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Three ways to toast National Bloody Mary Day

Bacon Bloody Mary at RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission.
Bacon Bloody Mary at RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission.

There’s no one-size-fits-all cure for a hangover — but a Bloody Mary never hurts. So it’s no wonder that New Year’s Day is National Hangover Day and National Bloody Mary Day.

There are lots of noteworthy Bloody Marys in the Kansas City area, but one of my favorites is at RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission. The barbecue joint’s best-selling Bacon Bloody Mary ($5) is made with bacon-infused vodka and garnished with crispy slices of house-smoked bacon, green olives, celery and a pickle spear. The smoky, savory drink was in Ink’s 2014 fall/winter bar guide along with lots of other tempting daytime cocktails.

RJ’s will serve its famous barbecue breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day. If you’re battling a champagne-induced headache and can’t face the daylight that early, here are two Bloody Mary recipes you can make any time at home.

Reyka Morning Mary

2 ounces Reyka vodka

4 ounces yellow tomato juice

4 basil leaves

1 dill sprig

4 dashes chilli sauce (your preference)

Salt and pepper

1⁄2 ounce lemon juice

Fill lava salt-rimmed highball glass with ice and stir ingredients to chill. Garnish with an olive, red tomato and feta cube on a cocktail stick.

Source: Reyka

Bloody Jerry

1 1/2 ounces Sailor Jerry spiced rum

2 dashes hot sauce

3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1 heavy-handed dash of steak seasoning spices

1 teaspoon of wet minced garlic

1 teaspoon of spicy bean or pickle juice

Plain tomato juice

Lemon and lime wedges

Pour all ingredients in a pint glass, squeeze in some lemon and lime wedges. Shake with ice and garnish with whatever you have in the fridge.

Source: Sailor Jerry

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