Bloody Brilliant

Four must-try Bloody Mary concoctions
Taylor Mathis
Craft your own personal version at the Bloody Mary bar at Dandelion Market.

YOU CAN travel the world—or the city—and never have the same Bloody Mary twice. Here are four local versions that should be on your radar.

Better With Bacon

Terrace Café’s Bacon Bloody Mary ($8) is a smoky twist on this standby. The combination of a fruity and almost sweet tomato base along with the smooth hickory-smoke taste of bacon makes for an unusual—and delicious—Bloody Mary experience. With a little dash of heat from black pepper and a strip of bacon as a garnish: delicious. 4625 Piedmont Row Dr., 704-554-6177; 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, 704-369-5190

Belly Up To The Bar

The Bloody Mary bar ($7) at Dandelion Market offers a choice of house blends or vegetable juice as a base for mix-ins such as onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, celery salt, and chili powder. Add any of the dozen or so hot sauces plus a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce, and then round it out with horseradish, lemons, limes, pickled peppers, olives, and celery. 118 W. 5th St., 704-333-7989

The Classic

Sign up to become a member of Dilworth Billiards so you can enjoy a traditional Bloody Mary ($5) any time. A classic execution brings together tomato juice, Worcestershire, a bit of horseradish, a dash of hot sauce, black pepper, and baby dill pickles to create the time-honored and delicious beverage. The billiards bar never uses a mix, so you can be sure you’ll never have quite the same drink twice. 300 E. Tremont Ave., 704-333-3021  

Spiced Up
On the menu at Bad Daddy’s, the Bloody Mary ($10) is marked with a star for spicy—and this drink is definitely not for the faint of heart. Absolut Peppar, Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix, and horseradish are mixed and poured over ice, under a rim garnished with lemon pepper and traditional celery salt. The notes of lemon from the rim are an excellent accent, along with two giant skewered olives and a massive slice of cucumber. 1626 East Blvd., 704-714-4888; 15105 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-919-2700

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