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Ten Best Bloody Marys in Miami: Liquid Breakfast

It's a beautiful Sunday morning. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and you have a long day ahead of you to do nothing at all. There's only one thing on the calendar -- brunch with friends. That also means a cold, spicy Bloody Mary. 

The origins of the bloody mary are hazy, but most believe it originated in the roaring 20's as a morning-after remedy for hangovers. A base bloody is simple -- vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, a little lemon juice, but that's merely the canvas upon which a truly artistic bartender begins his masterpiece.

Bloody marys in Miami range from sophisticated martinis to something that mostly resembles a salad bar.  GreenStreet in Coconut Grove won the 2011 BOM prize for best bloody mary. Here are ten others you should try. Think of it as ten Sundays worth of research.

10. Bourbon Steak
Sidle over to the backlit bar and ask your barkeep

for a bloody ($11) at this Turnberry palace of meat. What makes this

bloody so bloody special?  Unlike many restaurants, Bourbon Steak makes

their own bloody mary mix, a blend of Worcestershire, olive brine,

Tabasco, smoked salt, fresh horseradish, and white pepper.  This spicy

blend is then mixed with fresh tomato juice and premium vodka. A bloody

worthy of the 1%, but we like it too.

9. Van Dyke Cafe

something about Lincoln Road on a Sunday morning before the throngs of

tourists, daytrippers, and mimes swarm the place.  Green parrots squawk

and church bells ring in the distance, as you sip Van Dyke's ultimate bloody mary ($11) in the

shade. You check the weather on your iPhone. Sunny and 70 degrees? Just another day in paradise.

8. Rosa Mexicano

it's untraditional, but we're adding Rosa Mexicano's Michelada to our

list. El Betabel is made with Pacifico beer,

beet juice, fresh lime and Cholula. It's refreshing, spicy, and some

consider it the bloody mary of Mexico, so it makes the grade.

7. Scotty's Landing
Scotty's Landing is the place you take your

cousins from the midwest when you want to either charm them or scare

them (depending on whether they have cleanliness issues). True, your

feet stick to the ground and you might be sharing your table with a

German Shepherd, but this is one of the few places in Miami where you

have a waterfront view without spending a car payment on your

meal. Cop a squat, order a bloody made with locally-bottled Captain

Rick's hot sauce ($6.99) and pick out the yacht you want to sail away


6. Berries in the Grove
Berries in the Grove has a

perpetual wait for a table. so we suggest heading straight for the bar on a Sunday morning to order your $5 bloody mary made with L'Chaim kosher

vodka -- extra spicy, please. Served with all the required garnishes -

olives, celery, lemon and lime wedge, this bloody is satisfying and

thick with horseradish.  And that's completely kosher with us.

5. Barceloneta

it to the guys behind the hottest trio of restaurants in Miami Beach to

combine a meal and a cocktail. Barceloneta's gazpacho bloody mary is a

creamy and refreshing hit of potent flavors. Fresh tomatoes, cilantro,

cream all combine with an adrenaline jolt of vodka. Guaranteed to wake

you up and fill your tummy at the same time.

4. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

something more sophisticated than the traditional bloody?  Maybe you've

just walked through a dozen galleries and need a savory cocktail? Leave it to the artistic minds at Wynwood

Kitchen to come up with the Clare Rojas, a mix of hand-crafted tomato

cilantro water, vodka, Tabasco and lemon. Served in a chilled martini

glass, Clare provides the savory flavor of a Mary without the heaviness.

Mary might be your girl, but we bet you'll cheat on her with Clare from

time to time.

3. Edge Steak & Bar
Edge Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons

Hotel is our special Sunday splurge. The brunch is extravagant

(and at $75 per person it should be), but it includes unlimited mimosas,

mojitos, and bloody marys. Not just any bloody, mind you. This mary

comes with more accessories to dress her up than Barbie!  We're talking

pints of pickled peppers, smoked okra, blue cheese stuffed olives, jumbo

shrimp, house made pickles...and more.  Mary's the best dressed bloody

in town. If brunch is too rich for your blood, head over to the bar for a

standard bloody (still finely crafted by the master bartenders at Edge)

for $12. Because sometimes a girl's gotta dress down.

2. The Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar

Forge's brunch comes in at a down-to-earth (for Miami) $55, which

includes a buffet, entree, mimosa, and do-it-yourself bloody mary bar,

which includes several different kinds of tomato juice (we like the

golden fresh pressed heirloom tomato water) and carafes of vodka

(including an extra spicy pepper-infused variety).  We're particularly

enamored with the fact that we can load up our bloody with the dozen or

so olives and pickles that we desire without having to sheepishly ask

the bartender for yet one more skewer of cornichons.

1. Tudor House

your bloody mary on vacation. Would she go to a tropical Caribbean

island? Maybe she's more the Sonoran Desert type. Tudor House lets your bloody

fantasies run wild with their rose brunch bloody mary cart ($10).  The

Caribbean bloody mary adds pineapple and coconut rum, while the

Southwest version brings corn, tequila, and avocado into the mix. 

Better yet, build your own bloody with an insane amount of choices that

include pickled cauliflower, Slim Jims, jalapenos, garlic stuffed

olives, and fresh herbs.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss