Who doesn't love a socially acceptable reason to grab a delicious cocktail before lunch?
Delicious, offered on brunch menus everywhere, possibly nutritious and an unusual combination of tart and spicy, bloody marys are the delightfully weird stepchild of the cocktail world.
People don't agree on the history or the exact recipe for the much-beloved drink, but almost everyone knows that you need to start with tomato juice and vodka.
From there, you can pick from a wide range of savory and salty sauces to create a spin-off of the classic drink. You can also pop into the Northwest Women's Show to take advantage of a full bloody mary bar.
Extra-spicy, triple-threat bloody mary
One of the best things about bloody marys is that they're one of the few cocktails with a kick.
Start all of your bloody mary recipes with 4 ounces of tomato juice, 2 ounces of Tito's Handmade Vodka and some tomato paste to taste.
For this extra-spicy bloody mary, add 2 teaspoons of horseradish, 1 teaspoon of rough black pepper, 2 ounces of lemon juice, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and some of your favorite hot sauce.
Next, salt the rim, add a bit of ground white pepper and add plenty of ice.
Garnish with (what else?) a banana pepper and some cocktail onions on a skewer.
Spring fresh bloody mary
This recipe is perfect for sipping on a warm spring or summer afternoon, and the refreshing veggies you'll add for your garnish may just cancel out the unhealthiest parts of the cocktail.
Whether or not this dubious logic holds, the spring bloody mary is still a delicious pick.
Take your standard 4 ounces of tomato juice, 2 ounces of Tito's Handmade Vodka and some tomato paste to taste. Then add 2 ounces of lemon juice and 2 ounces of celery juice to lighten the base with plenty of ice.
Add 1 teaspoon each of ground white pepper and celery salt, and a dash of Tabasco and Cholula sauce.
Next, make a skewer with cherry tomatoes, sliced carrots and green olives.
Add a leafy celery stick for the finishing touch.
Southwestern bloody mary
This bloody mary goes well with a Mexican food feast.
Get your base ready (don't forget the vodka magic ingredient!). Add dashes of Tabasco, Cholula and 2 ounces of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
Next, add some Southwest seasoning from a mix and some black pepper.
Garnish this fiesta drink with some pickled jalapeno and the standard celery stick for aesthetic effect.
Savory bacon mary
Non-bloody mary fans are bound to look shocked when they see this delicious brunch favorite.
Prepare your base with 2 teaspoons of tomato paste and add 2 ounces of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
Add a generous dose of Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and cucumber juice. Mix in rough black pepper, ground white pepper and a portion of ice.
Now, the garnish is where you're really going to go crazy: fry up some delicious thick-cut bacon and make sure to let it cool in the refrigerator until stiff.
Make a skewer with green olives and cocktail onions and stick it in your glass. For the final touch, put one large piece of bacon in to get your protein for the day.
Make your bloody mary at the Northwest Women's Show
If you're looking to sample a couple of different types of bloody marys, stop by the So Northwest Women's Show, Feb. 24-25 at the Tacoma Dome.
Design and enjoy your custom Tito's bloody mary in the Tito's Lounge while watching the fashion show, live performances, and Q&As with ABC talent.
Don't miss out on all the fun or the drinks! Purchase tickets now.