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.
IT ALL STARTS WITH VODKA
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!
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
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
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
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