Sunday, December 27, 2009

Capitol Lounge - Bloody Mary Anyone?

My wife and I picked up a friend at Union Station who was passing through on her way back to Chicago. She had a stopover of about 6 hours so we took her around town a bit. We stayed in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and ended up at Capitol Lounge. On Saturdays and Sundays they offer a brunch until 3pm with $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas. It was early in the day so we were in the mood for a good BM.

During brunch, Capitol Lounge's BMs are "build your own." They give you a pint glass with ice and a shot of vodka and then have a station with a pitcher of Bloody Mary mix, celery, other fixings and about 40 different hot sauces from all over America - everything from your good ol' Tabasco to novelty sauces with some of the most hilarious names and labels. I added some "Wanted, Dead or Alive" sauce that had Osama bin Laden's picture on it. I don't exactly know what hot sauce has to do with capturing bin Laden, but it definitely had some kick to it. I added a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, some celery salt and a long stalk of celery and filled it up about three-fourths the way with their sweet tomato mix. It was a perfect addition to our Sunday afternoon and I think the "build your own" Bloody Mary is one of the best ideas this town has had in a long time.

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