Belcampo Meat Co. Bloody Mary (Drink of the Week)

Cocktail Los Angeles

Anya Fernald and Todd Robinson whet Angeleno appetites with the 2014 opening of Belcampo Meat Co. at downtown’s Grand Central Market. They’ve since opened two more L.A. branches, including a Santa Monica outpost with a butcher shop up front and dining room in back with skylights, artistic cow hides, and rust-colored banquettes. Only Santa Monica has a full liquor license, and they’ve made the most of that fact with noted bartender Josh Goldman. He started with creative dinnertime drinks, and now has a tantalizing brunch menu.

Goldman’s House Bloody Mary ($14) was a great match for my Eggs Benedict, and I can see and taste why the drink has been getting national attention. The ultra-savory concoction features The 86 Co.‘s Aylesbury Duck Vodka, which Goldman fat washes with bacon and porcini powder. Clarified tomato juice and a black pepper tincture join the vodka and ice in a tall Collins glass. A green, rectangular celery ice cube helps ensure the beverage benefits from more flavor, rather than inevitable dilution. Resting on the rim of the glass, you’ll find meaty house-cured Belcampo bacon, which Goldman bakes with cracked black pepper and Demerara sugar and lines with an assortment of edible micro flowers.

Belcampo also offers a vegetarian version of the Bloody Mary minus meat, but with horseradish oil and herbal infused vodka, which Goldman calls the Snapping Turtle. Still, I found that Belcampo’s House Bloody Mary has just the right bite for me.

Address: 1026 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Belcampo Meat Co. Bloody Mary (Drink of the Week)

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