Hands down the best Bloody Mary I have ever had was in Boston at Stephanie's on Newberry. Aside from the fact it is was absolutely freezing while we brunched, they have a cute little card that lets you build your own bloody! The options were incredible. Blue cheese stuffed olives, bacon, red hot cheery pepper, and caper berries just to name a few!
I must say the key to any great homemade Bloody Mary is definitely the type of liquor. Plain old vodka is good but Absolut Pepper is a plus! Also adding a splash of Tequila infused with pepper is the absolute best!
Here is the recipe I use: (Thanks Ina Garten)
3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1 1/2 cups Absolut Pepper for extra kick if not plain vodka does the trick
We are stepping it up this year and adding a topping station where one can add in extra's like at Stephanie's! So far the toppings in the running are: Bacon (duh), blue cheese stuffed olives, slim jims, and a dill pickle spear! Do you have any secret ingredients that make your Bloody Mary? Spill!
This is a photo of my Stephanie's on Newberry's drink:
Build your own! I may or may not have copied a few ideas from this....