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The Drink: Bloody mary with pig’s blood consommé
Where to Get It: Range, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 201; (202) 803-8020; voltrange.com
What It Is: A reinterpretation of the classic hangover cure, with citrine-colored pig’s blood consommé and Tito’s vodka
What It Tastes Like: The lightest, most refreshing bloody mary you’ve ever had. The sanguinary sipper is rich with the flavor of the other white meat, courtesy of the blood, pork trimmings, and bacon that go into the mixer. Once you get over the fact that you’ve become a hog vampire, you can taste hints of fennel, bay leaves, and garlic.
The Story: “I hate bloody marys the same way I hate ketchup,” says beverage director Dane Nakamura. “They’re sticky, they get everywhere, and they smell bad.” So he replaced the usual tomato juice with a yellowed consommé he made with leftovers collected from around Range’s kitchen. “The cocktail is a complete mindfuck,” he says. “Because you’re getting something that looks like iced tea and couldn’t taste more different than that.”
Photo by Nevin Martell