This spring, make a plan to hop in your convertible and head from Miami to SoCal for some of the best Bloody Marys in the country. This traditional anytime-of-the-day drink trend is showing no sign of fading in the near future. Below are seven of the best Bloody Marys in the southern half of the United States, from Miami to New Orleans, then Denver to Los Angeles, with eventual arrival in San Diego.
Bistro One LR | Miami, FL
At Miami’s Bistro One LR, the signature Bloody Mary is garnished with a celery, lime and a crispy Florida shrimp.
Bistro Bal Harbour | Miami, FL
Another bistro Bloody Mary, one mixed at Bistro Bal Harbour in Miami, is the truffle-infused Garden Bloody Mary featuring Black Moth Vodka and spicy tomato juice.
Carousel Bar of Hotel Monteleone | New Orleans, LA
The Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar’s Bloody Mary is definitely the best in New Orleans and one of the best in the country. People from all over the world hop onto one of the merry-go-round bar seats to ride and sip at the same time. Just remember to use the stir stick you are provided, as bartenders here do not do the stirring for you. Served with a salted rim, spiced bean and lime wedge, the Carousel Bar’s version is one of the more traditional Bloody Marys on our list.
Fire Restaurant | Denver, CO
Fire Restaurant in Denver’s The ART Hotel serves a meaty Bloody Mary with a Colorado lamb, bison or beef slider on top. The cocktail is also served with the traditional celery stalk, a green chili and an olive.
Paleta | Los Angeles, CA
Paleta Los Angeles’ Agave Maria turns the traditional Bloody Mary into a zippy veggie favorite. Fresh vegetables dress up the restaurant’s branded mix with tomato, red bell pepper, carrot, romaine lettuce, jalapeno and horseradish.
Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge | San Diego, CA
Love a good beer flight? Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge has the common beer flight beat with their Bloody Mary Flight. Three of the Firehouse’s regional bloodies are delivered in a beautiful and colorful arrangement which includes the Southwest made with mescal, Northeast made with vodka and Midwest made with Jack Daniels, all in Mason jars.
The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA
You would expect a spa to use flavorfully fresh ingredients in their Bloody Mary. The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn delivers on that expectation with their Bloody Rosemary. This pretty concoction includes rosemary-infused vodka, tomato, olive juice, seasonings and lime. Cherry tomatoes, olives and a sprig of the chef’s garden-fresh rosemary dress it beautifully.