When I arrived late to a brunch at Le Caprice yesterday, gentlemanly host Zac Posen interrupted his meal mid-bite to graciously welcome me to his affair. I was already riding high with anxiety—arriving late only to discover that the room was filled with the most recognizable faces in the fashion and journalism worlds. But his warm welcome, combined with the fact that I was about to enjoy some mid-day cocktails courtesy of Belvedere Bloody Mary, put me immediately at ease.
I’ve always had an issue with Bloody Marys, the issue being that I’ve never particularly liked them. (Even though I’ve never actually ordered one, only accepted the pre-made concotions that come with pre fixe brunch menus.) With guests like Leigh Lezark, Dani Stahl, Kate Lanphear, Derek Blasberg, Gordin Nicol, Ann and Pat Cleveland, Jessica White, Marjorie Gubelman, Zani Guggleman, Masha Orloff, Stephanie La Cava, Poppy de Villeneuve, Michelle Harper, and Mia Rosing in attendance, I new that I was not about to imbibe a weak or watery concoction. In fact, Zac himself designed the special menu, including his own favorite brunch offerings to be especially paired with bespoke Bloody Mary cocktails. Indeed, these Bloodys were like no other: the classic variety on offer was made with pitch-perfect spice thanks to the incredible, award winning flavor with which the vodka is infused. It brought pep to the Pineapple Mary, the dynamic Very Mary, and the Bloody Veggie.
Mind you, I had to immediately head back to work — therefore I imbibed freely. Zac’s menu, which featured eggs, steak tartare, a duck salad, and a shrimp burger, was about as big of a hit as his designs. People table-hopped like mad, chatting about the news that Zac will be designing Josephine de la Baume’s wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials (she’ll marry Mark Ronson later this year). Zac also decorated the menus with sketches of Le Caprice’s chic servers. On the back of each menu he inscribed, “Being a New Yorker, born and bred, brunch is a part of my vocabulary. It’s where business deals are built.” A few weeks ago, he hosted a similar brunch with Belvedere Blood Mary at the Le Caprice in London.
Anticipating the spring weather, the meal got me incredibly excited for my next Bloody Mary (now I know I’ll have to order it with Belvedere Bloody Mary vodka), which, unfortunately won’t be happening again during the workweek. The Zac Posen Belvedere Bloody Mary menu will be available at Le Caprice New York starting this Saturday through June 26th.
Favorite Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipes: Belvedere Bloody Mary Classic 1.5oz Belvedere Bloody Mary 3 Drops Tabasco 0.5oz Lemon Juice 2 Bar Spoons Worcester Sauce 4oz Tomato Juice
Belvedere Pineapple Mary 1.5oz Belvedere Bloody Mary 3oz Fresh Pineapple Juice 0.75oz Fresh Lime Juice 2 Bar Spoons Simple Syrup 2 Dashes Orange Bitters 1/8 Bar Spoon Smoke Paprika (Hot)