glass without having to ask and use this Vegan Bloody Mary recipe. V8 with tomato juice is an allergy-free base, while vegan worcestershire sauce offers the same savory flavors in a traditional mary. (Fun fact: worcestershire sauce is not vegan!) Celery seed, lime juice and other herbs combine to pack a punch of freshness that can’t be found in other bloody mary recipes.
Highlighted ingredients: Vegan friendly worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard for a zing, and V8 for aroma.
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