This is tale 2 of the hunt for the “best” bloodies in the city. As you know, when he isn’t sleeping we have been spending Mr. Dr.’s Saturday afternoons off heading around town in search of a Bloody Mary that can compare to the Zing Zang. The first spot we tried had rave reviews but turned out to be a little disappointing despite the love for a drink that is both a drink and a snack. Our next spot was not chosen based on internet browsing but rather a recommendation by a reliable source in the hospital where Mr. Dr. works. But after the first spot’s experience we weren’t getting our hopes up. We ventured down to the East Village and made it to our chosen venue. We sat down and grabbed two seats at the bar since it was a pretty crowded scene. I glanced at the menu and gasped in excitement at what my eye found. A brunch cocktail made with vodka, lemon juice and champagne. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. This drink could not go unordered. This was certainly a pleasant surprise and one cocktail that I had not yet seen on a brunch menu. But genius. Just genius. So we ordered – me a Texas 75 (terrible name but as you know, I don’t judge), and Mr. Dr. a Bloody Mary (that according to the menu is an award-winning version of the classic). We will be the judge of that.
Ok. So. My Texas 75 was soooo good. I loved every sip and wished for more when it was finished. While we sipped, Mr. Dr. and I pondered the opening of a brunch-only restaurant. I can’t divulge our ideas because we may need this to be our money-making scheme one day if Doctorhood doesn’t work out but I think we are on to something. Ok, so back to the bloody review on the Bloodie. It was OK. As you can see in the photo, no bells and whistles like the first place. But we still can’t rate it as one of the “best” and I’m not so sure I’d even go as far as to agree with the award-winning part. It wasn’t bad. It was just kind of blah. Nothing too special. We watched the bartender make it and I was hoping that I when I saw the boring tomato juice pouring out of the pitcher that there was a secret ingredient mixed in. Sadly, there didn’t seem to be. Don’t get me wrong, it was OK. But I have had better. For as much as the Bloodie was missing the extra pizzazz, my delicious cocktail made up for it. Mmmm. It even inspired me to make my own version when I got home. I love when I stumble upon new cocktails when I least expect it.
-Generous Amount of Vodka
-Generous Amount of Champagne
-3 Splashes of Lemon Juice
Mix the above in a shaker and voila. Simple, sensational and splendid – that’s my motto for this cocktail. Enjoy