We suspect most folks actually rise for brunch because it's the legit daytime meal for boozin'. Orange juice in your champagne? Sure, but seasoned pros always go for the Bloody Mary The problem with the drink, though, is that every restaurant interprets it differently, leading to wins in some places, face-plants in others.
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Fortunately, the fancy mix masters at Fashion Island's Fig & Olive have got you covered. A mobile Bloody Mary station will now cart over upon request, ready for action.
"Do you like it spicy?" said the manager, in his noticeably French accent. After I responded in the affirmative, he went to work assembling our beverage. Belvedere vodka, Peligroso tequila and Tanqueray gin were part of his arsenal. Depending on his mood, you may end up with a Bloody Maria— tequila, Sriracha, diced jalapeno, lime juice, chili rim and olive finish. If that's not your fancy, ask them to pour from carafes of orange or grapefruit juices. Our second round included a celery salt rim, sliced cherry tomatoes and cornichons.
The wine glass is a nice touch, but proceed cautiously when taking a swig. It's completely made to your liking, making it a winner in our book.