Bloody Marys – A Diverse Cocktail for This Memorial Weekend

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

Who knew that it was an American bartender, working at a bar in Paris in the roaring 20′s, that would come up with the iconic American drink that is the Bloody Mary.

Traditionally, the Bloody Mary is made with vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and garnished with a lime; all served in a tall glass. This cocktail has come a long way. It is probably one of the only cocktails that can have such diverse inclusions and still be called a Bloody Mary. Anything goes for garnishes; combining everything from shrimp, oysters and bacon to olives, pickles and cucumbers. Even the vessels they are served in can be very creative; from Mason jars to martini glasses. Also, vodka is now being replaced with either gin or tequila! Just look on Pinterest for ideas for serving them this Memorial Day weekend.

What I particularly like is that the Bloody Mary cocktail is now considered to be a super-food!

OK, just kidding.

But really, it should be! Add the right garnishes and surely this cocktail could be part of my five daily veggie intake, plus it is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

To be called a Bloody Mary, the cocktail does have to keep its tomato juice roots. To keep pace with all the lavish garnishes and glasses, Bloody Mary mixes have stepped up to the challenge.

Here are some mixes that bring, shall I say, even more of a kick to the drink:

Longbranch Bloody Mary Zinger Longbranch Bloody Mary Zinger - Perfect gluten-free Bloody Mary mix and made with only fresh ingredients with no high-fructose corn syrup or thickeners. Matt Horne, the founder of Longbranch, recommends garnishing with a skewer of mozzarella cheese, salami, shrimp and two blue cheese-stuffed olives. Now that sounds like a complete meal! It can be found to purchase on their website.
Stus Bloody Mary Mix Stu’s THIS IS BLOODY MARY mix - Created by Stu Water’s who felt that the way to bring a punch to a Bloody Mary cocktail was to add sour pickle brine to the mix. This is what gives the drink a tart-spicy. Add an oyster in the shell, a couple of olives and one of Stu’s pickles for garnish. Buy directly on Stu’s website.
Clamato Mott’s Clamato Juice - I cannot do an article about Bloody Mary’s without mentioning the Canadian counterpart, the Bloody Caesar. Made with Clamato, which is a clam/tomato juice, the Bloody Caesar tastes even better than a Bloody Mary, but the mélange is not as thick. Amazingly few Americans know about this great alternative even though it can be found on almost all major grocery store shelves in the juice isles.
Cocktail Stirrers Tipsy Cocktail Stirrers - Best garnish ever! No need to be creative with personalizing your own garnishes, Sable and Rosenfeld’s Tipsy Cocktail Stirrers have made it easy for you. These skewers are made up of a crunchy pickle, green olive, slice of red pepper and a pearl onion. Yum! I am getting hungry!

So, what will your Bloody Mary look like this long weekend?

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