7 Reasons to Never Drink a Basic Bloody Again

Normcore dress may be de rigueur right now, but let’s face it: Being a basic brunch type will never be in style. Show off your discerning daytime drinking abilities by sipping on a Bloody Mary that’s far from bland in both flavor and personality.

1. Jalapeño Bloody Mary Gelée

Let’s face it: Excessive garnishes make most Bloody Marys a meal already, so why not just make your cocktail an actual meal course? Start with a boozy tomato gelée base, then layer it with cucumber relish and avocado cream to create an elegant parfait.
Photo and recipe from Baker by Design

2. Fish Sauce Bloody Mary

High-quality fish sauce adds a layer of savory complexity to everything. A zippy Bloody Mary is no exception.
Photo and recipe from Food52

3. The Grilled Cheese Bloody Caesar

Grilled cheese—a natural pairing for tomato soup—makes for a dream garnish on a Bloody Caesar, a spinoff of the Bloody Mary with clam juice.
Photo and recipe from Flourishing Foodie

4. Harissa Bloody Mary

Harissa, a garlicky North African chile paste, helps make this Bloody a distinctive one. For even more Moroccan flair, try stirring in a preserved lemon half.
Photo and recipe from Vegetarian Ventures

5. Bloody Mary Ice Pops

Like your Bloody Mary extra spicy? Temper the heat by serving it in ice pop form. (Note: Don’t get too generous with the vodka, or else your popsicles won’t freeze properly.)
Photo and recipe from Kirbie's Cravings

6. Bloody Maharani

Take the tomatoey cocktail on a passage through India. For that faraway effect, replace flavorless vodka with Bombay gin and blend in curry powder.
Photo and recipe from PBS

7. Bloody Mary Verde

Brighten up the brunch cocktail both in appearance and flavor by swapping out tomatoes for astringent tomatillos, which provide much-needed acidity.
Photo and recipe from Naive Cook Cooks; header image from Quincy Dine and Drink

Susannah Chen is a San Francisco–based freelance writer. When she's not cooking or writing, she's on the hunt to find the world's best chilaquiles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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