Best Breakfasts

The Ultimate Brunch Cocktail Is a Bloody Mary from State Fare

And you can make one yourself with their recipe.

By Timothy Malcolm January 28, 2019 Published in the February 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Image: Jenn Duncan

Nothing cures hangovers better, pairs more appropriately with avocado toast, and spices up a “let’s talk about last night” brunch like a Bloody Mary. Want to kick yours up a notch? Head to State Fare for brunch and enjoy this beauty, or follow their recipe and make one for yourself next Sunday. Or Monday. Whenever, really.

The Mix

  • 1 32-ounce bottle Zing Zang
  • Bloody Mary mix
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 3 cloves smashed garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime
  • 4 dashes Cholula hot sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup Guinness beer

The Booze

Deep Eddy vodka (gotta keep it Texas) 

The Rim

  • 1 TBSP kosher salt
  • 1 TBSP pepper

The Garnish

  • Celery stalks
  • Olives
  • Cocktail onions
  • Lemon wedges
  • Bacon
  • Okra


Stir together ingredients for your mix, then refrigerate for 12–24 hours before straining. Mix together salt and pepper on a plate. For each drink, wet rim of a rocks glass with lime, then coat in salt-and-pepper mix. Add ice. Shake 3 ounces of mix with 1.5 ounces vodka, pour into glass. To garnish, skewer olives and onions, and dip into drink with celery stalks, bacon, and okra. Wedge lemons onto rim.

Not a Bloody Mary fan? Try one of these lazy-day cocktails instead: 

The Morning Wood at Weights & Measures

The Vampiro at Night Heron

This punchy 1970s creation—tequila kissed with beet, carrot, grapefruit, and lime juice, served over crushed ice—resembles a fiery sunset. During weekend brunch, it makes for an especially swell companion to the roasted-red-pepper “taquitos rancheros” and the pink-peppercorn honey-chicken biscuit. Dining with a crew? Try a pitcher of the refreshing sangria.

The Morning Wood at Weights & Measures

This cheekily named beverage is sure to wake you up thanks to healthy doses of rum and Pimms No. 1, along with splashes of pineapple, lemon, and orgeat—a.k.a., liquid marzipan. Pair it with citrus-grilled skirt steak ‘n’ eggs, or peanut-butter-banana-bacon brioche toast.

The Snooze Fashioned at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Whiskey and coffee—9 Banded Whiskey and house-cold-brewed coffee, to be exact—unite for this morning pick-me-up-in-a-glass. A dribble of zippy orange simple syrup and a hint of Angostura bitters give the drink a classic old-fashioned feel. Enjoy it alongside a pancake flight.

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