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Saturday
Sep172011

Olive of Approval

 

My good friend Annie (an honorary member of the Bloody Mary Brigade) always says, "If you have a great Bloody Mary you really don't need breakfast!!" Truer words have never been spoken. An exceptional bloody should have a stand out garnish (celery, capers, pickles, shrimp, or assorted cured meats), perfect spice and overall unique complex flavor. A good one can make all your brunch dreams come true. Here are The Lady D Bloody Mary Brigade's top five picks for New York.

Prune -We love the selection here. TEN different amazing Mary's to try and each comes with a shot of Red Stripe to balance the flavor and mellow out the acidity. The "Chicago Matchbox" is a favorite, made with homemade lemon vodka and garnished with pickled brussel sprouts, baby white turnips, caper berries, green beans and radishes (see what we mean about not needing breakfast...this baby is a MEAL in a glass).  Other options include the "Greenlake" (a wasabi Mary with beef jerky garnish), "Danish" (made with aquavit, fennel and garnished with a white anchovy) and "The Southwest" (a tequila Mary made with chipotle pepper and lime).

Char no. 4- This is our ultimate go to spot for a uniquely smoky bloody. Their bloody is made with chipotle bourbon and garnished with an amazing house made pickle (I would get a side of those pickles, if I were you). This is a true kick in the pants and nice alternative, if vodka isn't your thing. This also is an outstanding compliment to all their smoky southern brunch fare.

Buttermilk Chanel- This wins for best bloody vodka and garnish pairings. They offer four real winners. My two favorites are "The Court Street", with rosemary vodka paired with an antipasti (cured meats and cheeses) on a stick and "The Star of the Sea” a celery-peppercorn vodka Mary with an oyster garnish.

Enid’s- You have to love the old reliable and this is it!! The perfect recipe of the original bloody, garnished with a HUGE caper berry... you can just tell a lot of love went into the recipe of this gem.  It's the, "DAMN THAT'S GOOD" every time kinda bloody. Also, please get a side of collard greens to go with this, you won't be sorry.

Clover Club-We love the Bloody Mary here cause the unexpected flavor is out of this world. The Bar Man's Bloody Mary is made with bourbon, fernet and loads or basil. Just the aromatic quality of the drink is worth coming to Cobble Hill for. I crave this drink every single weekend.... I’m not kidding...I kinda want it right NOW.

Do you have a Bloody Mary favorite? Are you mad we left something out? Let me know and I will get the brigade on it!!

Tuesday
May242011

Char no. 4 (Carroll Gardens,Brooklyn

 Bourbon Bloody Mary with house pickle

 

Poached eggs with bacon cheddar grits

Kentucky Royale-Bourbon, Sparkling Wine, Cassis and Orange

Char No. 4 is for the kinda Sunday when you wake up and you need a splash of bourbon in your bloody mary (or just the bourbon on the rocks...Hey no one is judging!!!). The eggs are so buttery, the bacon so crisp and the cornbead so moist, it is what brunch dreams are made of.  As soon as you walk in and smell the aroma of smoke and buttermilk and your eyes fall upon the warm hues of bourbon bottles lining the wall, you know this is going to be serious.  You will want to come back for more.... I promise.

Char No. 4

196 Smith St.BrooklynNY 11201 
nr. Baltic St

(all photos by Danielle Malmgren)