By Kristy Stevens-Young, Examiner.com
The holiday and winter months are full of friends, fun and often too much indulgence. When that happens, it’s time to turn to the healing powers of a strong Bloody Mary. When it comes to a good Bloody Mary, Seattle has choices abound. When good isn’t good enough, try one of these five locations where the Bloody Marys rise to a whole new level.
5239 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Bitterroot’s Bloody Marys are so good, you’ll wish you could replicate the taste at home. Luckily, the restaurant has no qualms about sharing its recipe: puréed, house-smoked tomatoes are mixed with an equal amount of tomato juice, grated horseradish, Tabasco, fresh lime juice, Worcestershire, black pepper, dried thyme, Spanish paprika, celery and kosher salt. The drink is garnished with pickled treats like okra, jalapeño and carrot and served with candied bacon. That’s right, there’s bacon in this drink! The Bloody Mary is served in a glass with a six-hour-smoked-salt rim. Since most people don’t have the equipment, or time, to copy the recipe, Bitterroot can be assured their customers will keep coming back for more.
Buckley’s on Queen Anne
232 1st Ave. W (at Thomas St.)
Seattle, WA 98119
Buckley’s Queen Anne location can be found just a few blocks away from the Seattle Center in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Their Bloody Mary’s unique flavor comes from owner Tim Buckley’s secret mix of close to 20 ingredients and is served with a beer chaser on the side. The yummy drink is definitely larger than what is served in most restaurants and comes garnished with multiple veggies to help bring back whatever nutrients last night’s drinks may have taken out.
Café Venus & Mars Bar
609 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98109
The Café Venus & Mars Bar offers a warm, comfy, setting to escape Seattle’s cold and rainy winters. To keep a hold of that warm feeling, try one of Venus & Mars’ Bloody Marys before heading back out. Made with a generous amount of Tabasco sauce, these cocktails deliver an extra punch of spiciness that’s sure to combat your post-party hangover. Also be sure to check out the tasty food menu that offers both veggie and vegan options.
Matt’s in the Market
94 Pike St.
Many Seattle partiers head over to Matt’s for one of his made-to-order Bloody Marys. The drinks are a mixture of aquavit, tomato juice, Worcestershire and hot sauce, and don’t be scared to let the bartender know if you want it extra hot. A snit (beer chaser) is served with the custom made Bloody Mary. Matt’s is located on the third level in Pike Place Market.
WildFin American Grill
835 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 427 -0127
When it comes to Bloody Marys, the WildFin American Grill has found a way to stand out from the rest. During their Saturday and Sunday brunches, this Issaquah restaurant puts out a Bloody Mary Bar along with the scrambled eggs. This $6.95 do-it-yourself option starts with a shot of regular, citron or pepper Absolut in a pint glass with a regular, spicy or bacon-salted rim. The customer then adds their own choices from dozens of hot sauces and mixers. To finish off each unique Bloody Mary, there are an abundance of garnishes from pickled vegetables to candied bacon to peppers. It’s a Bloody Mary lover’s dream drink!