22 Oct Best Bloody Marys
Local favorites for the spicy, tomato-based cocktail
There are Bloody Mary people and there are Mimosa people. You know who you are. If you are a Bloody Mary loyalist, you’re on the lookout for specialty infused vodka, secret-recipe mixer, and a glass stuffed with everything from bacon to blue-cheese-stuffed olives. Here are some of our favorite Marys from around Central Oregon.
Chipotle Bacon Bloody Mary
Rockin’ Daves Bagel Bistro & Catering Company | 661 NE Greenwood Avenue, Bend
This unassuming bagel shop on Greenwood has an excellent Chipotle Bacon Bloody Mary. Chipotle peppers and barbecue sauce are added to a spicy tomato juice mixer, which gives this Mary a sweet, smoky flavor. Bacon-infused vodka and a crisp piece of bacon add in the right balance, making this one of the best Marys in Central Oregon.
Ranch Hand Mary
Ranch House at Brasada Ranch | 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Road, Powell Butte
The Ranch Hand Mary is served in a slender 20-ounce glass with a stalk of celery and candied maple bacon garnish. Choose your level of spiciness while enjoying beautiful ranch views off the back deck.
Bloody Mary and Her Friends
Pine Tavern | 967 NW Brooks Street, Bend
Pine Tavern has twelve Bloody Mary-inspired cocktails to choose from, including a Caprese Mary made with fresh basil and balsamic reduction and garnished with mozzarella and tomato; a Bloody Maria made with tequila instead of vodka; and a Bloody Caesar made with Clamato juice. Mary’s friends also include a Bloody Beer—that’s tomato juice and spices added to your favorite beer. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
The Gallery Restaurant and Bar | 171 W. Cascade Avenue, Sisters
If you haven’t been to The Gallery in Sisters, go and enjoy a ranch-style breakfast in a big, comfy booth. There’s nothing fancy about a Gallery Bloody Mary. That’s a good thing. Served in a bucket glass, it’s strong, salty and spicy with little garnish and little fuss.
The Game Changer
The Hideaway Tavern and Sports Bar | 939 SE 2nd Street, Bend
The Hideaway’s sister restaurant, The Victorian Café, has one of the most popular Bloody Marys in Bend. You can get that same pepper-infused vodka Bloody Mary at The Hideaway, with the addition of a signature fried blue cheese ball. Served in a 24-ounce glass, The Game Changer Bloody Mary is also garnished with a jumbo prawn, candied bacon, bread stick and olives. The Hideaway is open for breakfast on weekends and every evening for nighttime Bloody Mary cravings.
Classic Bloody Mary
Rather make your own Bloodys at home on a leisurely Sunday morning? Buy a variety of mixers at the store or try this classic recipe.
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
2 to 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
Pinch of coarse salt or sea salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Pinch of celery salt or seeds, crushed
Wedges of lemon and lime
Combine the vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco Sauce, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt in a cocktail shaker over ice, and mix. Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a wedge each of lemon and lime. If you are hungry, add a tender celery stalk.