Welcome in 2019 by celebrating National Bloody Mary Day, a single day devoted to the national celebration of the mighty Bloody Mary. Flavoursome and spicy, the ‘hair of the dog’ is a renowned concoction that’s been around since the 1920s. It’s typically made with vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire and hot sauces, and with the refreshing addition of celery or cucumber. If this is all very mouth-watering and you’ve been convinced, check out the below places in London where we know you’ll find the finest, most delicious bloody Mary’s around. Alternatively, if moving from your bed and stepping outside doesn’t seem likely, check out the recipe from the Blakes Hotel at the bottom which will teach you how to make a thirst quenching Bloody Mary without even leaving the house.
Best Bloody Marys in London
Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea
Cinnamon Kitchen is an elegant spot for all-day modern Indian cuisine headed by Chef Vivek Singh. Go there for the Weekend Power Station Brunch and order the perfectly accompanying ‘Power Mary’, a twist on a classic cocktail made with Cinnamon Kitchen’s house spice mix.
Market Hall Fulham
20 steps from Fulham Broadway station and seemingly always buzzing, Market Hall, built within an Edwardian Underground station, boasts a unique food and drink offering with 7 kitchens, a coffee shop and a bar, topped off with laid-back seating. Get one of their DIY Bloody Mary kits which include all the works for a great Bloody Mary (vodka, beetroot lemon, celery salt…) and serves 4-6 people!
Luxury private members’ club Home House in Marylebone serves the ‘Bloody Shame’ – a virgin Mary (sans alcohol) ideal for those not fancying alcohol or perhaps partaking in Dry January…
The Duke of Sussex
One of London’s cosiest and yet most spacious inns, pop into The Duke of Sussex this New Year’s Day and order the Classic Bloody Mary cocktail, only £7.50, made with Ketel One Vodka and seasoned with fresh garnishes and spices.
45 Jermyn St.
Ring in the New Year with glitz and glamour promised with a visit to 45 Jermyn St. The award-winning dining room, well known for its delicious brunch, has a menu entirely dedicated to Bloody Mary’s. There are 5x different recipes, ranging from a Virtuous Mary which uses tomato, chilli, cucumber and white wine vinegar to a Hinomaru Mary made with Japanese dressing, Sriracha, cayenne pepper and smoked salt. For the full Bloody Mary experience, order selected dishes from the special menu, such as lobster benedict and marmite crumpets with duck egg.
The sophisticated and chic black dining room in Kensington’s Blakes Hotel is garnished by a simple silver tray/stand containing all the secrets of a great Bloody Mary. Order the cocktail and expect back a unique and refreshing tipple made with love, that along with whatever fresh dish you order will send you into a deliciously relaxing and no doubt well-deserved New Year’s day chill.
Fancy trying to concoct Alex Spencer’s Blakes Bloody Mary at home? Follow this recipe and make it yourself:
Bloody Mary Recipe
Ingredients – per glass:
- 10ml Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Pinch Hawaiian Black Sea Salt
- 1 Pinch Black Pepper
- 1 Pinch Grated Fresh Garlic juice
- 5ml Honey
- 1 Diced Green Olive
- 2 Slice dehydrated chilli
- 10ml Horseradish Paste
- 5ml Tabasco
- 75ml Tomato juice
- 50ml Absolute Elyx Vodka
- 25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Pour from iced Boston shaker into High Ball Glass and Garnish with Celery Stick, Basil leaves, 2 fresh chilli slices and a twist of black pepper. On a cocktail pick, place one pitted olive and one cherry tomato. Enjoy!
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