Which bartender in San Francisco serves the best Bloody Mary? The 2013 challenge is on. Ten top contenders are battling it out with their choice of ingredients, accoutrements, garnishes, and presentation. It all takes place on the third annual "Sunday, Bloody Sunday Battle," September 8, 2013 at Scala's Bistro, 432 Powell Street, San Francisco.
San Franciscans can be highly opinionated on what ought to go into the perfectly crafted Bloody Mary. Does the Hendrick's gin? Should it be horseradish heavy? How much of a salad do you favor, topped with pickled onion, capers, green olives, or a simple celery stick? What's the ideal ratio of juice to spirit and how about a base laced with V-8 or Clamato? How much Worcester sauce will hit the right note? Go light with a wedge of lime or lemon? Introduce the rim to spiced ground salt? Let's debate ice and the proper glassware.
Anything but vodka
With a 2013 theme of 'anything but vodka,' you're going to see some brand new twists of the classic bloody, for certain. Event sponsors Hendrick's, Almanac, Sailor Jerry, Milagro, and Monkey Shoulder are sure to display the range of what a skilled bartender can do with a BM recipe, and how the rest of us can try it at home. Perfect it before your next Sunday brunch with friends rolls around.
Meet the contenders
All the pouring, mixing, and serving is taking place at Scala's Bistro at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. A stellar lineup of top San Francisco bartenders hail from Beretta, Rye, Copita Tequileria, Honor Kitchen, Hog & Rocks, Novela, 15 Romolo, Twenty Five Lusk, Brian & Mo, Hopscotch. The VIP ticket-holder entry begins at 11:30, general admission for ticket holders is from noon to 2:00 p.m on Sunday, September 8. Access the ticket site online.
Have a taste
Are you a Bloody Mary aficionado or a make-our-own batch wizard? Come along and help the pros duke it out by joining the tastings at the show down. Between sips, munch on bites from Executive Chef Larry Finn or visit the Almanac station. Hard work, but someone's got to do it.
Blast from the past
To get in the mood for this year's "Best Bloody Mary in San Francisco"competition here's the winning recipe for a Bloody Mary with an Italian accent from the much-decorated 2012 champion, Shaher Misif, as shared with the KCBS Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem. Enjoy it served up at Cantina at 580 Sutter Street.
Cara Mia Cocktail
1-5 oz SKYY Vodka:
3/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz Grapefruit juice
3/4 oz sugar syrup:raw sugar
1-5 oz tomato juice
Strained over crushed ice
Garnish of cherry tomato / basil /mozzarella
Sponsorship for Sunday, Bloody Sunday Battle from Hendrick's, Almanac, Sailor Jerry, Milagro, and Monkey Shoulder.