It’s no secret that San Diego is booming with master mixologists. Here, we round up five innovative (and delicious) bloody mary recipes that take the craft cocktail movement next level.
1. Beet & Gin Bloody Mary, Herb & Wood Skip the vodka and pass the gin: This unique concoction, created by bartender Josh Landrum, infuses beet, tomato and lemon juices with fresh ginger, pepperoncini, Sriracha and Worcestershire sauce, and the result is out of this world. Order the jamón iberico Benedict; the rich, umami ingredients of the dish complement the drink’s sweet, botanical and snappy spice flavor profiles. 2210 Kettner Blvd.
2. Black Bloody Mary, Madison on Park Activated charcoal… in a cocktail? Brilliant. The natural detoxifier is the perfect addition to the classic mix (big thanks to Matt Sieve for this life-saving recipe). Pair it with the G.O.A.T., a breakfast sandwich with ham, egg, Swiss and goat cheese, apricot habanero jam and peppery arugula, and you’ll leave feeling like a new person. 4622 Park Blvd.
3. The Barn Yard, Farmer’s Table This drink takes over-the-top to a new level with andouille sausage, bacon-wrapped shrimp and even oven-roasted chicken stacked high on the glass. The hearty sip was a collab creation between co-owner Vincenzo Loverso and Creative Director Preston Cobb, who recommends the egg sandwich and a side of truffle fries to pair. Multiple locations
4. Double Bloody, Farmer & the Seahorse A combination of lime, lemon, olive and pickle juices with Major Peter Bloody Mary Mix, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce creates the perfect tart-to-savory ratio in this cocktail. Garnished with jalapeno, basil leaf, a strip of bacon, celery and a pickle, it’s a perfect juxtaposition to the crab Benedict. 10996 Torreyana Road
5. Bloody Mary Bar, Hotel Del Coronado Head to the Crown Room brunch for health-conscious, vegan or gluten-free bloody marys made with San Marzano tomatoes, freshly crushed black peppercorns and various seasonings. Each drink can be topped with fresh garnishes like cucumber spears, pickled veggies and crab legs, and pairs great with any seafood items on the menu—we’re heading straight for the new oyster and poke stations. 1500 Orange Ave.
Photography by: rimowa photo courtesy of rimowa; double bloody photo by Crave Imagery | black bloody mary photo courtesy of madison on park | bloody mary bar photo courtesy of hotel del coronado