There's certainly something special about that first sip of a Bloody Mary. Whether you've got the uglies from reveling the night before, or you just want to brunch with the best of them, a good Bloody is essential. Everyone has their own way of preparing the cocktail, but the basics remain the same – vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavors like Worcestershire, Tabasco, pickles, lemon, cayenne, and horseradish.
I am a personal fan of the Bloody Mary, and crave them pretty much on a weekly basis. Thankfully, a few of my favorites can be found right here in the great JC. So the next time you're in need of a hangover cure or just want to indulge in savory, sweet, salty, sour, umami treat, check these out.
White Star on Brunswick offers two different types of Bloody Mary's the classic and a pickled version. I like them equally for their complexity, uniqueness, and strength, and I will order both depending on my mood. They have a moderate density and a good ratio of tomato to vodka. The classic has a spicy kick with a nice blend of horseradish, whereas the pickled is a little more sweet and herbaceous from the pickle brine, but still has the tasty horseradish goodness.
Skinner's Loft does not disappoint with a more traditional spicy Bloody Mary. This is an OG with a Tabasco kick. It is smooth and light in texture and goes does down a little too easy – you can't have just one.
Amelia's is one of my favorite brunch spots to order in (it delivers perfectly and fast). However, when I do make it out of my apartment and into the bistro, it is usually for one of their $4 brunch Bloodys. They are spicy and awesomely priced. Pair these with the Lobster Hash or Shrimp and Grits and you are good to go.
Madame Claude Bis
Madame Claude's stepped up their game when they acquired a new home across Brunswick and became Madame Claude Bis. Now fully adorned with a beautiful bar, their spicy Bloody Mary is one to not be missed. It is a medium texture and full of heat, sometimes they even come adorned with jalapeños.
Marco & Pepe
Last, but not least, is Marco & Pepe. Marco & Pepe serves their Bloody Mary's with Tito's and their own house made mix. It is spicy and can be made spicier upon request. This was the first Bloody Mary I had in Jersey City, so I may be biased, but this is definitely one of my favorites. It is very light and thinner in texture. I love to add a squeeze of both lemon and lime, and order a few extra olives on the side.
BONUS: Make Your Own
And if leaving your cozy abode just seems too daunting, try making your own pitcher with my Bloody Mary recipe:
- 32 oz tomato juice (I like R .W. Knudsen Organic Tomato Juice)
- 2 cups vodka (Tito's preferably)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons horseradish
- 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) hot pepper sauce (A&B American or Tapatio)
- 2 pinches salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup of pickle brine, olive juice or pepperoncini juice
In a large pitcher, stir together tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Garnish with your fav accouterments and serve over ice.
Written by Jessi Dunham
Jessi is a long-time Jersey City resident and aficionado. Jessi loves anything culinary: cooking, restaurants, Staub pots, and real, good food. She is a certified holistic nutritionist, Pilates addict, and self-proclaimed epicure. You can check out her latest adventures – most likely involving food or exploring JC – on Instagram @jessieatsjc!