Bloody Mary Brawl

Whether you’re keeping it classy at brunch or sipping hair of the dog on the morning after a bachelorette party, the Bloody Mary is morning’s favorite drink, and ours too. The best thing about a Bloody Mary is that you can customize it however you like, playing off that classic tomato juice and vodka base. Whether you use a premium premade mix, create your own from scratch, or pour it straight from the bottle, the most important part of a good Bloody Mary is, of course, the vodka, so here are our top 4 craft spirits to start your day off right.
4th Place, Bronze Medal

4th Place, Bronze Medal

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Straight from the Shire

Our bronze medal winner has an unlikely origin. New Zealand has not traditionally been a powerhouse in the world of vodka, but Broken Shed Vodka might just change that. Aroma of fennel and creamy taste are perfectly in sync with the smoothness of tomato juice and vegetal tang of celery. Go wild and add an extra dash of Tabasco when you make your Bloody Mary with Broken Shed, its crisp body can handle the heat.

3rd Place, Silver Medal

3rd Place, Silver Medal

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If you use a Utah vodka, does that make it a Bloody Mormon?

Dented Brick Premium Craft Well Vodka may sound like an oxymoron, but it delivers on all its promises. At only $11.99 a bottle, it probably shares the same shelf with the kind of vodka you drank in college, but when it comes to taste it is in a class of its own. While Dented Brick is perfectly drinkable on the rocks, its whole-body-warming essence really shines when paired with similarly bold flavors, like the stout beer and pickle juice found in Yogis Bloody Mary.

2nd Place, Gold Medal

2nd Place, Gold Medal

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Our panel picked a perfect pepper vodka.

You wouldn't even think about making a Bloody Mary without a healthy dash of black pepper, would you? Of course not, so why not cut out the middleman and use Dixie Black Pepper Vodka from the start? What's even better is that it contains strong flavors of jalapeno, celery salt, and lemon pith, which means that with the time you save not having to add those at the Bloody Mary bar you can squeeze in an extra round before brunch ends. As a flavored vodka, it works best as a component of a mixed drink, but daring drinkers will also love the powerful pepper punch it packs as a shot.

1st Place, Platinum Medal

1st Place, Platinum Medal

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Our top-rated entry

The first thing you'll notice about Heritage Distilling Co. Seasoned Vodka is the color, but that's not the only thing about this superior vodka that stands out. Immediately upon tasting, you'll be hit with notes of smoked oyster, Worcestershire, and sweet chili. Heritage Distilling has turned the notion that vodka should be tasteless and odorless on its head, and packed a staggering array of flavors into the bottle, which will take your Bloody Mary to the top of its game. Keep the trend going by accentuating the normally subdued vodka flavor with this smoky spirit in a Moscow Mule or a Vodka Martini. At $27.50 it's the most expensive bottle on this list, but there is no doubt the premium price reflects its premium taste.

4th Place, Bronze Medal
3rd Place, Silver Medal
2nd Place, Gold Medal
1st Place, Platinum Medal
Bloody Mary Brawl
Whether you’re keeping it classy at brunch or sipping hair of the dog on the morning after a bachelorette party, the Bloody Mary is morning’s favorite drink, and ours too. The best thing about a Bloody Mary is that you can customize it however you like, playing off that classic tomato juice and vodka base. Whether you use a premium premade mix, create your own from scratch, or pour it straight from the bottle, the most important part of a good Bloody Mary is, of course, the vodka, so here are our top 4 craft spirits to start your day off right.

4th Place, Bronze Medal

4th Place, Bronze Medal
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Straight from the Shire

Our bronze medal winner has an unlikely origin. New Zealand has not traditionally been a powerhouse in the world of vodka, but Broken Shed Vodka might just change that. Aroma of fennel and creamy taste are perfectly in sync with the smoothness of tomato juice and vegetal tang of celery. Go wild and add an extra dash of Tabasco when you make your Bloody Mary with Broken Shed, its crisp body can handle the heat.

3rd Place, Silver Medal

3rd Place, Silver Medal
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
If you use a Utah vodka, does that make it a Bloody Mormon?

Dented Brick Premium Craft Well Vodka may sound like an oxymoron, but it delivers on all its promises. At only $11.99 a bottle, it probably shares the same shelf with the kind of vodka you drank in college, but when it comes to taste it is in a class of its own. While Dented Brick is perfectly drinkable on the rocks, its whole-body-warming essence really shines when paired with similarly bold flavors, like the stout beer and pickle juice found in Yogis Bloody Mary.

2nd Place, Gold Medal

2nd Place, Gold Medal
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Our panel picked a perfect pepper vodka.

You wouldn't even think about making a Bloody Mary without a healthy dash of black pepper, would you? Of course not, so why not cut out the middleman and use Dixie Black Pepper Vodka from the start? What's even better is that it contains strong flavors of jalapeno, celery salt, and lemon pith, which means that with the time you save not having to add those at the Bloody Mary bar you can squeeze in an extra round before brunch ends. As a flavored vodka, it works best as a component of a mixed drink, but daring drinkers will also love the powerful pepper punch it packs as a shot.

1st Place, Platinum Medal

1st Place, Platinum Medal
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Our top-rated entry

The first thing you'll notice about Heritage Distilling Co. Seasoned Vodka is the color, but that's not the only thing about this superior vodka that stands out. Immediately upon tasting, you'll be hit with notes of smoked oyster, Worcestershire, and sweet chili. Heritage Distilling has turned the notion that vodka should be tasteless and odorless on its head, and packed a staggering array of flavors into the bottle, which will take your Bloody Mary to the top of its game. Keep the trend going by accentuating the normally subdued vodka flavor with this smoky spirit in a Moscow Mule or a Vodka Martini. At $27.50 it's the most expensive bottle on this list, but there is no doubt the premium price reflects its premium taste.