Well, with any new hobby…..work interferes. Oddly enough, I took this hobby on as I could tag team it with my work travels. Yet, the blog was overshadowed with the accelerated and extraordinary amount of travel and an exhausted relationship with my laptop. I just couldn’t look at it more than I needed to. To the point I wanted to take up a pen and paper and post a pic of my review. I almost resorted to writing a review on napkin while consuming said Bloody Mary and posting that. It would have been easier. Less classy and professional but it would have been somewhat effective. We could have called it retro.
While I have neglected the blog I certainly have not neglected my responsibility to sample our favorite spicy drink. I have been posting on Twitter (@bloodymarytour) and on my Instagram account (@Longing4Beach).
Having these sites allow me to go back and select the ones you have missed out on and retrace my steps as I volleyed all around the country. Sadly, we have had some pukerific attempts in making a Bloody Mary. Putrid. In this day and age I find it religious and a travesty to see places make no attempt or a feeble attempt at making this legendary drink. If I wanted a Tomato Juice and Vodka I would have asked for it. I asked for a damn Bloody Mary. Let’s do it right!
So. Where to start? Well, don’t we all love the Happiest Place on Earth? Of course you do and at the holiday season it can be pretty spectacular. It was a warm afternoon in Orlando, FL where I escaped the confines of a conference to rush over to Downtown Disney for lunch with some of my fellow conferences refugees (friends). I guided my weary friends through the merry streets of Downtown Disney and ended up at Fulton’s Crab House. A floating restaurant that looked like it traversed the mighty Mississippi and parked in this man made lagoon in the land of Disney. It’s a lil hokey but it is Disney. You don’t question it. You just accept it. Anywhere else you would make mock of it. I was accepting of my paddle-boat dining once I saw the menu which was filled with many delights and, above all, Stone Crab Claws. Be still my heart. I know, I am here to write about the star cocktail but I must profess my love of Stone Crab Claws and my love for using my travel stipend to indulge in such wonderful delights. This a priceless thing to proclaim.
My eyes are then drawn to their signature Bloody Mary. These folks even offer you their full recipe with some slight secret modifications I am sure. At first glance it’s a standard Bloody with a high price tag. Of course, it should as it is their signature and it made with Absolut Peppar upgrade (umm, why is this such a novelty…it’s Absolut Peppar. Let’s face it. That should be the well Vodka and I do not prefer an infused Vodka in my Bloody Mary) and it came with Old Bay Spiced Shrimp as garnish and served in a Mason Jar. Let’s face it. Presentation is everything and this was spot on. Not over the top that you are scared to pick it up. Not lacking in luster with a sad Lime wedge and an Olive. Now, here is the recipe. Take a look for yourself:
FULTON’S SCRATCH BLOODY MARY
From their site:
Stop in and enjoy a our version of everyone’s favorite cocktail!!
Canned Pear Tomatoes 1 Can
Worcestershire Sauce 1 oz
Horseradish .5 oz
Peppar Vodka 1 3/4 oz
Blend all ingredients in a blender mixed until pureed.
Add to large glass with vodka shake until mixed together.
Garnish with two peel and eat shrimp, cherry tomatoe, lime wedge and green olive.
Four ingredients? Really? I do not believe that is all that she wrote. There were celery seeds (which are fast becoming my must have in a Bloody Mary). It had hints of lime juice and a good layer of Old Bay spices. Gladly, the Horseradish was not overwhelming The only thing missing, in my humble opinion, was a salted rim. Now, pair this up with a full pound of Stone Crab Claws to share with your conference refugees and it makes for one easy way to enjoy a conference. P.S. Don’t miss out on the Lobster Bisque.
The experience here was certainly enhanced by our charming and very attentive waiter. Shame on me as I cannot recall his name. The atmosphere and service was above and beyond. I am sure it would be a beautiful place for dinner in a romantic setting. The interior is charming for sure and has a lot to soak in. The almost all windowed restaurant allows you to gaze out on the water and be at peace with a salty tomato concoction in hand. Oh, and the Lobster Grilled Cheese….fugggeeeeddddaaaboutit. I’ll pass out now thinking of that dish.
So, remember….. If you are a refugee at an Industry Conference…come find me and I will get you to freedom and a great Bloody Mary.