On my search for Dallas’ signature Bloody Mary
So this week, I’ve been on the hunt for something peculiar, considering my experience with it.
Stoli, the premium vodka, has asked me to find a Bloody Mary that best represents this fair city’s local flavor. I LOVE Stoli, and am totally flattered and super-jazzed to work with them, buuuuut … I don’t exactly love Bloody Marys. Argh!
To me, the classic brunch cocktail has always tasted like spiked, thinned-out gazpacho … or I wish it would! I like gazpacho, but I’ve never understood the appeal of tinny-tasting tomato juice loaded with liquor and all manner of tart garnishes. That said, I *have* had one very delicious Bloody Mary once, made with house-squeezed tomato juice and so spicy it brought tears to my eyes. I loved it, so for Stoli’s so-named Search for Mary, I made my challenge to not only find a “local flavor” version but also a Bloody Mary that’d make a convert out of a non-fan like me a convert. Game on!
With a guiding hand from Stoli’s Dallas-based Brand Ambassador (and all-around diva) Liz Scobee, I popped into some of Dallas finest watering holes face-first, sipping the famed red cocktail everywhere I landed. Soon I landed upon a Bloody Mary that not only made me swoon but, to me (as a foodie), epitomizes one of the enduring favorite foods that Dallas is famed for.
The lovely Miranda at Henderson Avenue’s Capitol Pub crafted for me a supremely satisfying Bloody Mary that had not only a hit of spice that any Dallasite worth their salt would love (thanks to sriracha!), but also had a terrifically round meaty flavor, thanks to a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce – it was such a nice, beefy kick that it made me want a plate of fries or hash browns to go along with it! Not to mention, the Worcestershire brought to my mind (and tummy) a big, juicy steak, the kind that Dallas still loves so much – health kicks be damned – and is famous for. Her usual garnish during the Saturday and Sunday brunch during which her Bloody Mary is popular is an olive, a pickled pepper and a pickled green bean, though she was out of the latter on my visit. No worries – I adored her straightforward, peppy and not-too-thick/soupy cocktail just as it was, and I can’t recommend it enough as a terrific example of our local flavor!
Now, if you’re ready to get your hands on a Bloody Mary, of course stop by Capitol Pub when you can. But also keep in mind that Stoli’s got some drinks on wheels that you can track down this weekend and next!
Stoli’s Bloody Mary Mobile Trucks are crisscrossing Dallas, offering samples of drinkies starting at Sigel’s liquor store in Addison today until 8 p.m.; it’ll also be there tomorrow from 1 to 8 p.m. The food truck-like vehicle will then land at Dish on Cedar Springs from 11 to 7 on Saturday, then hang out from 11 to 7 at Capitol Pub on Sunday. If you find it, pop in for a sip of some stuff and definitely tweet out your find, using the hashtag #SearchForMary.
[Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Stoli, with whom I’m partnering on the Search for Mary for paid reimbursement. I wouldn’t work with a brand I didn’t love, though, and I heart Stoli so! Savor Stoli Responsibly. STOLICHNAYA® Premium Vodka. 40% Alc/Vol. Distilled from grain. William Grant &Sons, Inc. New York, NY. © 2013 Spirits International, B.V.]