Reimagining the Classic Bloody Mary

Mix up the perfect Gulf Coast bloody mary with one of these 4 unique flavor combos.

Bloody Mary cocktail loaded with toppings
Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

The bloody mary has been a staple at brunches and get-togethers since its invention in a Parisian bar just over 100 years ago. Mobile has taken the classic and infused its own Gulf Coast spin, with ingredients such as blackened shrimp, red pepper jam and pickled okra. Shop the offerings at local stores around the city and create your own signature bloody mary to serve the next time you’re entertaining, or try these four flavor combos we perfected.

The foundation of every bloody mary is, of course, vodka! Start with one jigger (about 1.5 ounces) vodka and add 4 ounces tomato juice or bloody mary mix. Season to your liking!

Dip the edge of your highball in water and then dust with Old Bay Seasoning mixed with kosher salt to take the shrimp boil theme to the max!

1. Gulf Coast Mary

This tipple was made for lazy days on the wharf and long boat rides 

Bubbie’s Extra! Hot Horseradish, $5, Greer’s • Crystal Hot Sauce, $2, Greer’s • Old Bay Seasoning, $5, Greer’s • Whiskey Willy’s Original Bloody Mary Mix, $9, Greer’s • Bloody Mary Trees, $25, The Garage Studio

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Who doesn’t want more bacon? Let it bring smoky notes to this Southern Mary complemented by the sweet tang of pickled peas.

2. Deep South Mary

Combine down-home flavors for an unexpected take on the classic 

Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce, $5, World Market • Bamboo Cocktail Skewer, $4, World Market • Stone Hollow Farmstead Pickled Lady Peas, $18, Provision • Talk O’Texas Okra Pickles, $3, Greer’s • Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix, $5, Greer’s

Elevate your palate and wow your guests with a dash of truffle hot sauce.

3. Swanky Mary

Your Sunday morning goes high-brow with luxe flavors and shiny utensils

Silver Pickle Fork, Find Similar Items at Louise Doggett Antiques • Big Tom Spiced Tomato Mix, $13, East Bay Clothier • Divina Bloody Mary Olives, $7, Provision • Crisp & Co. Spicy Dilly Beans, $10, The Garage Studio • Truff Hot Sauce, $18, Greer’s

Clear your sinuses and add a major flavor bomb by stirring in a dollop of wasabi sauce to the mix. Dust the ground ginger around the rim for more kick.

4. Asian Mary

Transport your tastebuds to the Pacific Isles with tangy Asian flavors 

Kikkoman Wasabi Sauce, $3, Greer’s • Great Value Ground Ginger, $2, Greer’s • Wildbrine Kimchi, $8, Whole Foods • Bamboo Knot Picks, $4, World Market • San-J Organic Tamari, $3, Greer’s • Mr. Jimmie’s Yellow Tomato Bloody Mary Mix, $11, Provision

East Bay Clothiers 39 N Section St., Fairhope, 928-6848 • Greer’s 4055 Cottage Hill Rd., 666-1329 • The Garage Studio 17070 Scenic Hwy 98, Fairhope, 928-3474 • Louise Doggett Antiques 93 N Sage Ave., 244-7038 • Provision 100 N Section St., Fairhope, 850-5004 • Whole Foods 3968 Airport Blvd, 206-7028 • World Market 3250 Airport Blvd, 439-6585

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