Monday, December 01, 2008

Happy 75th Birthday to the Bloody Mary

I wasn't planning on blogging tonight (we've been really busy lately), but when I heard that today was the 75th birthday of the Bloody Mary — one of my favorite adult beverages — I knew I had to commemorate this special event somehow. So in this special edition of the James & Tim Blog, I will write about my three most memorable Bloody Marys.

Bloody Mary on the Space Needle. (07/24/2004)
Bloody Mary on the Space Needle. (07/24/2004)

Space Needle Bloody Mary
One of my most memorable Bloody Marys was in 2004 when we had brunch atop the Seattle Space Needle the day we embarked on a cruise to Alaska. We ordered a couple of these splendid beverages, and were surprised with the garnish they chose: pickled green beans!

Normally you expect a celery stalk and an olive. But green beans? Well, it turns out the Space Needle bartender knows a thing a two about blending flavors, because the combination was freakin' amazing! The only thing that made this Bloody Mary better was the stunning views of Seattle we had while sipping them.

Bloody Mary at Laughlin Ranch Country Club. (11/24/06)
Bloody Mary at Laughlin Ranch Country Club. (11/24/06)

Laughlin Ranch Bloody Mary
I didn't have a lot of expectations when we went to have breakfast at the Laughlin Ranch country club just outside Laughlin, Nevada (technically it's in Arizona). It was our first time there, and when I saw the amazing Bloody Mary they brought out for me, I knew it wouldn't be our last.

Although this looked more like the stereotypical Bloody Mary, with the giant celery stalk, one noteworthy difference between this Bloody Mary and others was the giant prawn used as a garnish. It had a protein. It had a vegetable. Hell, add a slice of bread and it's practically a meal in itself!

Bloody Mary at the Ramos House, San Juan Capistrano. (11/30/2008)
Bloody Mary at the Ramos House, San Juan Capistrano. (11/30/2008)

The Ramos House Cafe Bloody Mary
As you've been reading, I've had some spectacular Bloody Marys over the years. But I think the crown jewel of my Bloody Mary history came just yesterday when we had Sunday brunch with our friend Sean at The Ramos House Cafe in the Los Rios historic district in San Juan Capistrano.

You knew this Bloody Mary was different the moment they brought it out, complete with a fresh clab claw speared into a scotch egg — a hard-boiled quail egg rolled in sausage meat, breaded and deep fried. I kid you not!

Topped with a fresh crab claw and a scotch egg. (11/30/2008)
Topped with a fresh crab claw and a scotch egg. (11/30/2008)

The only thing better than the amazing presentation was the taste. Unlike some Bloody Marys I've had, this one did not have a harsh alcohol taste. The reason why: It's made with fermented vodka, rather than distilled vodka (it has something to do with the classification of the restaurant's liquor license). It was definitely a drink to remember. Talk about a meal in itself!

Happy 75th Birthday to the Bloody Mary!

1 comment:

beastandbean said...

OMG! I was drooling all over myself reading this post...all of those Bloody Marys sound awesome! But from your description, I think the Space Needle Mary has my vote. I had a Bloody Mary -- which is my favorite drink as well -- with pickled green beans one time and it seriously rocked!

Happy 75th birthday old gal!