Variations on the Bloody Mary Luncheon

Posted by: on October 22, 2012



Variations on a Bloody Mary Luncheon

To Benefit American Red Cross Greater New York Region

NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2012 – On Sunday, Nov. 18 from 12 – 2:00 p.m., the Art Deco styled ‘Empire Room’ in the Empire State Building, will become the setting for a” Variations on a Bloody Mary” luncheon to benefit American Red Cross Greater New York Region.  Contessa Brewer, WNBC anchor, host of MSNBC’s “Caught on Camera” and member of the Centennial Circle of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, will host this very special event.

Jonathan and Jeffrey Pogash of The Cocktail Guru mixology team will prepare three “Bloodies”: A traditional Bloody Mary with Van Gogh Vodka, a Bloody Maria with Aviòn Tequila, and a Bloody Pisco Portòn. All three spirits are kind sponsors of the event.

While most New Yorkers know that the Red Cross responds to major disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and floods across the country, they might be surprised to learn that the Red Cross helps dozens of New Yorkers each day following local emergencies like fires. Last year, the Red Cross responded to nearly 2,500 local incidents and provided food, comfort and shelter for nearly 15,000 disaster victims.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost to those affected, thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors.

Tax-deductible tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite via at a cost of $35 per person and will benefit the American Red Cross Greater New York Region.

To learn more about the work of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, visit

About The Cocktail Guru:

Created in 2005 by preeminent bartender Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru has grown to be one of the most highly regarded beverage consulting firms in the U.S.  The Cocktail Guru creates and executes beverage programs for bars and restaurants, staffs special events, designs bespoke cocktails, teaches Mixology, and provides spirit and liqueur brands with insight and marketing advice.   In 2010, was created as a special service for couples-to-be.



Jonathan Pogash



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