Archive for March 17, 2013

My last Bloody Mary in Australia came from Longrain, a swanky upscale restaurant in Melbourne.

They have odd hours (Lunch | Friday 12pm – 3pm Dinner | Monday – Thursday 6pm – late; Friday,  Saturday, Sunday 5.30pm – late), so it was lucky that we finally got here my last night in town.

Their Bloody Longrain is a spicy Thai take of the traditional Bloody Mary and I can tell you—boy was it spicy! This drink is NOT for everyone.

Here’s a video on how they make it:

Spice: Very! Of the three of us, I was the only one who really liked it; consequently, I had to finish two of these by myself!

Mix: See video!

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s: “Pickle” (Not really a pickle as we know them, it was more like a cucumber) and lemon wedge.

Price: $17 each (high even by Melbourne standards!)

So there you have it, my Bloody Mary search gone international!


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I present the Green Tomato Bloody Mary! (Haven’t actually tried one, but sounds pretty great.)

Green Bloody Mary Recipe

Melbourne was my second stop after Sydney and I found more of the same in terms of availability and pricing when it comes to Bloody Marys.

But I gave it a shot and ordered one at the Melbourne Central Lion Hotel.

And I will let you in on a little secret: The Central Lion is not really a hotel!

Did you know that many bars are called hotels in Australia?

The reason dates back to late nineteenth century when liquor legislation forced pubs to also provide accommodation. The presence of a few rooms (rarely used) and the “hotel” name then gave some impression the rules were being followed. Many venues still carry this tradition today. (For more info, check out the Australian Hotels Association here.)

Anyway, on to the Bloody:

Spice: Not very.

Mix: Made with tomato juice worcestershire, and spices (I saw them hand mix behind the bar)

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s: Celery

Price: Wasn’t listed on the menu, so unknown, but likely not cheap!

The verdict? A cool little “hotel,” but when you’re in Australia, I highly recommend you try out some of the ciders they serve instead, or an ice-cold Carlton Draught!