5 Bloody marys that overachieved
Bloody marys have always been a popular hair-of-the-dog hangover cure and brunch beverage for those looking to get a little loose on the weekends. But this boozy Sunday morning treat just got a lot more exciting — and a lot more filling.
The "Chicken Fried" Bloody Beast at Sobelmans Pub and Grill in Wisconsin features cheese, sausage, pickles, olives, onion, mushrooms, asparagus, scallion, shrimp, lemon, Brussels sprouts, tomato, celery and two Baconadoes (jalapeño cheeseballs on a skewer, wrapped lovingly in bacon), and is topped by a whole fried chicken. It may set you back $50, but you're getting a whole lot more cluck for your buck with this one.
If you need to work your way up to the entire chicken, then Matty's Bar & Grille in Wisconsin has the answer. Its comparatively modest (context is everything!) bloody mary is topped with the usual celery, olive and pickle but ups the ante with a bite of sausage, a twirl of whipped cheese, a jalapeño chicken taquito and a spicy chicken drumstick for good measure. Sounds bloody good to me.
This monster mary from O'Davey's Irish Pub and Restaurant in, you guessed it, Wisconsin, will have you singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game — and Then to the Gastroenterologist." Adorned with ballpark snacks like nachos, a hot pretzel and popcorn, this bloody is a home run.
You'll need the appetite of a wrestler to finish off the Sumo Mary from Sunda in Chicago. This 32-ounce behemoth is topped with a bounty of garnishes ranging from potatoes to a snow crab hand roll to steamed duck dumplings. Whether victorious or defeated, by the time you're finished, they'll be dragging you out of the ring.
If you're willing to get your hands a little dirty and to DIY, then this could be the bloody for you. Comedian Randy Liedtke saw that the bloody mary garnish wars were rife for parody, and took things to the next level. Fried chicken wings, a sub, pepperoni pizza, french fries, onions rings and — is that a smaller bloody mary? — a host of other edible adornments garnish this insanely proportioned cocktail. If you aren't careful, by the time you finish this bad boy, you might be insanely proportioned too.
What's the craziest bloody mary garnish you can think of?