by Emily Connor, Dining and Nightlife Editor
While Leonardo DiCaprio jumped off its balcony in Catch Me if You Can and Adrian Grenier threw a punch at a party there in Entourage, the magnificent Roosevelt Hotel is known for more than just being a Hollywood hotspot and favorite filming locale. Although Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and countless other film legends have walked the Hotel Roosevelt’s halls, the hotel bar was truly the most memorable part. In one of the most famous hotel lobbies, my sister and I tasted a drink that changed our lives.
Upon arriving at the bar, we searched for a menu or specialty cocktail list. However, when the bartender said there was no menu and simply asked what type of drinks we liked, we knew we were in for a treat. When my sister said she liked vodka-based drinks, the bartender said he would make “the best Bloody Mary we would ever have.”
And he was not lying. The spicy, salty and savory drink was a perfect balance of unique flavors. Not overbearing and heavy like some, this Bloody Mary was a true work of art.
So I pestered for the secret to his work, and the bartender gave me his winning tip. Use cheap vodka! But splurge on the tomato juice. The tomato is the base of the drink, so its flavor and texture is the most important part.
Although Bloody Marys aren’t for everyone, they are a wonderful drink to accompany brunch. And for those attending the Mifflin Street Block party this year, a Bloody Mary would be a great pre-party cocktail. They also work great for the next morning too.
1 oz vodka, rail (Takka, Fleischman’s etc.)
3 oz tomato juice
2-4 dashes Tabasco
2 dashes Worchester sauce
Squeeze of lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Celery and lemon wedge, garnish
Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco, Worchester sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper into the glass. Stir contents. Garnish with a celery stalk and wedge of lemon.