Thursday, December 3, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 13)

Oh, my goodness!
This is the latest entry in a daily feature that will run through New Year's Eve. To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

San Francisco has always had a strong claim to being the center of the cocktail universe, especially if that universe exists between the Pacific Ocean and the Mississippi River. So, it is no wonder that we keep seeing über imaginative concoctions popping up there all the time.

Pictured here is a wild version of the humble Bloody Mary, this one from Cafe 21. Count the garnishes:

Lobster
Lemon
Celery
Cocktail onion
Cherry pepper
Red bell pepper ring
Mushroom
Olive
Herb sprig

BLOODY MARYS

Most reliable accounts tell us the drink itself was originated in Paris in the 1920s by bartender Fernand Petiot, although it began as just tomato juice with a shot of vodka and called the Red Snapper.

After he moved to the U.S., he perfected the drink by adding dashes of both Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces. Not to be outdone by any West Coast cocktailery, the Edison Hotel in New York City -- located at 228 West 47th Street between 8th and Broadway -- has its own excellent portfolio of imaginative Bloody Marys. Try these:

• The Classic (Polish vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, tomato juice and hot sauce, garnished with a celery stick).

• The Caesar (like The Classic except this is the Canadian version, so Clamato juice is used instead of tomato juice).

• Con Sangre (tomato juice, tequila or mezcal, habañero hot sauce, garnished with a pickled carrot).

• The Andrew Jackson (White rye whiskey, smoked paprika, tomato juice, garnished with hot salami and olives).

• The Colonial (tomato juice, gin, sriracha hot chile sauce and basil, garnished with cucumber).

• The Rum House (tomato juice, white Haitian rum, ginger, allspice and a pickled pepper; garnished with a piece of candied ginger).

I'd go on, but I'm suddenly very thirsty.

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