The Top 5 Vodkas for Bloody Marys

by Jennifer Karp August 12, 2019

Top 5 Vodkas for Bloody Marys

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“What is the best vodka for Bloody Gerry?” we were asked and our answer was, “whatever’s affordable for you”. For a few years we felt that our Bloody Gerry mix was the star of the show and could outshine any vodka good or bad, so it didn’t matter what vodka you used. Our go to was typically Tito’s because we like the vodka, the price and the company for their donations to dog rescues through their Vodka For Dog People program.

Recently we’ve been introduced to a few fantastic vodka brands that are setting the bar.

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  1. Greenbar Tru Garden Vodka

We first tried this vodka at their sprawling distillery in downtown Los Angeles and were absolutely blown away. We’ve tried infused vodkas before but man this is fresh! Greenbar Distillery has the largest portfolio of organic spirits in the world and lucky for us, they're in the heart of Los Angeles, less than 20 miles from us in Venice!

Tru Garden Vodka is green, herbal and garden fresh, this vodka captures the essence of spring. It’s a great base for savory cocktails that pair well with food so naturally, it makes for a fantastic bloody mary.

Ingredients: Wheat spirits, celery, dill, coriander, fennel, mint, thyme, pink peppercorn, cumin, vanilla beans

Alcohol by volume: 35 (70% Proof)

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  1. Zyr Vodka “The single highest-rated vodka from every major reviewer.” That’s a huge claim and they share it proudly. Their story and description of Zyr’s production reads like a fairytale, seriously, there are photos of Russian Vodka Fairies sprinkling pixie dust on the vodka. I can’t say if that’s their secret ingredient or not but what we can say is it’s unbelievably clean and smooth. To see if it was really as good as it claims to be we poured it into a chilled shot glass and sipped it, to really torture ourselves and it was impressively clean, smooth, and went down without even a tickle. We’d really be hard pressed to want to drink vodka neat but if we had to, we’d choose Zyr.

40% alcohol by volume, 80 proof


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  1. Absolut Peppar Vodka (pepper vodka)

This premium pepper flavored vodka is one of Gerry’s favorites, it’s hot, spicy and has a multiple peppery layers of flavor. By using 3 different peppers they’ve created a bright, vegetal spice from green bell pepper, chili pepper and jalapeño pepper. If you like spicy bloody marys you must try a Bloody Gerry with Absolut Pepar Vodka!


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  1. Effen Cucumber Vodka

When our bartender recommended this vodka with our bloody mary we were initially hesitant, cucumber is typically mixed with cocktails that err on the sweeter side and infused or flavored vodkas that weren’t distinctly savory never taste good when mixed with the robust Bloody Mary. This vodka is the exception, Effen Cucumber vodka has the essence of freshly harvested vine-ripened cucumbers and it creates a refreshing take on classic cocktails. When mixed with Bloody Gerry it’s unbelievably fresh, not sweet, but almost herbal and cool. It truly is a refreshing spin on the classic bloody mary.

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  1. Bloody Gerry’s Infused Vodka! It’s so easy to make your own infused vodka so we challenge you to try it and share your creation. Tag us when you do so we can see your cocktail infusion!

The most delicious vodka infusion was with thinly cut ribbons of lemon peel, whole pink peppercorns, black peppercorns and jalapeño pepper strips. Remember to remove the seeds so you don’t light your mouth (or ass) on fire! What we got was a zesty, peppery, fresh, citrusy vodka that was absolutely delicious in our Bloody Gerry.  Whether your go-to is Tito’s, Ketel One, Stolichnaya, Sobieski, Grey Goose, Reyka, Diamond Glacier, Belvedere, Chopin, or even… Popovs, a little infusion can go a long way.

We look forward to seeing and hearing about your infused spirit adventure.

As always, make sure you use the highest quality bloody mary mix by Bloody Gerry. 

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Jenn and Gerry

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