What alcohol makes the best Bloody Mary?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

When it comes to making the best Bloody Mary, the choice of alcohol can truly make or break the drink. The right alcohol can elevate the flavors and add depth to the cocktail, while the wrong choice can leave you with a lackluster and uninspiring drink. Over the years, I have experimented with various alcohols to find the perfect addition to my Bloody Mary recipe. Here are 8 bottles that I have found to be formidable additions to a spicy, tangy, and perfectly balanced Bloody Mary.

1. Tito’s Handmade Vodka: Tito’s is a classic choice for a Bloody Mary. Its smooth and clean taste allows the other flavors to shine through without overpowering the drink. Made in small batches from corn, Tito’s Handmade Vodka adds a subtle sweetness to the cocktail.

2. Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka: If you’re looking for a vodka with a velvety texture and a hint of earthiness, Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka is an excellent choice. Made from locally grown Pennsylvania potatoes, this vodka imparts a unique flavor profile that pairs beautifully with the bold flavors of a Bloody Mary.

3. Chase Oak Smoked Vodka: For a smoky twist on a classic Bloody Mary, look no further than Chase Oak Smoked Vodka. This English vodka is made using traditional smoking methods with English oak chips, resulting in a rich and robust flavor. The smokiness adds depth and complexity to the cocktail.

4. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka: If you enjoy a little kick in your Bloody Mary, Dixie Black Pepper Vodka is the way to go. Infused with black peppercorns, this Southern vodka brings a fiery heat to the drink, enhancing the spiciness of the tomato juice and other seasonings.

5. Bowmore 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky: If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something different, consider adding a splash of Bowmore 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky to your Bloody Mary. The smoky and peaty notes of this Islay whisky add a unique twist to the cocktail, creating a bold and complex flavor profile.

6. Absolut Peppar Vodka: For those who love the heat, Absolut Peppar Vodka is a fantastic choice. Infused with jalapeno, green bell pepper, and spicy chili flavors, this vodka packs a punch and adds a fiery kick to your Bloody Mary.

7. Apaluz Mezcal: If you’re in the mood for a smoky and slightly sweet Bloody Mary, Apaluz Mezcal is a great option. Made from agave, this Mexican spirit brings a distinct smokiness to the cocktail, along with a touch of sweetness and herbal notes.

8. Moletto Gin: For a refreshing and herbaceous twist on a Bloody Mary, try adding Moletto Gin. Made with a blend of botanicals, including juniper berries, coriander, and citrus peel, this Italian gin adds a bright and lively character to the cocktail.

Bonus: Linie Aquavit. Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that is traditionally infused with herbs and spices. Linie Aquavit, in particular, is aged in oak casks and travels across the equator, giving it a unique flavor profile. Adding a splash of Linie Aquavit to your Bloody Mary can bring an interesting herbal and spicy twist to the drink.

These are just a few options to consider when choosing the alcohol for your Bloody Mary. Ultimately, the best choice will depend on your personal preferences and the flavor profile you want to achieve. So go ahead, experiment, and find the perfect bottle to take your Bloody Mary to the next level. Cheers!