Which State has America's Best Bloody Mary?

Monday, October 05, 2015

Bloody Marys are an American brunch staple, with much of their own identity as spiked spicy tomato juice compared to the Californian mimosa concept. The challenge for the Food Network Chopped judges was to first squirm their way through anxious yet affluent crowds of fans in order to taste the vivaciously creative drink at the New York Food and Wine Festival (#NYCWFF) Bloody Mary Chopped Competition.

Read on to see which of the 10 states provided The Best Bloody Mary in America.

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Pennsylvania's Garden Mary
Absolut Peppar
Absolut Cilantro
Rather classic looking and tasting, it was tomato like on flavor, owing to its Worcestershire and tobacco sauces, with barely there undertones of horseradish. Irene Moretti of Tavola Restaurant and Bar fairly simple on garnish.
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New York’s Maggie’s Bloody Bowery
Absolut Peppar
With green heirloom tomatoes, garlic, tobacco, jalapeno, siracha, spicy mustard, chilli powder and tomatillos, this was no New York date night or kissing-over-brunch drink. Emmi Scelsi of Sons of Essex went rustic with an almost holiday hued red and green ombre drink.
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Tennessee’s Iber Miguel
Absolut Peppar
Absolut Cilantro
Trust me I have fond memories of Nashville, and with a dose of cilantro chutney, pico de galo and salsa verde atop a whole tortilla shell and a shot of tequila, we were channeling Mexico more than the illustrious south. Nonetheless, Gabriel Camp of Root Kitchen and Wine Bar’s rendition surprisingly more peppery than spicy, but definitely a whole brunch in one sip.
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Kentucky’s Yellow Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary
Absolut Pepper
Absolut Cilantro
The southern state kept it simple with heirloom tomato juice, pepper, lime and tobacco sauce was by Jeffrey Mayer of Saul Good Restaurant and Pub. Simple is good with Kentucky’s homemade goodness style.
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Florida’s Havana Mary
Absolut Original
Aloha Mango Mary! From the luscious tropical state, the Havana Mary by Josh Gonzalez of Lure Florida had fresh mango, lime juice, sugar cane juice, Cuban Coffee and bell peppers. For in Miami, the party-goers know how to wake up the neon infused crowds with this unlikely brown tinged drink, with goblets of spice and stories floating within.
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Louisiana’s Verde Mary
Absolut Citron
Melanie Glueck at Red Fish Grill used Absolut citron with jalapeno, tomatillo and heirloom puree, with a vegetable salad of sorts for a healthy flavor: cilantro, garlic and onion included! Garnished with a whole cherry tomato and an olive, it was an inviting green mix.
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Massachusetts' Hell Mary
Absolut 80
With a name like Hell, you must command spice! And with a yellow heirloom color, this was a visual miss by Arley Howard of Top of the Hub. Nonetheless, the raisin puree and roasted scotch bonnet added a sweet undertone that I salivated for! To think its not all in a name.
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Iowa's Duffy
Absolut Peppar
Perhaps I was hungry, but I couldn’t get past the healthy brunch platter atop the Bloody Mary by Marty Duffy of the Cellar Peanut Pub: asparagus, pepper, blue cheese olives, and pickles as a garnish!
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Indiana’s Bitter Mary
Absolut Original
Bloodless Mary did you say? Jessica of the JW Marriott went the mimosa way with a yellow drink with the original Absolut, Thai bitters, lemon, celery and bell peppers and… as the secret had it, yellow heirloom tomato juice!
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Texas’ A Bloody Beaux Thai
Absolut Cilantro
In the state that prides in everything bigger, the sheer volume of siracha and dose of chili was enough to knock me out. With a creole hot sauce, mustard and pickle juice, it was the elevation with a macabre chili, pepper and lemon garnish skewer that made this a winner.
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Literally, for David Wakefield at Tenoak swept the glory!
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And thus concluded a day of starry daylights, peppery aftertastes and sugar infused hangovers.

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