Bloody Marys to Headline PEOPLE and TIME’s Washington Correspondents’ Party

05/01/2014 at 04:19 PM ET

White House Correspondents Dinner

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It’s time to spice things up in Washington, D.C.!

On Friday, the night before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, PEOPLE and TIME are throwing a party. And in honor of The St. Regis, the nearly 90-year-old hotel where the pre-party is being held, it’s a Bloody Mary bash. (The brunch cocktail — originally created at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar in 1934 — is the signature drink at the D.C. hotel.)

Hollywood A-listers, politicians and the press can choose from the Red Snapper, a classic version that gets its kick from a splash of Tabasco sauce. For a fruity take, the Bora Mary blends traditional ingredients like tomato juice and lemons with lime and strawberry juices. The Capitol Mary channels our love of seafood with horseradish, clam juice and Old Bay seasoning.

Now that you’ve got the scoop, all you need are the recipes:

White House Correspondents Dinner

The Red Snapper
Serves 1

1 oz. vodka
11 oz. Signature Bloody Mary Mix (recipe below)
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

Fill a 12-oz. glass with ice. Add vodka and Bloody Mary mix. Garnish with lemon.

Signature Bloody Mary Mix
Makes about 52 oz.

Juice of 3 lemons
1 46-oz. can tomato juice
5 oz. Worcestershire sauce
10 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 tbsp. freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. ground celery salt
2 tbsp. whole black peppercorns

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher and stir.

Bora Mary
Serves 1

1½ oz. vodka
1½ oz. Signature Bloody Mary Mix (recipe above)
1 oz. lime juice
1½ oz. strawberry juice
Strawberry, for garnish

Blend ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6-oz. flute. Garnish with strawberry.

White House Correspondents Dinner

The Capitol Mary
Serves 1

5 oz. tomato juice
½ oz. lemon juice
½ tsp. horseradish
Few drops Tabasco sauce
Few drops Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch salt
2 oz. premium gin
1 pinch horseradish
1 oz. clam juice
Juice of 1 lemon slice
1 pinch Old Bay Seasoning
1 shrimp, tail fan attached, for garnish

Mix the first seven ingredients and combine with remaining ingredients in a shaker; shake well. Pour into a wine glass filled with ice. Garnish with shrimp.

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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