We can all agree that the Bloody Mary is the finest morning-after remedy there is. Part booze, part spice, part fruit (yes, tomatoes), the quintessential brunch cocktail is a fully delicious hair-of-the-dog experience. But when the standard Vodka-Tomato Juice-Worcestershire combination isn’t cutting it, we look to bolder Bloodys to cure our conditions: Bloody Marys doused with clam juice, topped with bacon, or steeped with Serrano peppers.
From the bourbon Bloodys of Brooklyn to the smoked-salt rims of Soho, these are some of The Boldest Bloody Marys in NYC.
Although this popular Brooklyn brunch joint serves a traditional mary, their adaptations are far more exciting – like one with rosemary-infused vodka, and another whiskey and oatmeal stout. 524 Court Street; 718.852.8490; www.buttermilkchannelnyc.com
With 10 variations of Bloodys to choose from, there’s a brunch cocktail for every preference and palate. There’s one with gin and a pickled egg (the Caeser), another with brussel sprouts and caper berries (the Chicago Matchbox), and our favorite: a wasabi and beef jerky version. 54 E. 1st St; 212.677.6221; www.prunerestaurant.com
North End Grill
Although North End Grill is a classy establishment, we give you full permission to go nuts with the booze: there’s a Bloody Caeser with Littleneck clam nectar, a Bloody Smoky with scotch and shisito peppers, and a Bloody Lager with Captain Lawrence beer and crispy bacon. 104 North End Avenue; 646.747.1600; www.northendgrillnyc.com
The Lobster Joint
More of a meal than a cocktail, The Lobster Claw Bloody Mary comes with celery, pickles, olives and of course, a giant lobster claw. 1073 Manhattan Avenue; 718.389.8990; www.lobsterjoint.com
The Instagram-worthy Bloody B.L.T. is made from Tito’s Peppercorn Vodka and topped with bacon and jalapeño pickled egg. 509 Amsterdam Ave; 212.470.5566; www.jacobspickles.com
Eight types of Bloody Marys are served by the pitcher here. Try the Caprese Bloody (basil infused vodka and mozzarella), the Bluegrass Bloody (bourbon and pickle juice), or the Hampton Shore (clam juice and oyster.) 31 Great Jones Street; 212.253.5700; www.fivepointsrestaurant.com
Leora Kalikow is the Director of Communications for Public House Wine. For the full guide to the Boldest Bloody Marys in NYC, click here.