Bloody Mary @ Carthay Circle Lounge

Price: $12.00

When: May 7, 2016, 12:25 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Bill and I are tooling around the parks on a random Saturday morning. We have lunch reservations at the Carthay Circle Restaurant, but wind up arriving early enough that we’re directed to cool our jets in the Carthay Circle Lounge until our table is ready.

Excellent. Let’s see what looks good on their cocktail menu.

In my experience, there’s an art to picking a good, pre-lunch cocktail. Success is all about restrictions: not too boozy, sugary, or heavy. (You don’t want to ruin your meal.)

I spot the Bloody Mary. Perfect.

The Carthay Bloody Mary is a bit different from other Bloody Marys (Bloodies Mary?) I’ve tried. The typical Bloody Mary is about strong tomato juice and some accompaniments – robust tomato flavor, coupled with a celery spear, maybe an olive or two on a toothpick, with the whole thing backed by a good shot of vodka.

This is not that drink.

The Carthay’s interpretation of the Mary is more … impressionistic. They’re using a thin, watery tomato juice, which makes the consistency of the drink fairly weak. They’ve tossed in barbecue bitters and habanero vodka, so there’s a lot more spice than I’m used to. And finally, the garnish is a dehydrated tomato slice (sitting alongside a sprig of dill).

I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy this. The spicy burn on the tongue was interesting, but the consistency of the beverage gives it a sub-optimal mouth feel. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, and unfortunately not something I’d want to order again.

Not recommended.