481 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove (831) 324-0347, cremapg.com
The Bloody Mary has a history that goes way back to before you were born. The story, roughly, goes like this: During the Russian Revolution, Russians fled in large numbers, many of them to France. Naturally, they brought vodka. Circa 1921, Fernand Petiot, a bartender in Paris, was trying to do something interesting with the relatively tasteless new spirit. He started muddling it with tomato juice, a blend Petiot brought with him to the St. Regis Hotel in New York in 1934. Its big mainstream breakout was in Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion by Crosby Gaige in 1941. Crema is still honoring that classic and sacred combination of vodka and tomato – with the addition of pickled veggies, olives and bacon. It’s spicy, it’s meaty and it’s perfection.