Bloody Mary is a cocktail, first mentioned in the official press in 1939, normally includes vodka, tomato juice, lemon, spices, and other additives. The cocktail name underlines its characteristic blood-red color and is associated with the name of Queen Mary Tudor, who lived in the 16th century, nicknamed Bloody for reprisals against Protestants.
Bloody Mary is one of the official cocktails, approved by the International Bar Association and remains one of the most topical cocktails around the world.
Austin, famous for its Tex-Mex cuisine, can offer multiple variants of its recipe which can meet the most sophisticated requirements of connoisseurs.
#1. Casino El Camino
517, E 6th St,
Austin, TX 78701
This cool dive bar, found near the corner of 6th Street and Red River, offers awesome food and drinks, including Bloody Mary. Many regulars come here to take only Bloody Mary even at brunch time. There’s a BM spicy scale, from 1 to 10. 1 is a jalapeño, 3 – Serrano, 5 – Habanero, and above number 5 they start adding ghost peppers up to 10.
Number 10 has some scorpion pepper extract and all the other stuff is doubled. The BM basic accouterment includes pickled okra, celery, a couple small olives, and a slice of bacon. So, their version of Bloody Mary is a sheer meal in the glass.
#2. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
303, Red River St,
Austin, TX 78701
Moonshine bar seems to be the great place for all occasions in downtown to get the night started before moving along 6th Street. In the Texan version of the Bloody Mary comprises several variants, like Bloody Sam where moonshine, a highly distilled corn spirit, is used instead of vodka and Sam Maniac Killer, in which moonshine is taken instead of vodka and hot chili sauce or ketchup instead of tomato juice.
Try here Jalapeño Hanger Steak or Fajita Steak with Salsa Verde and the side of Green Chile Grits with a glass of Bloody Mary cocktail.
#3. Snooze An AM Eatery
3800, N Lamar Blvd,
Austin, TX 78756
This Colorado-based chain restaurant is a decent brunch and lunch place. Located in Rosedale on S. Lamar Boulevard, it offers a wonderfully extensive menu of food and drinks. Their Bloody Mary cocktail will never let you down and the food will have you coming back every week.
You can try their Bangkok Bloody Mary, usually called Siam Mary. It is a complex combination of branded Thai spicy, savory, sweet, and salty flavors, resulting in a unique and unforgettable version of the classic BM.
#4. South Congress Café
1600, S Congress Ave,
Austin, TX 78704
This is a mandatory breakfast/brunch stop nestled in SoCo, South Austin with a very cool West Coast feel where you can take probably the best Bloody Mary in the city. Their huge BM has a perfect amount of horseradish and infused with bell peppers.
The barman usually makes it a bit heavier on the vodka, but, that’s just a personal preference. The mix itself is very well done and BM tastes homemade here.
2402, San Gabriel St,
Austin, TX 78705
This restaurant, situated in the University West Campus, is not a typical BBQ house with cool old New Orleans atmosphere. Here you can take great drinks, including Bloody Mary cocktail, in which, in addition to traditional vodka and tomato juice, colorful southern species are added.
Bloody Mary in Cajun style is not served without sharp sauce, jalapeno, and horseradish. Order the Holy Trinity Plate, Brisket, Pork Ribs, and Sausage with huge and flavorful BM and you will not be disappointed.
407, Colorado St,
Austin, TX 78701
This restaurant, situated in the Warehouse District, downtown, would be a perfect venue to listen to the live music with a glass of Bloody Mary. If you are BM’s fan, you must get the Bacon Infused Tito’s Vodka Bloody Mary.
Bacon Vodka, produced in Austin since 2009, tastes like … pork bacon. It does not have absolutely any artificial flavors and alcohol is obtained only from potatoes. The Bacon vodka is used in some elite bars for the perfect BM cocktails. It would be great with South Carolina BBQ.
#7. Swift’s Attic
315, Congress Ave,
Austin, TX 78701
This is a good place in downtown to come for delicious food like Korean BBQ beef with spicy Kimchi flavor and sweet Galbi sauce with various drinks and vegetables. One of the most refined ways to make the Bloody Mary cocktail requires two glasses – a narrow short and a highball, named also Collins glass or Slim Jim.
Vodka is poured into a short glass, which must be covered with a highball glass. Then, the highball glass is quickly turned upside down. The surface tension of vodka does not allow it to flow out. Then, some thick tomato juice is poured into the highball glass around the short. After that, the short glass is gently pulled out and you will get vodka in the middle of tomato juice. It’s fantastic!
#8. Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704, E 5th St,
Austin, TX 78702
This place is located next to the Tamale House East, right near the train tracks. Outside, there are several wooden booths where you can take your meal with a BM cocktail, for instance. Pork belly, tuna or shrimp with grits for lunch would match your yummy Bloody Mary, decorated with a thin slice of tomato, lime, and celery shoot. Maybe you have seen The Cocktail movie where a barman, whose role is played by Tom Cruise, clearly demonstrates the right preparation of Bloody Mary cocktail.
#9. The Buzz Mill
1505 Town Creek Dr,
Austin, TX 78741
The Buzz Mill in East Riverside gets a 5 star for simply having the best Bloody Mary in the city. They have a homemade pickle-infused vodka and you can ask the barman to add any garnish for your BM. The branded cocktail Bloody Mary in the classic Texan style is a combination of some traditional vodka with a rough taste of tequila goes back to the local Mexican roots and also includes thick tomato juice, lemon juice, sugar, and olives. Both hot jalapeno pepper and Cajun seasonings give this cocktail a piquant and vivid taste.
#10. Rio Rita
1203, Chicon St,
Austin, TX 78702
Rio Rita in East Austin with fun and very hipster atmosphere offers great liquors, taken both indoor and outdoor. It is open from 10 am and definitely deserves visiting. They have infused vodka, so maybe that makes Bloody Mary perfect. The popular version of Bloody Mary is a cocktail, in which the ingredients do not mix, but are layered – the juice is below and transparent vodka is on the top. To do this, the barman first takes some tomato juice with spicies and then slowly adds some vodka using a knife, so they do not mix. First, vodka is drunk, which is immediately followed by tomato juice.