3. Best If You Are Broke and Hungry
BLT Bloody Mary, $6.95
"You've gotta ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" We definitely do when our weekend brunch cocktail comes with a beautiful BLT lagniappe and a 7-ounce beer back. Stacked with a whole quarter of a BLT sandwich, the Lucky's 13 BLT Bloody is a mellower version of its spicy brethren, but makes up for lack of heat with a healthy pour of vodka. We do wish there were more pickles involved, but it's hard to argue with crispy bacon, a light shmear of mayo, lettuce, and tomato on perfectly browned toast, plus a cocktail and a beer for $7. Helpful tip: Tackle the BLT as fast as you can, or the bread will get a little soggy from the Bloody Mary. As if you needed an excuse to snatch up that sammy.
2. Best Infused
Bright with the almost licorice-like freshness of basil infused vodka, Muddy's bloody takes its flavor cues from marinara sauce. It's savory but not overly salty, elegant but still very sturdy, and -- though it seems like a small point -- just the right amount of ice. It leaves you with a slight burn in the back of your throat, a lingering tingle on the lips, and goes great with an order of Muddy's breakfast poutine.
1. Best New Classic
Tart, meaty, and perfectly spicy, the Strip Club's one hundred percent house-made brunch beverage of choice is the Bloody Mary for people who say they don't like Bloody Marys. Assembled with tasty touches like whole capers, Sriracha and a top secret blend of spices, this mix is as well-balanced as you'd expect from the tastemakers at the Strip Club Meat & Fish. In the words of co-owner Tim Niver, "Sitting, eating brunch, and drinking a bloody Mary is as much about the moment as it is about the aftermath, and getting back to your couch. It should be like a magic carpet ride that just carries you back there." If you've never tried a bloody you could get on board with, but you do like food that tastes good, give this classic version a go and prepare to be converted.
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