Even if you're not somebody who brunches -- although I'm not actually convinced such a person exists -- chances are you’ve heard of a Bloody Mary before. On its own, the drink is dignified and flavorful; unfortunately, it all too often comes with a sad, wilted piece of celery for garnish, or something similar.
Not anymore, my friends.
For New Yorkers, the Bloody Mary of dreams is only a train ride away because Kingsley, a restaurant in the East Village, is introducing a build-you-own Bloody Mary bar.
"I'm from Chicago; the Bloody Mary is bigger in the Midwest," Roxanne Spruance, chef and owner of Kingsley, told Patch. "I implemented it at another place years ago [in Chicago], but nobody really does it here. In Milwaukee, you can get a burger on top of your Bloody Mary.”
Kingsley’s build-your-own Bloody Mary bar will feature a spread of 30 to 40 garnishes. As Patch reports, options will include homemade pretzels, bacon, pickles, cheeses, shrimp and even marinated octopus. Fear not, traditionalists: Celery will be there for the taking too, although I don't know why you would.
The ode to Spruance’s Midwestern roots will set customers back $14. Here’s a photo of what you could be drinking for some brunch-time inspiration: