While maintaining the integrity of the original Bloody Mary cocktail made famous in the King Cole Bar at The St. Regis, New York, the addition of spices and a distinctively sly Southern twist makes the West Paces Mary at Buckhead’s The St. Regis, Atlanta as unique and iconic as the original. Offering an elegant reinvention of an old standard, it’s much like the hotel itself: a new classic. Now if only someone would give this drink a bloody proper name! Besides being a mouthful to say, the West Paces Mary – named for the hotel’s street address – doesn’t conjure up much of a libation. Might I suggest a Bloody Buck instead?
1oz vodka, 1/2 lemon, squeezed, 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 3 shakes Tabasco, 1/2 tsp. fresh black pepper, 1/4 tsp. cayenne, 1/4 tsp. celery salt, 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns, 2 Tbsp. fresh horseradish, 1 Tbsp. pickled okra juice. Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill glass with ice, shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with olives, okra, and a celery stalk.