The Bloody Peggy just doesn't have the same ring to it
Peggy from AMC's Mad Men
Last week we published our first installation of the various superlative bloodies around town. Some were thick, some were smoked, some were stacked, some involved a D.I.Y. spirit, and others involved spirits other than vodka. You have waited with bated breath and now we're ready to reveal our final five picks for these saucy ladies in red.
5. Best Worth the Drive
Nothing ever happens in Blaine? On game day you'd think it was the center of a purple universe. Just a hop, skip, and a jump out of town stands the Ole Piper Inn, home to a weekend Bloody Mary bar that puts citified spreads to shame. A little over five bucks gets you a celery salt-rimmed glass of Stoli and a snit, and then it's off to the build-your-own bar to make some tough decisions. Dailey's mix or Tabasco's? Pickled jalapeno or chipotle peppers? Should I really put shrimp cocktail in this? There are no wrong answers here, folks.
4. Best Use of a Beefstick
Cause is one of the rare Minneapolis bars where you go to see bands and do shots at night, and still want to return the next morning for a little bloody breakfast (See also: Triple Rock Social Club
). Even if you don't feel up to solid food yet, this meaty mother will help float you through your hangover and into lunch time. In addition to the skewer of cheese and pepperoni atop this cocktail, the bartenders at Cause use a regular straw as a sort of coring tool to remove the center of a beefstick, effectively making it your stirring implement, salty snack, and
direct pipeline to this Worcestershire-heavy bloody.
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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