NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: A Szechuan Mala Mary from Twenty Grand Vodka on display at Best Bloody Mary Brunch Presented By Velocity Hosted By The Cast Of Chopped during Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented By FOOD & WINE at Pier 60 on October 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

husband and wife posing with two bloody mary's

When I tell people I LOVE Bloody Mary’s I get one of two responses. Either people hate them with a passion or love them with an equal amount of passion. Now why I do I love a good Bloody Mary? I just love that salty, tangy, spicy taste. Plus, According to TheRealDill.com, they are full of antioxidants and vitamins making them a healthy drink to enjoy. Plus, ironically, they are good to drink as a hangover cure. Now the base mix has to be Zing Zang or it’s hit or miss with house mixes for me. Now some people, including my husband, think I’m crazy because I could drink a Bloody Mary even without liquor in it. I just enjoy them that much.

I think the coolest thing about Bloody Mary’s are that it could be an actual meal if you find the right spot. I’m talking about when they load the top of the Bloody Mary with a bunch of garnishments. Things like sliders, crab legs, chicken wings, cubed cheese, pickles, olives, and anything else that they can stuff in there. Now for me, I like finding these over-the-top Bloody Mary’s for their wow factor because I don’t traditionally eat every single garnishment like most do.

Now my husband and his sisters love a good Michelada. But don’t get those confused with Bloody Mary’s. While both Bloody Mary’s and Michelada’s feature tomato bases and savory flavors their origins, ingredients and liquors are not the same. The Michelada is usually beer-based and tastes refreshing and zesty. A Bloody Mary is thick and vodka-based.

I’ve found 5 over-the-top Bloody Mary’s for you to check out across Michigan. But if you’d like to make your own traditional style Bloody Mary mix from scratch, here’s a 5-star rated recipe from Food.com And if Micheladas are more your jam, here’s a great recipe from FoodieandWine.com

  • Mallie's Sports Grill in Southgate

    This has to be the largest Bloody Mary in Michigan coming in at a gallon! It’s garnished with the traditional toppings like celery, pickles, and olvies, but it also has onion rings, cheese sticks, burgers, chicken wings, tacos, and more.

    This is in my old neighborhood. While my husband and I have been there, unfortunately we have not tried their ‘Monster Bloody Mary’, but it is what they are known for and people do enjoy it based on the reviews. They are located Downriver at 19400 Northline Rd, Southgate, MI 48195 They do have an extensive food menu with large portions like a 10 pound burger. Be sure to check that out here

  • River Raisin Distillery in Manchester

    Sheesh! What isn’t this one topped with? A soft pretzel with a cup of cheese, pizza, taquito, half a brat, wing dings and more. It even has a bite of cheesecake for dessert. What?!? My husband and I have actually been here. Unfortunately due to user error, we ordered the wrong Bloody Mary. It was basic and we left confused until I realized what we had done. Seating is limited so you may have to wait. But from others reviews online, the Fully Loaded Bloody Mary is fantastic. We plan on making a trip back in to grab the right one. So stop by and see them in the cute town of Manchester at 480 W Main St, Manchester, MI 48158. They do have limited hours and a limited food menu, but do host food trucks as well, so be sure to check those out on their website.

  • Clio Roadhouse Bar & Grill in Clio

    a plethora of meats, chicken, cheeses, onion rings, and your traditional toppings. Stop by and grab this awesome Bloody Mary at 2183 W Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 48420 To check out their events, hours, menu, and other happenings click here

  • The Dock at Bay View in Richland

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    Wow! The great thing about this Bloody Mary is that you get to pick the toppings with their Bloody Mary bar. In addition to your traditional toppings, you can also choose from a variety of meats, cheeses, sliders, crab legs, and more. Not only do they have great drinks, but they also are right off the bay and have indoor and outdoor seating options available weather permitting. Check them out at 12504 E D Ave, Richland, MI 49083. For more info on the restaurant including hours and their full menu click here

  • Boone's Prime Time Pub in Sutton's Bay

    What a drink! 24 oz of yummy goodness. It’s topped with deep fried pickles, onion rings, blue cheese olives, a buffalo chicken slider, a beef slider, and more! They are located at 102 N Saint Joseph St, Suttons Bay, MI 49682. For more info check out their website

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