When you hear the words "savory cocktail," there are likely only two things that come to mind: a Bloody Mary or a Bloody Caesar. Bloody Marys involve tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, horseradish and celery salt. Bloody Caesars are the Canadian alternative and are bolder in flavor, using clamato juice in the place of tomato, and adding ingredients like pickle juice and lime. They're absolutely delicious and happen to make excellent hangover cures.
We love savory cocktails, and not just the "bloody" family. These savory cocktails are elegant, creative and might take a little work, but you'll find that it's more than worth the effort.
Better with Bacon from Kitchen Konfidence. Rye-infused with bacon and mixed with lime, liquid smoke and a little simple syrup makes for a cocktail that will shock your daiquiri-sipping tastebuds and show them something new.
St Dill Martini from Saveur. A riff on a classic martini, this one uses mustard seeds, long sprigs of dill and a whole kosher dill pickle to give the drink a savory edge.
Green Gargoyle from Garden Therapy. This spicy, creative cocktail mixes Mexican flavors like cilantro, jalapeños, tequila and lime with some cooling cucumber and a dash of simple syrup.
Whiskey and Pickle Juice from The Kitchn. Though it's not technically a mixed cocktail, it's a delicious mix of flavors often referred to as a "pickleback." It's a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. The bold flavors balance and enhance each other.
The Swedish Vampire from Saveur. This odd cocktail combines orange and tomato juice with aquavit, Tabasco and sparkling water. It's the Nordic, light cousin of the Caesar, and also works wonders for hangovers.