Food & Drink

New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Guide

That hangover is not going to soothe itself. You’re in luck. We have the ultimate guide to the world’s foremost hair of the dog drink––the good ‘ol Bloody Mary. From bay-leaf-infused celery vodka to a build-it-yourself bar, New Year’s Day might turn into more of a party than the night before.

Connie & Ted’s

Chef Michael Cimarusti’s ode to New England coastal eaterieshas one of the best weekend brunch programs in town. Their Bloody is bloody famous, and it starts with a bayleaf and celery-infused vodka. Spices and bright tomato add a layer of tart kick, and like everything else on their menu, this cocktail is made entirely in-house. Paired with an open-faced crab cake sandwich or the decadent lobster omelet, it’s a hangover’s demise for certain.

Jones Hollywood

“Better ingredients from top to bottom makes a better drink top to bottom,” offers Keith McCarthy, General Manager at Jones Hollywood.

Dirty Sue premium olive juice is the secret Bloody Mary ingredient that keeps people coming back and keeps Jones at the top of the lists of LA’s best Bloody Marys.

“The whole reason Dirty Sue exists,” he continues, “is to be consumed as a cocktail ingredient, and, as such, far more care is invested in the quality of the juice and the consistency of the recipe. Dirty Sue lends a rich, savory flavor to a Bloody Mary. Oh, and the guy who invented it was the bar manager here for like 15 years. So … there’s that too.”

Hamburger Mary’s

The Saturday and Sunday Drag Brunches are ample reason to drag yourself out of bed. New Year’s Day, we expect long lines to enter this sainted institution, where delicious, greasy burgers come with a comedic side of sass.They plan on throwing a big Drag Brunch on January 1, and while you can partake the option of Bottomless Mimosas, we suggest at least one, truly classic Bloody Mary. Mary’s has a great kick of vodka and plenty of vitamins and spice, via a house-made tomato mix.

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker

Ultra-fresh ingredients and daily-squeezed citrus are cornerstones to making the world’s best craft cocktails. BBCM (as it’s affectionately known) sources seasonal produce from local farms. They’ve got a penchant for staying as organic and sustainable as possible, too, making it an outstanding option for a farm-fresh Bloody Mary. They don’t stop at the usuals of tomato juice, vodka and a splash of spice, however. Their concoction comes piled high with an entire, tiny ham-and-cheese sandwich on toasted bread. It’s skewered alongside olives, pickles, and a ripe tomato and is beset by a celery stalk and fresh lime wedges. 

The Belmont

Their house Bloody Mary mix arrives to your table and the rest is up to you at their DIY Bloody Mary bar, for only $12. You have your choice of toppings and additions, from gin to vodka, alongside spicy peppers, pickles, and herbs, plus fun garnishes and plenty of citrus. This New Year’s Day brunch will go all day, with Mimosa and Champagne deals for those who prefer something a little less savory, and the menu will include fan-favorites like their Breakfast Avocado Toast, Biscuits & Gravy Benedict and Spicy Turkey Scrambles.

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