Throughout Melbourne’s six lockdowns we’ve encountered all sorts of extra cocktails: 1.5-litre Margarita “bagnums”, 1.5-litre bottled Negronis, big Slurpee-style cups of Piña Colada and more.

Now comes Mega Mary, a one-litre Bloody Mary containing fennel salt and Truff black-truffle hot sauce. The hefty swing-top bottles can be pre-ordered through Zsa’s Bar Bistro & Deli in Northcote and will be available for five days only.

“Zsa’s is open for Martinis and oysters from as early as 10am daily, but we very soon realised that a kick arse Bloody Mary was an essential addition to this morning starter repertoire,” says Zsa’s owner, Zowie Minchin. “In the experimental stages we grabbed a bottle of Truff off the deli shelf and added it to the mix ... [it’s] now our signature morning, afternoon and everyday drink.”

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Zsa’s also sells a range of highly, highly complementary food, including oysters by the half and whole dozen, handmade pasta and sauces, cheese packs and picnic-ready antipasto packs.

To pre-order a Mega Mary visit the Zsa’s website, then swing by the venue’s takeaway window to collect. Orders can also be placed by phone Wednesday to Sunday.

202 High Street, Northcote
(03) 9482 1318

Wed to Sat 10am–11pm
Sun 10am–5pm