Bottomless Bloody Marys & Mimosas. Why not Screwdrivers too?
Gobs of Baltimore restaurants and bars have bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas with brunch. But what about bottomless Screwdrivers?
Sip on this: Mimosas have orange juice and champagne, and Bloody Marys have vodka and tomato juice. A Screwdriver is a little bit of both -- orange juice and vodka.
Midnight Sunner Tif said he likes Screwdrivers with brunch, which I can appreciate, and bars typically accommodate him, no problem. They usually charge the same price as the bottomless Bloodys or Mimosas.
But when Tif asked Little Havana to serve him bottomless Screwdrivers with brunch, they balked. Tif writes:
The bartender refused and claimed he went and asked the owner who refused. We ended up at the Waterfront Hotel bar who happily offers unlimited screwdrivers. ... What's the deal/logic in denying screwdrivers at brunch when you offer bloodies and mimmies?
I called Little Havana co-owner Marc Gentile, who spelled it all out for me. It ain't a pretty picture, gang ...
"You give somebody all-you-can-drink screwdrivers and they are cooked -- passing out in the parking lot, puking in the urinals," Gentile said. "Once you give somebody a pitcher of Screwdrivers, that's it for them. It's a nightmare."
It adds up, though. I can't see people chugging Blood Marys. Heck, I don't even understand why people drink that muck. Drinking tomato juice with vodka on a hot summer morning with a hangover won't cure what ails you -- it will ail what cures you.
Mimosas go down easier, but don't pack the same wallop. But bottomless Screwdrivers + hangover = catastrophe.(Pictured is the Bloody Mary at the Camden Club. Photo from Baltimore Sun archives)