Bloody Marys: 5 Must-Try Riffs On A Brunch Classic

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Across St. Louis, chefs and bar managers are mixing up unique variations of our favorite mid-morning cocktail, making the bloody mary much more than V8 with a splash of vodka and a stalk of celery. Before finalizing your plans for Sunday brunch this weekend, take a look at five of the best riffs on the classic brunch beverage.

Image courtesy of Corey Cuff

Image courtesy of Corey Cuff

Cielo 

The restaurant that’s known for its breath-taking views of the Arch has put a modern twist on their weekend bloody mary bar thanks to the creative genius of bar manager Cory Cuff. Guests at Cielo  customize their bottomless cocktails by tossing in a few flavored ice cubes. For the traditionalists there are cubes of cucumber and celery, but more adventurous foodies may enjoy the newest addition: an Asian-inspired black garlic and toasted sesame. For only $12, the free refills make this bloody mary bar a DIY meal in itself.

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

A spot famous for its award-winning cupcakes, not many people would think of Jilly’s as the place to get a carefully crafted cocktail. Surprisingly enough, they crank out more than just cakes on weekends, including a bloody mary with a smokey punch from a cut of their homemade beef jerky.

Herbie’s Vintage 72

Tucked away on a picturesque stretch of the Central West End, brunch at Herbie’s is a perfect weekend treat. Feel free to take your time sauntering up to the bar to personally craft your bloody to your liking. At Herbie’s, the hardest part of your Sunday is pondering what combination you’ll create from the housemade mixes and pickled vegetables in the mason jars lining the bar top. Back at your table your shot of vodka will be waiting, allowing you to add as much or as little buzz to your Sunday brunch. Never fear if the first round isn’t perfect, because for $12 the bloodies are bottomless.

Image courtesy of Gringo

Image courtesy of Gringo

Gringo 

While Gringo may be new to the brunch game, its bar staff is certainly pro at pumping out quality cocktails. For its first morning menu on Oct. 27, Gringo offered a south of the border twist on a bloody mary called, “Maria Maria,” made with  Lunazul Reposado tequila, house-made chile de árbol-tomato sangrita and coarse chile powder.

Rooster

This brunch hot spot certainly knows a thing or two about perfect crepes, but Rooster is just as serious when it comes to their morning cocktails. With 11 elaborate blood marys on the menu, there’s something for everyone’s liking—from their kicked up 17-ingredient house original to the “bloody pirate” with dark rum or the “bloody fairy” with absinthe.

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