Bloody marys have trended toward jaw-dropping, dizzyingly high garnishes, fueled by social media’s obsession with the visually impressive. But when it comes to the classic cocktail, the “mega mary” is not always superior. Restaurants with a focus on elaborate trimmings can end up short-changing the signature cocktail’s salty, spicy and earthy flavors.
I headed to Justy’s Bar, Grill and Sandbox to try the “smokey bloody” ($11), one of two special bloody marys on the menu. There were no trimmings on top — it was simply decorated with a salt and chipotle rim.