Sweet, spiced, and umami-rich, Bloody Marys are an important fixture at any brunch. But with a sizable list of ingredients, preparing the perfect mix at home can be a tall order. Thankfully, there’s a broad selection of high-end, pre-made Bloody Mary mixes available to consumers. We gathered a panel of five beverage industry experts and blind-tasted 10 Bloody Mary mixes. We used the same vodka, Smirnoff, in each cocktail and stuck to original-flavored mixes.
Grab yourself a bottle of vodka and keep an eye on those poached eggs! Here are the top five pre-made Bloody Mary mixes for any home brunch.
Dr Pepper-owned Mr & Mrs T is a more commercial offering than many others we tasted, but that didn’t stop tasters from devouring its Bloody Mary mix, which Mr & Mrs T says has a “made-from-scratch taste for any occasion.” Reminiscent of a “basil tomato sauce,” and “sweet marinara,” this mix is “perfect for someone that doesn’t like spice,” our panelists say.
Average price: $10.39 for a 33.8-ounce bottle.
“Like a Carolina-style BBQ sauce,” there’s a lot going on in the Pickled Pirate Bloody Mary mix (its producers are Carolina-based, too, so that tasting note may be no coincidence). It’s meaty, Worcestershire-forward profile was divisive among panelists. Some found it too savory, while others loved its dark, salty profile.
Average price: $9.99 for a 28-ounce bottle.
Blending its very own range of spicy garlic pickles into the mix, SuckerPunch’s Bloody Mary delivers a juicy, refreshing blow. “Acidic and fresh,” and “fruity, like peach,” commented our panelists. It struck us as another example of a mix that will satisfy those searching for a sweeter breakfast cocktail.
Average price: $13.99 for a 32-ounce bottle.
From fried chicken to BBQ ribs, Bloody Mary garnishes can delve into the extreme. Why bother with the hassle of an elaborate garnish when you can pack just as much flavor into the drink? Bloody Revolution Original mix is rich in “beefy, bacon, and smoky” notes, and its “meaty” character left our tasters craving more.
Average price: $12.99 for a 32-ounce bottle.
Award-winning Zing Zang is a well-balanced, crowd-pleasing option. With briny, saline notes providing a savory backbone, followed by a sweet tomato tang, this Bloody Mary mix ticks all the boxes. “The spice is there, too, in just the right amount,” one taster said. Another enjoyed its noticeable, but not overpowering celery salt seasoning.
Average price: $10.99 for a 32-ounce bottle.