Sunday, April 9 Brooklyn’s most innovative bloody mary cocktails will be available for tasting at The Bloody Mary Festival. The libations hail from Insa, Congress Bar, Iron Station, A&E Supply Co., Catfish Bar and Restaurant, and more.

Catfish Bar and Restaurant’s Creole Bloody Mary draws inspiration from Louisiana, with an Abita Turbodog ale float, Crystal hot sauce, and a rim of housemade Cajun spice mix.

We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, but in a city filled with a seemingly limitless supply of bloody mary variations, more traditional recipes seem to be dying out,” said Maxx Colson, owner of Catfish in an email.

He believes a great bloody mary “should be sure to mask the taste of the booze and still taste delicious.”

The crowd at the Bloody Mary Festival. (Courtesy of The Bloody Mary Liberation Party)
The crowd at the Bloody Mary Festival. (Courtesy of The Bloody Mary Liberation Party)

Meanwhile, at Korean restaurant Insa, beverage director Shayna Cott thinks of a bloody mary as “the ultimate hangover medicine: nutrients to refuel, vinegary pickled things to aid digestion, [and] spice to speed up your metabolism and sweat it out,” she said.

The one served at Insa is infused with Korean flavors: a dose of fish sauce and a generous splash of kimchi brine from chef Sohui Kim’s homemade kimchi. It makes a great pairing with Insa’s Spam and eggs brunch dish, she added.

Food pairings will be available at the festival. There will be a bagel bar, a champagne bar, live music, and local artisanal goods. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $55 to $89 per person. TheBloodyMaryFest.com

Grand Prospect Hall
263 Prospect Ave. (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)
Park Slope, Brooklyn