A Bloody Mary is sometimes referred to as the hair of the dog, others say it's a darn good way to start your Saturday. Either way, Rockford has one of Illinois' best.

A Rockford made the list of restaurants that serve the best Bloody Mary in Illinois. Before the big reveal, here is my favorite Bloody Mary recipe.

1 Lemon wedge
1 Lime wedge
2 oz Premium Vodka
4 oz Tomato juice
2 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
2 tsp of Prepared horseradish
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch of Celery salt
1 pinch of Ground black pepper
1 pinch of Smoked paprika

Finding a Bloody Mary isn't hard to do in Rockford, but finding the best might be a challenge. That search ends today thanks to onlyinillinois.com.

The best Bloody Mary in Rockford, and one of the best in Illinois, can be found in downtown.

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It's number seven on the list but it's #1 in Rockford. Irish Rose in downtown (519 E. State Street) has one the best Bloody Mary's in Illinois, according to onlyinillinois.com.

Other Rockford Bloody Mary favorites that didn't make the list but are worth a mention include:

Got a favorite Bloody Mary that isn't mentioned here? Be sure to share it in a comment.