I am Canadian, so that means at brunch I should be ordering Bloody Caesars… and I used to drink them until I met Manny Aguirre and his magic cocktail spoon. He spent decades behind the bar at Musso and Frank on Hollywood Boulevard, serving drinks to everyone from William Faulkner who would mix his own mint juleps at the bar, to Steve McQueen who used to throw back Löwenbräu there. Manny told me his favorite customers were Bette Davis and Lucille Ball, but, he said, “Just because they’re famous doesn’t mean they get any special treatment, I take care of everyone the same way.”
He’s the man that introduced me to the joys of a Bloody Mary. I was a bartender for 17 years and even with all that practice I’ve never been able to exactly replicate the nuance and beauty of his Bloody Marys… but today I’m going to try.
Take some time to join me because… it’s five o’clock somewhere!