When it comes to making a perfect Bloody Mary, the choice of vodka can make all the difference. A well-made Bloody Mary is a classic brunch cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. It’s a spicy and savory drink that’s perfect for a lazy weekend morning or a boozy brunch with friends. But with so many different types of vodka available, it can be hard to know which one to choose for your Bloody Mary.
The best vodka for a Bloody Mary is one that is smooth, clean, and doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the drink. It should have a neutral flavor profile that allows the tomato juice, spices, and other ingredients to shine through. Some people prefer a vodka with a bit of bite or spice to it, while others prefer a more mellow and subtle flavor. There are a few vodkas that are consistently recommended by bartenders and mixologists for making the perfect Bloody Mary.
Absolut crafted this flavored variety specifically for making bloody marys, so it's no wonder the brand’s popularity when making the drink. This vodka tastes like refreshing vodka with the additional flavor of freshly cracked black pepper. The spirit is an excellent option for adding heat, especially if you don’t have other ingredients on hand.
A Seattle-based brand creates this bacon-flavored vodka with tasty savory notes intended to be enjoyed in bloody marys. These flavors highlight salty tones in the cocktail while bringing their own umami. Surprisingly, Bakon Vodka is vegan, using pepper oils to recreate flavors from the meat product so all can enjoy it regardless of diet.
If you’re not a fan of extreme heat, don’t let habanero turn you off from this delicious spirit. While it does showcase spicy flavors, seven varieties of peppers were used in its creation so expect savory and sweet notes. The resulting vodka has a good balance, with some complex lemongrass notes coming through on the finish.
In contrast to others on this list, this is the best vodka for bloody mary recipes if you want to add a cooling element. Cucumber melds well with other vegetable flavors in the drink, while mint provides a refreshing note with a hint of spice. Use this spirit to tone down an already hot cocktail or create one at the spice level of your preference.
This green chile vodka brings more than just heat to its pepper-flavored vodka. Cilantro and lime enhance the five-pepper blend's fruitier notes, creating a taste profile similar to a well-balanced salsa. The resulting spirit has savory and sweet elements and a decent amount of heat, making it a perfect vodka for a bloody mary.
Unlike the other variety from Absolut vodka brand on this list, Elyx adds only refreshing vodka to bloody mary cocktails. The spirit’s flavor hints at its winter wheat grain mash, with notes of freshly baked bread paired with nutty undertones. These unique savory notes and a smooth, warming finish make this spirit an excellent addition to cocktails, including the bloody mary.
For some vodka lovers, nothing is better than a potato-based spirit like Chase’s. The vegetable brings a creamy, smooth texture to the spirit. The vodka is refreshing and clean, with earthy notes throughout, especially in the finish. These crisp flavors create a pleasant contrast for rich and savory bloody marys.
Good vodka starts with pure water. The Icelandic brand uses water from a glacial spring, creating a refreshing vodka perfect for mixing or drinking over ice. A balanced character and a smooth finish ensure this spirit doesn’t overwhelm other flavors, making it an excellent match for a bloody mary or any other complex cocktail.
Crops creates its spirits from organically grown American corn, making a clean-tasting vodka perfect for enhancing with flavors. The brand's tomato vodka contains the tanginess of freshly ripened tomato. These bright notes mix well into savory bloody marys, creating a nice balance in the cocktail.
Chopin provides the perfect option for those looking to add a spicy kick. The heat in this rye vodka showcases notes of fresh ground pepper rather than elements of fruity peppers like others on the list. This vodka’s distinct smoothness also makes it an excellent choice for cocktails that benefit from a crisp finish.
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