What better way to wrap up Cocktail Week than with a little hair of the dog? And not just your regular plain old boring brunch drinks. No, it's going to take more than a piece of bacon or some jumbo shrimp to stand out in this crowd of totally bonkers Bloody Marys across the United States. Tater Tots? Sure. Donuts? Why not. How about a fried pickle? Or a flight tasting of different types of Bloody Mary? Or a mini bacon cheeseburger? (Yes, really, a mini bacon cheeseburger.) Below, 16 of the most wild Bloody Mary's across the country. Did we miss something from your area that's truly out there? Do speak up in the comments.
The Bloody Masterpiece at Sobelman's, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Is that a bacon cheeseburger on top of that Bloody Mary? Why yes, yes it is. And if that's not enough, it comes with a beer back. [Sobelman's]
The Bloody Best at the Nook, Atlanta, Georgia
The Bloody Best, as it's called, is topped with bacon, pepperoncinis, blue cheese stuffed olives, tater tots, steak, a slice of toast, and a hard-boiled egg. Also it comes with a beef straw. [Photo]
The Bloody Homer at the Icehouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Chef's Skewer Bloody Mary at Haute Dish, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Any of Haute Dish's four styles of Bloody Mary can have a Chef's Skewer added for $3, a selection of pickles, cheeses, and, yes, a chicken wing. [Photo]
The Bloody Mary Flight at Bluephies, Madison Wisconsin
Bluephies serves a Bloody Mary flight: an eight-ounce serving of their regular Bloody, their chipotle-infused Bloody Maria, and their Fat Boy, which includes "bacon infused vodka, spiced tomato juice, celery, jalapeno stuffed olives, cocktail onions, pickled asparagus, pickled mushrooms, a strip of bacon, and string cheese." [Photo]
The Fooze Bloody Mary at Buck's Naked BBQ, Three Locations, Maine
Buck's Naked BBQ — which just opened its third location in Portland — has an entire section of their menu entitled "Fooze." That is, cocktails that come with a rib on top. The Bloody Mary is no exception. [Photo]
The Burger Strip Bloody Mary at AJ Bombers, Two Locations, Wisconsin
AG Bombers' secret recipe Bloody Mary is topped with all kinds of stuff, including a "burger strip" with muenster and bacon. [Photo]
The Inside Out Bloody Mary, Mosaic, St. Louis
Mosaic's "Inside Out" Bloody Mary features Bloody Mary mix ice cubes floating in vodka. [Photo]
Fried Pickle-Topped Bloody Marys at Half & Half, St. Louis
This brunch/lunch spot serves a fried pickle — in a beer batter made from local Schlafly beer — on top of its Bloody Marys. [Photo]
The Bloody Mary at Husk, Charleston
Husk's Bloody Mary is composed of 28 secret ingredients, at least one of which is a paper thin slice of country ham. [Photo]
The Bottle Aged Bloody Mary at the Woodsman Tavern, Portland, Oregon
Forget that "fresh" business: check out the Woodsman Tavern's bottle aged Bloody Marys if you like your brunch drinks with a little maturity. [Photo]
The Persian Bloody Mary at Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
The bright color of Foreign Cinema's Persian Bloody Mary is enough to wake you up, but add curry and balsamic vinegar and you've got a refreshing twist on a classic.
The Liquid Tailgate at Parlor Sports, Somerville, Massachussetts
Who needs brunch when you've got a Liquid Tailgate: a Bloody Mary with "Appalachian Thermonuclear Beef Jerky- infused vodka, a housemade "mud" horseradish sauce, and tomato juice."
The Bloody Mary at Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colorado
Pizzeria Locale does a pizza-style Bloody Mary, featuring Italian apertif Dimi Liquore di Milano in place of vodka. The base for the mix is the same one used on their pizzas, and it's topped with Fior di Latte Mozzarella.