There’s a Kris Kristofferson song lyric that goes: "… the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert". This was, of course, about a restorative attempt to deal with a hangover. And since we’re talking about that headache — and the rest — the morning after, there’s the Bloody Mary. This cocktail is somewhat schizophrenic in that, on the one hand, there’s the "sweetness and light" version, which excludes vodka, called the Virgin Mary. If you’re aiming for something more lusty and don’t have a hangover, there’s the Bloody Mary that contains vodka as a kicker, and is often savoured prebrunch, especially on a Sunday. I first fell in love with this cocktail in Manhattan. New Yorkers plan their Sunday brunches with much zeal and they almost always take place at restaurants with civilised live music. The menu on offer at such outings includes a choice of drinks – among them, always, the Bloody Mary. The combination of ambience, music, the colour of the sky through ta...

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