The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond (Hardcover)
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Finalist for the 2018 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Awards
The definitive guide for those devoted to the brunchtime classic, the Bloody Mary, with 50 recipes for making cocktails at home.
The Bloody Mary is one of the most universally-loved drinks. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and beyond, there simply isn't a wrong time for a Bloody.
In The Bloody Mary, author Brian Bartels—beverage director for the beloved West Village restaurants Jeffrey's Grocery, Joseph Leonard, Fedora, Perla, and Bar Sardine—delves into the fun history of this classic drink.(Did Hemingway create it, as legend suggests? Or was it an ornery Parisian bartender?)
More than 50 eclectic recipes, culled from top bartenders around the country, will have drinkers thinking outside the vodka box and taking garnishes to a whole new level.
—DALE DEGROFF, author of The Essential Cocktail
“No, the Bloody Mary isn’t named after the Virgin Mary, who was sad about Jesus and needed a drink. That’s what I thought when my brother and I made Bloody Marys for my parents, a Playmate cooler between us, in the backseat of the car, on our way to New Orleans . . . Thank you, Brian, for setting the record straight!”
—PARKER POSEY, actress
“I would never trust a Bloody Mary from someone who didn’t hail from the great state of Wisconsin, and Brian Bartels is the hero we’ve been waiting for. I’ll gladly take the advice found within these pages.”
—JEFFREY MORGENTHALER, author of The Bar Book
“Brian has spent more than twenty years behind the bar (and perched on the other side when he wasn’t tending it), so I’m thrilled that the Bloody Mary—and dozens of delicious riffs on it—are receiving his insightful, light-hearted, fancy-free play-by-play. With this book, his friends receive the directions we all need to brace for the morning after his intoxicating wit and charm prevail.”
—Jim Meehan, partner in La Boîte Bloody Mary Spices and author of The PDT Cocktail Book and Meehan’s Manual