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We’d all be right — at least in one way or another — because there’s not just one way to make a bloody mary.

Cheap cocktails for a crowd There are, as the August Food Prowl panel learned, endless ways to make the hair-of-the-dog classic that feels really right only when consumed before the noon hour.

We sipped and snacked — you gotta sample the garnish — at eight spots around Omaha, and though we disagreed on what makes one bloody mary the best bloody mary, the winner won us all over with its layered nuance and rosy, tomatoey goodness.

We met in north downtown at the Trap Room, a bar reminiscent of your grandparents’ basement, with vintage light fixtures, a painting of a forest scene that covers one wall and cream-colored fringe that sways in front of the big corner windows.

We’d try flavored bloody marys or house specialties, if they were offered, just for fun. Classic radio flyer wagon And we’d look for garnish that was tasty but not too gimmicky — we weren’t after a hamburger on the top of our drink. Classic radio fm We were after creative, reasonably sized and fresh.

The bartender that evening made us two bloody marys, one spicy and one classic. Classic radio shows They were some of the prettiest drinks we’d seen to date, garnished with leafy, crisp celery above a salted rim and topped with speared olives and pickles. Classic radio repair The salted rim was lined with lime juice, and the fruit floated in the glass, which brought the citrusy element.

We ordered three drinks to share at Krug: The classic bloody mary, the Bakon and the chipotle. Classic radio All three had the same basic garnish — olives and a rather enormous stalk of celery that stood at least 3 or 4 inches above the rim of the pint glass. Classic radio commercials Hunks of meat topped the Bakon, and green jalapenos floated atop the chipotle.

The classic, refreshing in its basicness, set the standard for the rest of the prowl. Easy cocktails to make at home It was just spicy enough, had a touch of citrus and came garnished with cold, crisp celery and firm olives. Easy cocktails with malibu rum It was the starting point.

Its salted rim impressed my dad, and I liked the pickled asparagus — even though it drooped rather forlornly over the side of the glass. Classic bathroom The biggest difference, though, was the texture: This was one thick cocktail.

Both drinks had a slight hint of pepper — not too much but maybe not quite enough — and the barbecue version had the vinegary tang of homemade sauce underneath the flavor of tomato juice. Classic bathroom vanity Each sip left behind a hint of smokiness.

We met again at the VIP Lounge on 90th Street and West Center Road, a bar where at least one patron liked the bloody so much she made a video of it and posted it to YouTube. Classic bathroom tile When the team saw that video, we knew we had to check it out.

Just a few patrons sat in the dark bar’s big chairs when we arrived on Sunday afternoon -— die-hards, we presumed — and I had to think that the woman behind the bar was the same one in the YouTube video. Classic bathroom designs pictures She made the drink the exact way we’d seen it done online.

At Jake’s Cigars and Spirits in Benson, we had high expectations — the bar infuses its own vodka and makes the drinks from scratch using spices and tomato juice. Best craft cocktails in chicago The drinks there come in at least three spice levels: mild, medium and “stupid hot,” and on weekends the bar garnishes them with cheese and bacon, among other special ingredients.

The ones we tried that night didn’t have the spice we hoped for, and the infused vodka was more cucumber-forward than peppery or tomatoey, which disappointed us. Best place for cocktails in san francisco Mary tried a Jake’s bloody mary outside the prowl and enjoyed it immensely — we chalked our visit up to a one-time anomaly. Classic radio fm kenya I learned after the visit that the employee who mixes the infusion was out of town the week we were there, and the infusion may have been weaker than usual.

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