When it comes to spring brunch cocktails, sparkling champagne flutes, floral syrups, bright tinctures and fruit juices are the norm. But here at Mouth there’s one springtime cocktail (and honestly anytime cocktail) that always has a place on our brunch table: The Bloody Mary. The savory Bloody is anything but light and springy—packed with earthy vegetables and garnishes up to wazoo, it verges more on appetizer than it does cocktail. And that’s just how we like it... a morning drink that doubles as an appetizer to ease your hunger before your mains arrive.
For that friend who is as bloody obsessed as we are, our Bloody Mary cocktail kit has everything needed for a mouthwatering upgrade. Our kit includes not one but two dill-icious mixers, complex spiced bitters, pickled green beans (for a garnish far more creative than celery) and even Bloody Mary salt for the rim of what will most likely be the best Bloody Mary they’ve ever had. And the better the Bloody Mary, the less the hangover.
For those who want to make their own one-of-a-kind spin on the Bloody, here are the 4 steps for making the best Bloody Mary cocktail for Sunday brunchers and the hungover, alike!
It's All About That Base: Your Bloody Mary Mix
Back away from the tomato juice, tomato concentrate or V8 in the packaged juice aisle. The type of Bloody Mary Mix you use has a huge impact on the overall drink—it’s literally ⅔ of the glass. And while you might be able to doctor up some standard mixes, we’ve discovered three incredible, dill-icious mixers that we keep on hand in the Mouth fridge at all times. The seasoned Bloody fan will love experimenting with...
- Gordy's Pickle Jar Bloody Mary Mix—This one combines pickle brine and a gazpacho-like blend with the kick of cherry bomb pepper. It’s so good we would drink it straight. (We’ve contemplated serving this for dinner as a soup course.)
- The Real Dill Bloody Mary Mix—You can actually see the flecks of garlic, dill, horseradish and habanero in this spicier mix. It’s almost like a drinkable salsa. (Cue the red dress dancing emoji.)
- Preservation & Co. Original Bloody Mary Mix—Pinkies out for this one because it's packed with fancy ingredients – balsamic reduction, dijon mustard, crushed capers and green bean brine. (We're swooning, and it's not from the vodka.)
Playing with Fire: Hot Sauces for Bloodies
Between cherry bomb peppers and habaneros, some of these Bloody Mary mixes are already quite hot. But you happen to know that your drinker is a fire fanatic, a hot mama or someone who simply has the hot hot hots for hot sauce. We’re a bit hot sauce obsessed ourselves around Mouth HQ. (You should see the fire in our eyes when it’s time for a spicy tasting.) These are our three recommendations to add to Bloodies...
- Humble House’s Hamajang Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce—The heat will initially go undetected, but it’ll creep up and haunt the Bloody lover’s palate. Proceed with caution!
- Kitchen Garden’s Organic Sriracha—This fermented addition to the Bloody is better than the normal rooster sauce because it’s small-batch, farm-fresh and organic. Your friend will be soooo #ontrend.
- ISH Premium’s Beet Horseradish—This adds a different (and some would say traditional) type of heat which will hit right in the sinuses. It pops in the glass and on the tongue. Time to start horsin’ around!
Spice it Up: Bloody Mary Seasonings
To salt rim or not to salt rim? For every Bloody lover out there, this is a point of contention. Well, the Mouth staff falls on the side of salting things up. Salt, along with other spices that can go on the rim, really brings out and heightens the flavor. Here are our top three...
- Bourbon Barrel Foods’s Bourbon Smoked Paprika—This is a spice unlike any other, adding an additional depth of flavor (aka smokiness). Mix with equal parts kosher salt for a rim.
- J.Q. Dickinson’s Bloody Mary Salt— For those who want something easy and already prepared, this savory and spicy mix of applewood smoked salt, local dried chili peppers, roasted garlic and celery seed is a winner. It can also be added to brunch dishes like egg and vegetable frittata or hashbrowns.
- Jacobsen Salt Co.’s Black Garlic Salt—This high-drama salt with umami-rich caramelized garlic is perfectly suited for any Bloody… and it’ll add to any high-drama tea that’s split over brunch as well.
Bloody Mary Garnishes: The Bouquet on Top
Leave the wilted celery stalks to the bunnies. The Bloody Mary garnish is what sets it apart from the first look. If you’re gifting one of the best Bloody Mary kits, you’ve got to step up your garnish skills. And the garnish game has also gotten competitive out there. We like to think in two camps: pickled or meaty...
- Pernicious Pickling’s Bloody Mary in a Jar—This gorgeous jar is filled with carrots, cucumbers, celery, string beans, asparagus and okra, all brined in apple cider vinegar with a little bit of spice – Bloody Mary lovers can mix and match.
- Doux South’s Pickled Tomatoes—An obvious companion to the tomato base of a Bloody, these juicy, plump and unusual pickles provide a literal burst of flavor.
- Charlito’s Cocina’s Salame Seco—A high-grade, earthy dry salami, made from pasture raised, heritage breed pork and cured with a mineral rich fleur de sel, that’s perfect for dicing up. They’ll be asking for a plateful of more salami long before they’ve hit the bottom of their glass.
- Chef's Cut Real Jerky's Applewood Uncured Bacon Jerky—Try garnishing with a breakfast item that no one can resist. Bacon as a Bloody Mary garnish has been showing up at our favorite brunch spots around Brooklyn, and we’re here for it. Add a crisp strip right to any Bloody connoisseur’s glass, and they’ll be in pig heaven. Unanimously, the Best Bloody Mary ever.
The beauty about the Bloody Mary is that it’s the ultimate cocktail to personalize. From the ready-to-go Bloody Mary Cocktail Kit to each of these ingredient hacks, every Bloody lover can experiment at brunch until they’re bloody killing it.