FOOD HOLIDAY: National Bloody Mary Day

Thank bartender Fernand Petiot for today’s Bloody Mary. Photo courtesy St. Regis Hotel | NYC.   January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day; 2015 marks the 81st anniversary of the drink, originally known as the Red Snapper Cocktail. In 1934, a seminal cocktail event took place at the King Cole Bar, an elegant watering hole…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Ice Pops

Bloody Mary ice pops. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   Yesterday we proposed diet ice pops, made from diet fruit soda. This time, it’s serious: Bloody Mary ice pops. You can turn any juice-based cocktail into an ice pop. We especially like Bloody Mary ice pops because they have no sugar (guilt free!)…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Customize Bloody Mary Drinks With A Bloody Mary Bar

The Bloody Mary is one of the most popular drinks in America (some studies put it at the top of the list). No wonder innovative Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of The National in New York City decided to take the standard up a notch. At The National, a “Bloody Mary specialist” wheels the “Bloody Mary cart”…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Garnishes

Many people add a celery stalk to a Bloody Mary. But how about a fennel stalk instead? It has the same crunch with a much more flavor. Or, use other vegetable garnishes, from dilly beans to pickled asparagus. And how about a glass rimmer, from celery salt to cracked black pepper? There are so many…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Veggie Cocktail Garnish

Cocktail and a snack. Photo courtesy In A Pickle. Here’s a creative cocktail garnish idea: a “cocktail kebab.” Instead of spearing one or two olives or cocktail onions, turn the skewer into a small bite. For Bloody Marys, Martinis and other savory cocktails, you can use: Pear (a.k.a. grape) tomatoes Pickle chips, gherkins or sliced…
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