The Angel Gabriel
In this trend for all things pig-indulgent, smoke and pork fat have even crept into the laboratories of adventurous mixologists. But too often these misguided concoctions go down like a greasy oil slick or a saturation of liquid smoke in perfectly good bourbon. But Church’s Angel Gabriel is a hearty libation built for battling Hollandaise sauce and the lingering miasma of Saturday night debauchery. The secret ingredient in this brunch-only bloody mary is the bacon-infused vodka, a house-made spirit macerated with bacon, rosemary, peppercorns and bay leaves. Instead of a gratuitous helping of smoke and pork, Church’s infused vodka is a savory goulash that enhances their signature bloody mary mix, a balanced blend of fresh tomatoes and spices. In a playful final flourish, The Angel Gabriel is garnished with a celery stick and a “fried baby Jesus,” a deep-fried cherry tomato wrapped in bacon. When you’re at Church, put down those sugary flutes of mimosas and enjoy a truly great bloody mary.
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