I've been working on a story about Happy Hours around town and I've sampled two Bloody Mary cocktails that left lasting impressions. I like a Bloody Mary with a peppery, horseradish-y bite. Extra points for garnishes that can double as a small appetizer. And if I get a puckery blast of lime juice, I'm an instant fan.
The recent sips that nailed my criteria:
Pacific Grill Bloody Mary: Priced $8.25 on the regular menu, the cocktail was spicy with a horseradish sting and dotted with flakes of freshly ground black pepper. I appreciated the garnish – a few olives and a fat spear of pickled asparagus. Click "read more" for the recipe from Pacific Grill bar manager Carol Reutercrona.
Where: 1502 Pacific Avenue
Contact: 253-272-6469 or www.pacificgrilltacoma.com
Duke's Bloody Mary: Priced $4.99 on the Happy Hour menu, Duke's Bloody Mary is more like a meal than a drink. The tomato is punched up with a bright lime flavor and the garnish is an impressive spear of two prawns, green onions and a wedge of lime. The drink is served with a pickled green bean spear and a salted rim.
Duke's Chowder House
Where: 3327 Ruston Way
Contact: 253-752-5444 or www.dukeschowderhouse.com
Your turn: where else in town can I find a good Bloody Mary? What makes it your favorite?
Here is a recipe for Pacific Grill's Bloody Marys. "Our Bar Manager, Carol Reutercrona, swears by Demitri's All Natural Bloody Mary Seasoning, which we use in our Bloody Mary Mix," said owner Gordon Naccarato.
This recipe makes about four large cocktails. Enjoy.
Pacific Grill Bloody Mary
6 Fluid Ounces Demitri's Bloody Mary Seasoning, to taste (see note)
30 Fluid Ounces Tomato Juice (5 small cans)
1/2 Lime, juiced
2 Teaspoons Prepared Horseradish (approx.)
Cracked Black Pepper, to taste (about 14 turns of the peppermill)
2 Dashes Tabasco Sauce, to taste--more if you like it really spicy
Premium Vodka (such as Ketel One)
Blend ingredients and serve with garnish of choice.
Note: Find Demitri's at local Albertsons and QFC Stores. Click here for a store list.