Field Notes

Bloody Mary Variations

For every brilliant Bloody Mary variation we’ve tried, there have been 10 others that have made us cringe. It’s entirely too easy for this cocktail to jump the shark; the garnish game alone can resemble a salad bar in the wrong hands.

One of the easiest ways to experiment within the confines of simplicity, however, is to try your bloody mary with different chili sources: instead of Tabasco, try Sriracha or harissa, then match the condiments accordingly. Here are some of our favorite flavor variations.

  • Harissa and preserved lemon (garnished with Moroccan olives)
  • Sriracha and lime with a brown sugar rim
  • Gojuchang (garnished with kimchee)