The Ultimate Bloody Mary

The Ultimate Bloody Mary
The Ultimate Bloody MaryMatt Taylor-Gross

In this lighter and brighter, albeit far more involved, take on the classic tomato-laced brunch cocktail, the usual vodka is swapped out for Gamle Ode's dill-infused aquavit, a strikingly herbaceous take on the Scandinavian spirit from a Minnesota producer.

The dill is from farms local to the distillery—there’s about three hundred pounds per 1,000 liters of the stuff—and its bold aromatics fuse seamlessly with freshly squeezed tomato juice (we used red and yellow varieties). White soy sauce and a kombu-shiitake broth form a bracing backbone of umami and salt, which stand up excellently to the spice and funk provided by Japanese hot mustard and Korean gochujang.