Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The St. Regis celebrates the anniversary of the Bloody Mary

I love a good morning cocktail. There's just something about drinking in the a.m. that's so very lady who lunches decadent. And there is such a peculiar feeling of bonhomie that comes from the combination of booze and sunshine. Now I love a good prosecco or champagne cocktail, but it's that most famous of morning cocktails - the bloody mary - that intrigues me most.

I hate tomato juice, and yet, when properly spicy and served with enough accoutrement (celery, olives, and pickles oh my!), it transforms from a gross vegetable juice into something magical. The cocktail holds a peculiar place in my memory as I once spent several days in a row sipping bloody mary's at a Colorado ski lodge. What's a skiing adverse girl to do when everyone else is on the slopes? Ah the memories, but I digress...

Turns out the bloody mary (née Red Snapper) was invented at the St. Regis New York's King Cole Bar 75 years ago. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Atlanta's St. Regis will be serving up the original Red Snapper as well as the Atlanta version, the West Paces Mary, for $.99 on October 5.

Want to make your own?

The West Paces Mary
1 oz. vodka
7 oz. tomato juice
½ squeezed fresh lemon
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 shakes Tabasco sauce
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground celery salt
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons fresh horseradish
1 tablespoon pickled okra juice
1 celery stalk
2 Old South Tomolives (pickled green tomatoes)

St. Regis
88 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA

*Photo credit: William Clifford



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