These days, the Bloody Mary game is all about oneupsmanship. The goal in bars and brunch spots has become to add as much savory complements to the drink so as to turn it into both a snack and a cocktail: spears and spears of pickled veg, whole shrimp, fried bacon, charcuterie, chicken wings, antipasti, mini cheeseburgers, firecrackers, tiny pizzas, everything.
Which is fine, and fun, but takes away from the essence of the drink. Sure, it's a canvas for complementary flavors, but that canvas isn't blank in the first place...it's actually a perfectly balanced cocktail.
So, since it's Halloween, and since holiday season is coming up, and since it's an essential skill that every guy should know, here are the basics on the Bloody Mary. If you're not one to drink vodka, well, then it also makes a darn fine amped-up… read more