It should be no surprise that January 1 is both National Hangover Day and National Bloody Mary Day . We also wouldn’t be surprised if these holidays spill over to January 2. After a New Year’s celebration, both of the aforementioned things are likely to happen: 1) because of the revelry and 2) because you’re trying to stave off the first.
The problem, though, is that if you’re hungover, the last thing you probably want to think about it actually having to make a drink. A Bloody Mary, while delicious, can be a labor intensive drink — especially when you are in a position where even the thought of sunlight makes you want to throw up.
That is where the mix comes in. You can find literally hundreds of types of Bloody Mary mixes, from the conventional to the insane, and everything in between. We’ve done our due diligence and picked out six of the best Bloody Mary mixes that we think you should give a try. While none of them will beat a good, home-made Bloody Mary, sometimes even the best mixologists need a little help. (And if hair of the dog isn’t your chosen route, how to cure a hangover.)
Zing Zang – $17
Zing Zang is staple mix for most people. Not too much going on flavor-wise (everything you expect, nothing you don’t), so it’s perfect for those that like to pimp out their Bloody Marys with all sorts of stuff, or whatever you happen to have it on hand.
Finest Call Loaded Bloody Mary Mix – $11
If you find yourself making your homemade Bloody Marys with V8 and not tomato juice, this mix is for you. Multiple vegetables are added to the tomato, lemon, and spices, giving a nice, round flavor on its own.
Major Peters Hot & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix – $7
A fairly full-flavored mix on its own, Major Peters kicks up their own recipe with a hot and spicy version. While it may not be as spicy as people who love hot stuff are used to, it still packs a decent punch — enough to wake you up some on a lazy Sunday afternoon. As a bonus, Major Peters is sold in 64-ounce jugs.
McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix – $14
McClure’s is a brand known for their pickles, so if you like salty, briny goodness, this mix is for you. The pickle flavor, to those that don’t truly love pickles, will be overwhelming. However, a little extra sodium should help that hangover.
Charleston Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix – $25 for two bottles
While Charleston has a milder flavor, you’ll want to go with the bold here. Using all-natural ingredients that include sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and a habanero pepper mash, this concoction is rightfully one of the best mixes to come out of the South.
Cutwater Spirits Spicy Bloody Mary Mix – $24
You probably already know Ballast Point for their beers (including the oh-so-delicious Grapefruit Sculpin), but you may not be away of the brands liquor-centric off-shoot, Cutwater Spirits, which makes a top-notch Bloody Mary mix. If you’re feeling extra hungover, you can get it pre-mixed in a can.
Article originally published on November 17, 2016.