Toast to National Bloody Mary Day at one of these Berkshire spots
Ring in the New Year in style with 2019's first food holiday, National Bloody Mary Day, on Jan. 1.
This savory brunch-time drink is popular year-round, and we can see why. The traditional preparation is a mix of tomato (juice or paste), vodka and a combination of spices and flavors, including hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce and celery salt. The drink has been thought to be a hangover cure, though we're not making any promises there! Said to be invented in France in 1921, this drink was brought over to the U.S. where the popular celery stalk and dash of Tabasco sauce were added. Whether you like your bloody mary spicy or mild, garnished with celery stalk or a cheeseburger, The Berkshires has got you covered. From the traditional to the outrageous, here's a selection of bloody marys you can find in the area year-round.
The Lion's Den Pub at The Red Lion Inn
30 Main St., Stockbridge. Monday-Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. www.redlioninn.com, 413-298-5545
Located in downtown Stockbridge, this Berkshire mainstay has been welcoming travelers for almost 250 years. Besides the rocking chairs on the porch and the cozy accommodations, one of the highlights that keeps travelers coming to the inn are the bloody marys. The team at RLI keeps the preparation traditional and pride themselves on the fact that all elements, including the mix, are made from scratch and features Berkshire Mountain Distillery Ice Glen Vodka. The bloody mary can be ordered seven days a week at any of restaurants on the property. This winter, we recommend having one in the Lion's Den Pub, a cozy spot that features live music every night, without a cover charge.
Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co.
71 Church St., Lenox. Served Thursdays, starting at 5 p.m. fireflylenox.com, 413-637-2700.
The downtown Lenox restaurant Firefly features an Edible Bloody Mary on Thursday nights as part of the restaurant's specials menu — it's one for champions! Building on the basic bloody mary recipe, the team offers two options in oversized drinks: Land or Sea. The Edible Bloody Mary on Land is topped with cheeseburgers and chicken wings, while the Edible Bloody Mary on Sea features skewers of grilled scallops and shrimp, with bacon strips and dilly beans. As part of Firefly's Breakfast for Dinner menu on Thursdays, diners can order either of the preparations ($20 to $25) or a bowl-sized bloody mary, which has four of each of the items from land and sea ($42). Perfect for splitting with the whole gang!
AJ's Trailside Pub
12 Pleasant St., Adams. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 413-743-7831, www.facebook.com/ajstrailsidepub
Located in the old railroad station on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Adams, AJ's Trailside Pub serves American pub-style food, from burgers to hot dogs, and is a sweet spot to check out the game. Its drink, the Ultimate Bloody Mary, lives up to its name. Available seven days a week, a traditional bloody mary is topped with the works: a cheeseburger slider, chicken wing, a fried mac-and-cheese bite, an onion ring, as well as an ever-rotating list of accoutrements, including an empanada or even a pierogi, for $11.99. If there is something you're not a fan of, just let them know and they will swap it out. Pair that with one of the pub-food meals, such as the Titanic Taco or the popcorn chicken bowl, and you're starting the new year off right.
Shire Breu-Hous at The Stationery Factory
63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton. Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Monday; Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. 413-842-8313, www.shirebreuhous.com
In the Stationery Factory building in Dalton, this brewery and brew pub not only has a strong beer game, but also has a cocktail menu that turns heads. The brunch-time Breu-Hous Bloody Mary is made in-house and topped with a deviled egg, a skewer of cornichons, manchego cheese, an artichoke and a pearl onion, for $12. Its look-alike, A Bloody Shame, has all of the fixings, but without the alcohol for a cool $9. Bloody marys for everyone! Round out your brunch with a fried chicken club sandwich or the farm burger.
When you are adding a bloody mary to your brunch order or having it any time of week, make sure to check the menus and restaurant schedules to confirm if it is a brunch-only drink or on the daily menu. Menus and business hours tend to shift in the winter, so check it out and cheers to you in the new year whether you like your bloody marys traditional or with the mac-and-cheese bite on top!
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