Oh, the serendipity. National Bloody Mary Day on Jan. 1, 2017 falls on Sunday, a traditional brunch day.
Because of the way the holiday hits, some regular brunch haunts will not be open. But for those overzealous New Year’s Eve revelers who might need a Bloody Mary, places will be open and serving hair of the dog.
If you plan on brunching, we highly recommend a reservation at these places.
Cecelia’s Ristorante (716 Elmwood Ave., ceceliasristorante.com) will serve its regular Saturday and Sunday brunch on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The restaurant uses its own house recipe mix and garnishes the Bloody Mary with a cucumber, kosher salt, olives and lime.
Providence Social (490 Rhode Island, theprovidencesocial.com) will also be open for its regular Saturday and Sunday brunch on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. According to the restaurant's Bloody Mary specialist Lisa Ellen Cooper, Bloody Socials are made the traditional way but with a vodka infused with habanero, jalapeno, citrus and spices. The house mix includes tomato juice and a variety of ingredients like Worcestershire, Tabasco, horseradish, celery salt, olive brine, pickle juice and “a few other secrets.” The seasonal garnish is a housemade pickle — currently turnips and radishes.
800 Maple (800 Maple Road, 800maple.com) will be open Jan. 1 and serves a make-your-own Bloody Mary that starts at $6, with an upcharge for a premium spirits, like Grey Goose or Skyy vodkas. Love bourbon or gin? Have your Bloody Mary made with Buffalo Trace or Tanqueray. Mixes include Clamato, the restaurant's homemade Bloody Mary mix — regular or an extra spicy version. Rim your glass with the likes of ancho chili salt, Old Bay seasoning or celery salt. Choose a garnish from blue cheese olives to a Slim Jim ($2) or chilled shrimp skewer ($3). The sky is the limit for your Bloody Mary.
Both Trattoria Aroma on Bryant (307 Bryant St., aromabryant.com) and its sister location in East Amherst (4840 N. French, aromanorthfrench.com) will serve New Year’s Day brunch. A regular Bloody Mary starts with a housemade mix. For the adventurous, there are interesting twists, like a Walker Texas Ranger Bloody Mary made with barbecue sauce, beef broth and bacon among other ingredients. The Bloody O’Mary adds Guinness Irish stout and a Slim Jim. The Rising Sun includes sake, wasabi, cucumber, soy and ginger.
The Roycroft Inn (40 S. Grove St., East Aurora, roycroftinn.com) serves New Year’s Day brunch, with a Bloody Mary included in the price ($42). Food and beverage manager Dan Garvey hopes to have the regular Bloody Mary bar set up, but space is at a premium for the special day. Guests can customize their Bloody Mary from a wide range of ingredients with an upcharge for premium liquors, like local favorite Tommy Rotter vodka, or other call brands like Absolut Lemon, Svedka Cucumber Lime or a bacon-flavored vodka. The Bloody Maria uses Jose Cuervo tequila. Each week a new garnish is featured, like homemade brined green beans and cauliflower skewers with a salami wrapped giant green olive. Bartenders sometimes invent a premium garnish for brunch, like the recent mini grilled cheese made with First Light Creamery hot pepper cheese.
Cole’s (1104 Elmwood Ave., colesonelmwood.com) will be open Jan. 1 for its regular brunch with its large selection of Bloody Marys, starting with late bartender Joe Lang’s famous classic Bloody Mary made with his secret recipe. Or choose from a list of others, like the Buffalo Bloody Mary that combines local Lockhouse vodka with Frank’s hot sauce and a mix made with Cole’s “secret spices.” The drink is topped with blue cheese. A cucumber Bloody Mary is made with cucumber vodka; the Bloody Matador with tequila and salsa; and the bacon Bloody Mary with Bakon Vodka.
Toutant (437 Ellicott St., toutantbuffalo.com) will be open New Year’s Day for its regular brunch with extended hours from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Under its “hair of the dog” portion of the menu, guests can indulge in a regular Bloody Mary or a Lobster Caesar made with Clamato juice and we assume, garnished with lobster.
Here are a few places that won’t be open, but still have a great Bloody Mary:
Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St., hydraulichearth.com) will not be open for its usual Saturday Bagels & Booze Brunch on New Year’s Eve, but visit any other Saturday. The Bloody Mary mix made with stout beer serves as a base for three versions of a Bloody Mary — a regular Bloody Mary, Caesar Bloody Mary and a Wilbur (bacon bourbon, lime juice and house chipotle).
Oshun (5 E. Huron, oshunseafood.com) will not be open New Year’s Day, but on another Sunday enjoy its oyster shooter Bloody Mary two ways — classic made with vodka or a Bloody Maria made with tequila — and of course, a fresh oyster.
31 Club (31 Johnson Park, the31club.com) normally serves buy-one, get-one Bloody Marys made from their own house mix on Sundays.