We love a good Bloody Mary, but there are times when we feel like it has unfairly monopolized the savory-drinks category. There are plenty of other cocktails out there that eschew fruity and sweet notes for flavors a bit more... mixologically challenging.
That's why we've selected five tasty savory recipes for you to try fixing. These fresh, inventive concoctions are a great way for you to break out of your inevitable home-bartending rut.
With a name seemingly lifted directly from "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark" and an ingredients list that calls for horseradish and Tabasco (or whatever skull-on-the-label hot-sauce you keep on hand), this feast-in-a-glass is one tough customer. It's spicy, carnivorous and richly red, with an intriguing earthy and herbal tenor thanks to a slug of gin.View recipe: Bloody Bulldog
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you feel like Tallulah Bankhead, which is to say that you feel like sipping something rich, substantial and laced with Southern intoxicants. This cocktail, named for the Alabama-born actress and bonne vivante, mixes Atlanta's Coca-Cola and Tennessee's most famous whiskey with a homemade peanut syrup -- yes, peanut syrup. The key to pulling off this concoction is preserving its salty wit, so add some extra peanuts as a garnish.View recipe: Tallulah
The classic Margarita is not exactly an easy thing to bring over to the savory side, but we have the answer: Add an ounce of red pepper juice, three-quarters of an ounce of honey syrup and a nice handful of cilantro -- and make sure you use a full-bodied tequila like Milagro Reposado. As for a garnish, you can go with a standard lime wheel, but just between us, a peppered shrimp is more daring.View recipe: Savory Margarita
We like to call this creation, invented by Liquor.com advisory board member H. Joseph Ehrmann, the Heart Stalker. You begin, of course, with a stalk of your finest celery heart (get it?) and muddle it with cucumber, cilantro and lemon juice. Then shake with some Square One Cucumber Vodka, agave nectar and Pimm’s No. 1. We’ll let you figure out what you want to call it.View recipe: Celery Cup No. 1
As we have previously noted, a traditional Gibson is basically just a Martini with a pickled onion in it. This, however, is a little more of a departure, requiring you to use the uniquely earthy and potato-flavored Karlsson's Gold Vodka, plus a garnish of several cocktail onions and a healthy dose of black pepper. Just don’t sneeze and you'll be golden.View recipe: Black Pepper Gibson
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