There’s no better brunch drink than a good bloody mary — the mimosa doesn’t stand a chance against its spicy, acidic complexity. Fans of the tomato-juice-based cocktail flock today to the second annual Brooklyn Bloody Mary Festival to crown the best one of the borough. Last year’s champ belonged to Lucky Luna, a Mexican-Taiwanese spot in Greenpoint whose Asian-inflected entry included sriracha, kimchi, and wasabi nori. Lucky Luna will defend its title against competitors that include Pok Pok, whose fiery house version incorporates Thai chiles, and Catfish, whose offering last year was a Frankensteinian creation that came with shrimp and crab meat. Temper all that vodka with lunch from Delaney’s BBQ, which serves Central Texas–style brisket, pork, and more, and burn off some calories by dancing to the salsa-meets–West Africa rhythms of the Afro-Latineers.
Sun., April 12, 1 p.m., 2015