Top 5 Vodkas for Bloody Marys
“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.
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)
40% alcohol by volume, 80 proof
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!
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.
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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