Cocktail garnishes can get pretty creative—dumplings, popsicles—but the new bloody Mary adornment at Buffalo & Bergen takes the cake. Or bagel. Behold: the Lox’d & Loaded, a spicy bloody crowned with a fresh-baked bagel and smoked salmon.
Barwoman Gina Chersevani is behind the creation, which will have its first run at the Union Market bar this weekend; we first sampled it at Washingtonian’s Brunch & Bloodys event, where it took first place in the cocktail contest. The base bloody is a spicy brew that starts with cooking tomatoes to intensify their flavor, straining the mixture, and seasoning it with “everything” spices, black pepper, horseradish, celery seed, and a generous amount of Tabasco. Vodka and lemon juice add booze and a bright kick. The pièce de résistance: a New York-style bagel, baked fresh every morning, spread with cream cheese and stacked with the traditional fixings and lox from a New York State smokery. While unorthodox, a swirl stick of bacon is always an option.
The meal-in-a-glass goes for $18, or you can take an eight-serving jar of the bloody mix home for $10. L’chaim.