These may just be the 16 best Bloody Mary cocktails in and around the Magic City. Yes, we awarded bonus points for over-the-top, only-in-Miami drinks garnished with fried chicken, prime rib and pork buns. So dive in: It’s cocktail time.
Top Spicy Bloody Marys
We like the uniquely bold and spice-forward blends of black pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire and horseradish that go into the Bloody Marys at Malibu Farm at Nobu Eden Roc, La Petite Maison, Shuckers Bar and Grill, and Lightkeepers at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne.
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The Butcher Shop in Wynwood adds a splash of spicy brine from pickled green beans to its Bloody Mary mix. And on weekends, The Grill at Bal Harbour Shops serves its Sriracha-spiked Bloody Mary. We love how The Grill’s bartenders shake this cocktail with ice, then pour it into your glass without cubes — thick, frigid and heavenly.
Next time you’re in Key West, don’t miss the chance to order the famous Bloody Mary at the Burgundy Bar at The Saint Hotel. Start by customizing your drink, choosing from among three infused vodkas and four base options. Then watch your bartender top it off with prime rib, horseradish cream, Yorkshire pudding, shrimp, a blue cheese meatball, spiced bacon and more.
Closer to home, chef Amaris Jones will fill you up with her fried-chicken-and-waffle Bloody Mary, available at her Sunday Soul Food Brunch at Spasso in Coconut Grove.
Downtown hotspot Baby Jane turns the traditional Bloody Mary on its head, starting with a blend of tequila and chartreuse liqueur. Add in some fresh wasabi, white soy, edamame and garnish with a pork bun and a blistered shishito pepper? Sign us up. River Yacht Club also switches out vodka for a weekend-only Bloody Mary made of beer and bourbon. Interesting and perfect.
A Little Sweet
Arketekt by Aficionados, new in Brickell, balances the flavors of pineapple, basil and Tabasco in its sensational Bloody Mary. And the cucumber vodka in the Bloody at Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market in Doral is too refreshing to turn down. Warning: Both of these may leave you tempted to order more than one.
Scroll down for pictures of all of our favorites, plus a recipe to try at home.
Recipe: Classic Spicy Bloody Mary
Adapted from Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Makes 1 cocktail.
8 ounces fresh tomato juice
2 tablespoons white horseradish
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons Tito’s Vodka
DIRECTIONS: Shake ingredients, then pour into a glass with ice and garnish with your favorite toppings.
Now that you’ve seen all of these mouthwatering Miami Bloody Marys, track down an equally delicious meal at one of south Miami-Dade’s top restaurants. Or, sit down and enjoy what might be the Magic City’s best, juiciest burger.