Anyone can make a Bloody Mary: add tomato juice to a healthy measure of vodka, douse with a splash or two of Worcestershire Sauce and some Tabasco if you’re feeling frisky. Dunk in a celery stick and you’re good to go. That’s the perfunctory way of doing it. When you want your BM taken to the next level, try a Proud Mary.
Available at six top London bars, each of the featured Proud Marys takes the core ingredients and elevates them into something truly special. The riffs on this most classic of drinks are all different, what unites them is the base – the perfectly rounded taste of Grey Goose Vodka. True, they’re more expensive than rustling one up for yourself at home but like we said, these are pretty spesh. Do yourself proud with one of these Marys.
The Ned’s Umami Mary
(Grey Goose Vodka, Port Charlotte, Umami Mix, tomato juice. Celery, pickled onion and pickled gherkin on a bamboo pick to garnish.)
£10, at The Ned
Blue Bar Bloody Mary
Grey Goose Vodka, Tio Pepe Fino, Blue Bar Spicy Mix, tomato juice, lemon juice. Olives ‘leather’ and celery to garnish.
£18, at the Blue Bar at The Berkeley
Berners Tavern Bloody Mary
(Grey Goose Vodka, cold tomato juice, with your choice of cherry tomatoes, anchovies, red peppercorn (roasted at the table), radish, caperberries, marinated olives, carrot, sundried tomatoes, gherkins, onions, celery, avocado and chilli.)
£14, at Berners Tavern
Swift Bloody Mary
(Grey Goose Vodka, Tabasco, lemon juice, Swift spice mix, celery juice, carrot juice, cherry tomato juice, tomato passata.)
£10, at Swift
The American Bar, Bloody Mary
(Grey Goose Vodka, fresh lemon juice, homemade spice mix, tomato juice. Cucumber and giant caper to garnish.)
£18, at the American Bar at the Savoy