[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Bloody Mary is a classic cocktail that’s been around for almost a century, allegedly making its first appearance in New York in the 1920’s.
Perhaps the most popular cocktail at Sunday brunch, tall, red Mary has been reincarnated more times than Madonna, getting more bizarre at each turn.
Sounds like some other famous Marys in history.
The Four Seasons channels The Big Easy, with hearty ham, shrimp, BBQ rub and bourbon. It’s the meat lover’s Mary. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. (202) 342-0444
Mary becomes a hipster with Matchbox’s Bloody Beer, with a PBR tall boy ($5) mixed with your choice of house mix. 521 8th Street SE, Washington DC. (202) 548-0369
The Heights offers the ultimate Bloody Mary menu. Choose from a variety of vodkas, tequilas, gin and juices; then extras like clam juice, beef broth, wasabi, Old Bay, Louisiana hot sauce, jicama, pickled ginger; and finally, smoked bacon, steamed shrimp, or lump crabmeat. 3115 14th Street NW, Washington DC. (202) 797-7227
Sip a spicy Shanghai Mary at The Source, with Stoli vodka, tomato juice, Szechuan chili paste and pickled chilis; District Mary has Smirnoff vodka, tomato juice, lime juice, and wears a miniature half smoke for a hat. 575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. (202) 6376100
After a hundred years, Mary assumes a new identity at Birch & Barley. The Merry Marcel ($8) has sugar baby watermelon puree, tomato juice, Plymouth Gin Horseradish, lemon, pepper, Tabasco, and celery seed. 1337 14th Street NW, Washington DC. 202.567.2576
Photo: Marco Veringa