Best Bloody Mary


A good Bloody Mary is a meal in itself, a bracing, vitamin-rich eye-opener with all the added benefits of hard liquor. Properly prepared, it's a rich and salubrious antidote to hunger and hangover alike. As its name indicates, Henry's' Everything but the Kitchen Sink Bloody Mary is particularly nourishing. Finlandia vodka is infused with horseradish, spices, and a garden's worth of garlic, onion, peppers, and cucumber, muddled with lime and stirred into house-made tomato juice, then — the crowning touch — splashed with a dollop of Guinness. The result is a lush, spicy, positively stimulating libation, the stout adding a creamy texture that is sensed rather than tasted, like the chocolate in a good mole. A pickled green-bean garnish contributes crunch and heft, but if you want something more substantial, this handsomely remodeled Old Blue hangout can set you up with lemongrass garlic fries, deviled duck eggs, and other cutting-edge pub grub.
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