Bloody Caesars are made on Clamato juice (with the goodness of clams!), Bloody Marias swap out vodka for tequila, Red Snappers with gin. You can add in rum, whisky, Sherry or Port. A generous slug of Tabasco and plenty of pepper, however, are vital. Every bartender worth their celery salt has a closely guarded Mary mix. And no wonder – it's a magical drink that's as quick to revive you as it is to put you under again. Try these on for size...
The best Bloody Marys in Sydney
Ask for the… Ox
This CBD bunker might be famous for its yum cha and its multi-regional Chinese menu that delves deep into chilli, pepper and spice, but they also have a pretty snappy cocktail list. Each drink is named for animals of the Chinese zodiac, but today we’re after their mix of tomato juice, capsicum, XO and vodka.
Ask for the… EDV Bloody Mary
It’s the boozy little hideaway that’s been setting the bar for classic cocktail drinking in Sydney for the past four years. In turn, most of the city’s great bartenders have run a turn at the shakers here. And while they favour the magical, mystical, nitro-tini end of the drinks scale, they also knock a Mary any way you take it out of the park.
Ask for the… Panama Mary
Part bar, part café and part restaurant, Panama House is another offering from the folks behind the Shop and Wine Bar and the Corner House – the latter a couple doors down Bondi Road along with other South Bondi bars (SoBo, if you will). Take a run at their mix of white rum, tomato juice, port, lime juice, chipotle and, um, gumbo. Whoa.
Got a hangover that needs help?
Whoever first put cured, fried pork and soft, melty eggs together deserves a seriously prestigious award, in our opinion. Stuff them between two layers of soft white bread, spread on a heap of butter and you’ve pretty much got food nirvana right there. So we took it upon ourselves to traipse the streets of Sydney to find you the best bacon and egg rolls to fix any hangover, heartbreak or hard-earned snack. Man, it’s a tough job.