As South Kensington restaurant La Brasserie offers lessons in Bloody Mary making, we explore the history of this hair-of-the-dog drink
Someone once said: “If you want to drink all day, you better start early” and what better way to get yourself into this school of thought than attending a Bloody Mary Masterclass by bartending legend Alejandro Flores at La Brasserie in South Kensington?
Priced at just £10 per person and including breakfast, a drinks making lesson and the beverage itself, this cocktail class is now held weekly on Saturday mornings from 10am until 12 noon.
The origins of this popular hair-of-the-dog drink are much disputed and though it has been described as “the world’s most complex cocktail” by a New Jersey flavour analyst named Dr Neil Da Costa, it is actually a perfectly straightforward drink. It is commonly thought the Bloody Mary was named after Queen Mary I but it turns out that it might actually have given its moniker in honour of either the actress Mary Pickford or a waitress at a Chicago pub named The Bucket of Blood.
Described also as the only drink that “gives celery a reason to exist” by Thrillist’s David Blend, those who attend Alex Flores’ class will become experts in Bloody Mary making. We can’t think of a better trick to have up your sleeve to impress your guests on Christmas morning at 7am.
To book to attend La Brasserie’s Bloody Mary Masterclass (held at 272 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2AW) this coming Saturday call +44 (0) 20 7581 3089.
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