My friend Lu Ratunil was the man behind the bar on Sundays at Good World, my favorite brunch spot when I was still the sort of person who went out to brunch. He considers himself a bit of a purist when it comes to bloody marys, explaining that ‘‘since the drink has so many ingredients, the key is to balance them.’’ (Photo: Sarah Anne Ward for The New York Times)
ORIGINAL BLOODY MARY. 1 oz. vodka, 2 oz. tomato juice, 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire to taste, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, Cayenne pepper to taste, and Lemon wedge, celery and olives for garnish. 1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, stir, and pour into an ice-filled collins glass. Garnish with lemon, celery stick with leaves and olives. MAKES 1 COCKTAIL
If you're anything like us, you've spent the last few days (or weeks) plotting out your Super Bowl spread: your nachos, your queso, your chili, your wings. But, just in case you haven't tackled the beverage side of the menu, we wanted to offer a few suggestions.