You know what I love about Bloody Marys? They’re a healthy, whole meal in a glass. Known mainly as the hangover cure-all, this Bloody Mary is equal parts curing as it is filling. Now I’m no nutritionist, but we’ve got a medley of vitamins and nutrients here: we’re talking vitamin c (lime and tomato); a viscous vitamin a and calcium (chicken broth); vitamin b and protein (bacon); and finally, iron, manganese and potassium (pickles). Now if that’s not the whole shebang, I don’t know what is. Sometimes you’ll get a Bloody Mary from garnish and it’s akin to being inundated by a sketchy 30-page diner menu. Nuh uh, girlfriend. Oh yes; more is more, but not always, and certainly not here. The select ingredients in this Bloody Mary recipe are precise and to the point—leave the garnish overwhelm on the side. Please and thank you. When crafting a Bloody Mary from scratch, I recommend diluting the tomato juice with some chilled water (or extra chicken broth) and then flavor the ever-lovin’ heck out of it! This will yield a full, hearty cocktail and one where your old friend, vodka, doesn’t knock you out within the hour. 😂 Fret not, the bacon strip will help you keep it together. Lastly, let’s talk about the Bloody Mary bar—it’s is a sight for sore, morning eyes. Host an intimate brunch or, dang, just treat yo’self. It’s playful, bright and and visually oh-so-right. Play around with your preferred ingredients, if you must, but to me, this truly is the perfect Bloody Mary.