Bloody Mary Trolley at 45 Park Lane in London
45 Park Lane, Dorchester Collection’s Mayfair hotel and home to celeb-ri-chef (just made that up; hope it sticks) Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, has launched a brunch menu that they hope sticks. Along with the live jazz music, the brunch features a Bloody Mary Trolley dedicated to pilgrims of the perfect mix. Aware of the exacting personal preferences associated with each person’s ideal Bloody Mary, Bar 45 Barman Tom Morris sourced an array of local ingredients to cater to every taste. You can choose, then, from their classic, The Bloody Carrot, and the Red Snapper made with gin, or you can create your very own Bloody Mary choosing from more traditional ingredients, to the not-so-much: CUT’s beef stock, horseradish vodka, chilli syrup, and spice gomme.
Cost for the Bloody Mary: $22 (although one is included in the price of the brunch at $88)
Cost to stay the night, not including all of the Bloody Marys you drank: $989
Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters at Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin
Our Aussie hotel neighbors also appreciate a good Bloody Mary, and none more so than the cheap and cheerful Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin. This value-priced hotel, decked out in maple wood, white and grey with splashes of orange, specializes in Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters.
1/2 oz chilled vodka
1 oz chilled tomato juice
1 t lemon juice
1 t Worcestershire Sauce
Stir in a pinch each of sugar, salt and ground black pepper and add 1 fresh oyster. Add a small celery stick to glass and swig back.
Cost for the Bloody Mary: $9
Cost to stay the night, not including all of the Bloody Marys you drank: $156
Finally, we’ll leave you with the recipe for this quintessentially British version of The Most Quintessential Bloody Mary from The Goring:
1-3/4 oz of Smirnoff Red Vodka
2 t of lemon juice
6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
Half a teaspoon of horseradish
Top with tomato juice
Float 1 t of dry Sherry on the top
Serve in a highball. Garnish with a celery branch and a slice of lemon.
Cost for the Bloody Mary: $24
Cost to stay the night, not including all of the Bloody Marys you drank: $583
[Photos: Omni Mount Washington; 45 Park Lane; Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin; The Goring]