THE DRINK- Your cocktail, your way

By Eleni Upah

Thanks to tailgating and the growing popularity of brunch, we can all feel a little less guilty pouring a morning drink. And what’s less guilty than a glass full of vegetables?

Enter the Bloody Mary: the perfect mixture of vodka, tomato juice, spices and vegetable garnishes to satisfy the hungry and seasoned palates.

Tally’s Bloody Mary bar is offered each Sunday with extras like shrimp, peppers, bacon and pickles for a different taste each time.

Tally’s Bloody Mary bar is offered each Sunday with extras like shrimp, peppers, bacon and pickles for a different taste each time.

Adding flavors such as Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, beef bouillon and horseradish, the Bloody Mary isn’t your average cocktail. In fact, it’s more like a meal in the form of a drink — especially when you add celery, olive, carrots or pickles as garnish. But if you like tomato juice — and savory drinks rather than sweet drinks — it’s sure to be a favorite.

Tally’s Restaurant Bar and Catering offers a $5 Bloody Mary bar each Sunday, and customers have all the say in creating their best veggie cocktail. With more ingredients than most similar bars have available, customers can be sure to get their fill.

“It’s pretty much breakfast in a glass,” said Tally’s Head Chef Keith Johnson.

Choose from several varieties of tomato juice and add any kind of sauces and seasonings you like, from Tabasco to A1 steak sauce. And don’t forget the freshly ground pepper.

You can also choose from Tally’s various options for edible extras: lemon wedges, carrot sticks, house-made pickled jalapeno peppers, pickles, celery, regular and bleu cheese-stuffed olives, radishes, red bell peppers, shrimp and bacon strips.

Just like the buffet, the customization available at a Bloody Mary bar is part of the appeal. Drinks are just better when you have the power to make them just the way you like, whether that means one or two shots of vodka, two carrots and a pickle, more salt than pepper, heavy or light on the seasonings or any other way.

The only downside to having so many options? Having to make a decision.

“In my opinion, I think a Bloody Mary needs Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, good hot sauce and a good tomato base,” said Johnson. “You don’t need great vodka, I don’t think, (because) there’s so much stuff in it.”

Johnson said a Bloody Mary is almost a meal in itself, and when there’s such an extensive layout of choices, he’s definitely right. RELISH

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