The bloody best

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

This weekend, sip your bloody mary with a side of celebrity. In the first of what aims to be an annual tradition, the Best Bloody in the Burbs will put roughly a dozen local bartenders head-to-head to see who can whip up the most savory vodka concoction. Starting at 3 p.m. on April 2 at the Purple Place Bar (363 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills), spectators can pay $10 for the full flight of spicy-and-tomato-y samples. The drinks will be assessed by “celebrity judges,” including local bondsman Josh Verozza of viral fame, who plastered the interwebz with saucy photos showing himself wrapped in an American flag and doused with a bucket of water. (These images are an artform of their own called “dudeoir”—dude + boudoir, get it?) First place wins a weekend for two to San Francisco’s Clift hotel with tickets to a Giants game. It’s almost enough incentive to take the plunge on mixology classes for next year.