Whether you’re a traditionalist or a bit more avant-garde, we’ve got four variations on the Bloody Mary—all of which are guaranteed to get your morning started off right.
The Atomic Cowboy mixes a Bloody Mary that lives up to the restaurant’s name. A shot of Left Hand’s Milk Stout Nitro, a shot of Deep Eddy vodka, and the house-made “zing” mix are all jazzed up with house-made pickles, olives, and celery. Add a lump of horseradish and a jolt of Tabasco, and the Atomic’s Bloody is certain to clear the cobwebs. 3237 E. Colfax Ave., 303-377-7900, atomiccowboy.net
It’s the spice mix that lands Mona’s “Bloody Mona” on this list. The morning cocktail comes together with Zing Zang (a pre-made tomato base), vodka, onion powder, and a trio of spicy-hot red pepper flakes, cayenne, and black pepper. Sip this and you’ll be awake in no time.
2364 15th St., 303-455-4503, monasrestaurant.com
My Brother’s Bar
At My Brother’s Bar, bartender Jimmy Hayde tops a secret (and hardy) New York–style mix with a shot of vodka and tomato juice for an old-school take on the Bloody. Tell us it doesn’t taste vaguely like cocktail sauce. Bonus: Pair the drink with the Ralphie (bison) burger with jalapeño cream cheese. 2376 15th St., 303-455-9991
City, O’ City
City, O’ City’s Bloody Mary begins with vodka infused with mirepoix—a combination of diced carrots, celery, and onion. Topped with tomato-vegetable juice and chef Brendon Doyle’s from-scratch vinegary hot sauce, this fresh drink is downright zesty. A garnish of ever-changing pickles (made on-site, of course) is an added flavor bonus. 206 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-6443, cityocitydenver.com