Shannon and Brad Wollack are very smart and very stylish friends of mine. Shannon, a fashion girl who formerly worked for Ralph Lauren, is a chic personal concierge and stylist. You know, one of those people who has so much personal style that they can actually make you look better by proximity. Brad makes funnies as a writer on The Chelsea Handler Show. He specializes in making attendees at the BET Awards uncomfortable, red headed little girls shriek, and sometimes he makes funny people look even funnier (he also wrote for the 2010 MTV Music Awards, no biggie). When they're not busy being awesome, they also find time to make their signature bloody mary. You heard it here first.
Shannon and Brad say, So we will be the first to admit--the Wollacks enjoy their cocktail (s). We were staying at the St. Regis and fell in love with their "Bloody Mary Menu" and the history of the bloody mary. Turns out, the Bloody Mary recipe was perfected in 1943 at Old King Bar in the St. Regis New York. The bar changed the name to the Red Snapper because The Bloody Mary was a little inappropriate for the hotel clientele. The St. Regis now has a vast menu of different versions of the bloody mary, but Brad and I always stick with serving the classic Red Snapper -- with a Wollack twist of course!
BLOODY MARY from the St. Regis NYC--aka "The Red Snapper"
1 ounce of belvedere vodka
2 ounces of tomato juice
1 dash of lemon juice
2 dashes of salt
2 dashes of black pepper
2 dashes of cayenne pepper
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Add the salt, peppers, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice to a shaker glass. Add ice, vodka and tomato juice. Shake, pour into a highball glass, garnish with olives and celery. Brad and I love extra kick in our bloody, so we add extra lemon juice and cayenne paper. DRINK UP!!!