Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Marys & Mimosas - Booze for Breakfast

Bringing Back The Breakfast Drink
Marys and Mimosas

Both the Bloody Mary and Mimosa make it socially acceptable to drink before noon.  While this can be a problem if the drinking continues all day, on its own, a Mary or a Mimosa is a beautiful thing.

The Bloody Mary can be a meal in itself - a healthy sounding one at that with a slightly morbid name. Bloody Marys traditionally are made with vodka and tomato juice which is then heavily spiced and garnished. Some say this drink was conceived in Paris in the roaring 20's.  Others trace it back to the 30's as a cure to the dreaded hangover. Either way, this breakfast cocktail has evolved with many twists being added along the way.

The Mimosa, on the other hand, is a mainstay of the classy champagne brunch with a straightforward recipe: champagne or sparkling wine and orange juice. Yes, this is a drink you can make yourself. It was supposedly invented in back in 1925 at a Parisian Hotel. As with most cocktails, there are Mimosa variations such as switching up the juice variety. Adding to the elegance is that this breakfast cocktail is usually served in a champagne flute.

You can find both Marys and Mimosas at a number of regional establishments where drinking at breakfast locally is not only allowed but encouraged.  Here are a few of our favorites:

The Davenport Hotel (10 South Post in downtown Spokane) features a Bloody Mary Bar during their decadent Sunday Brunch. This is the one place where you can get your Mary precisely the way you like it since they offer a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. It's $10 a trip with or without brunch and includes specialty libations including Salmon, JalapeƱo, and Bacon infused vodkas. You then choose either V8 or Clamato juice and garnish it the way you want with pickled asparagus, blue cheese stuffed olives, celery and carrots. In addition you have a bevy of hot sauces to spice it up to your liking. Open every Sunday from 10am to 1pm with brunch optional.

Satellite Lounge and Diner (425 West Sprague in downtown Spokane) invites you to dive in after a big night out as the full menu is available from 7am-4am nightly. Pony up to the bar stool for not only immediate but friendly service for a traditional breakfast and a self-professed award- winning Bloody Mary or a pretty perfect Mimosa. It is not only a good option, but at 3am, it is undoubtedly the best option.

Famous Ed's (2911 East 57th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill) plays the value card and helps you get started with your first Bloody Mary or Mimosa being only $2 when you order breakfast. In addition to being cheap, they're good, but I'd ask them to deliver the hot sauce to spice it up to perfection at the table. We think either Mary or Mimosa will be a perfect companion for your scramble, omelet or benedict. Breakfast begins at 7am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Latah Bistro (4241 South Cheney-Spokane Road south of Spokane on 195)  This top-notch restaurant is serving up more than just organic eggs for you every Sunday from 10am-2pm. Choose from either a Proud Mary which includes a hard-boiled egg, bacon and marinated asparagus or a Mimosa with the option of pineapple juice instead of the traditional orange juice. Expect a more gourmet breakfast with incredible choices such as a Banana Waffle or a Bistro Egg Sandwich.

Italia Trattoria (144 South Cannon Street in Spokane) features a BLT Bloody Mary made with Bacon Vodka, their scratch Mary mix, and then topped with lettuce and tomato. Italia is a fabulous stop for brunch Saturday or Sunday from 9am-2pm.   Also on the menu is an Italia Mimosa or a Blood Orange or Pomegranate Bellini.

Coeur d'Alene Resort (115 South 2nd Street in Coeur d'Alene) Dockside features the Signature Sunday Brunch which includes enough options to satisfying everyone in your party. Traditional Bloody Marys and Mimosa are featured. Stunning lake views are included at no charge. Then there is the seasonal option of breakfast at The Floating Green Restaurant. Located on the course with a perfect view of the world-famous floating green, this latest addition to the resort’s dining options opens in May and the same Marys and Mimosas will help you greet the warmer weather.

Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery (1710 West Riverstone Drive in Couer d'Alene) takes the drinking in the morning a step further by serving a full line-up of breakfast cocktails.  Yes there's a House recipe Bloody Mary and a traditional Mimosa but you'll also find morning Screwdrivers and a Sunday Paper Martini. Brunch is offered 10am-2pm every Sunday.

Photo Credit: Las Vegas Seniors 

Sip's Article was published in Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine


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