Archive for December, 2012

It certainly has been a (Bloody Mary) Christmas as the Bloody Mary gifts keep rolling in! Last night, I received a bottle of Bakon Vodka from my cousin Steve and his wife Sally. My aunt Rose and Uncle Greg gave me a bottle of Zing Zang mix (one of my faves!) and this lovely Bloody Mary t-shirt which reads “Mary Me.”

And then this morning, my parents gave me this Modern Cocktail Bloody Mary spice gift set!

I am now more than all set to mix up some cocktails at home in 2013… I smell a party coming on!

Hope you are all having a safe and Merry Christmas!


Hair of the Dawg & Referent Horseradish Vodka

More Holiday Cheer—this time from my friends Tim and Jana!

Greatly looking forward to trying out the Hair of the Dawg mix and especially this Referent Horseradish-infused vodka! Tim and Jana have long extolled the virtues of this vodka, but I have yet to try it. Another big thank you to them for this gift and for knowing me all too well!


Posted: December 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Charcoal Grill Bloody Mary

On Thursday, I had off from work and ended up at the Charcoal Grill in New Berlin for lunch with my parents. It was a dreary, rainy/snowy day so I decided to spice it up with a Bloody.

The Charcoal Grill Bloody Mary was very basic—down and dirty vodka/mix, olives, lemon lime and pickle. No fuss, no muss, no flair.

There was nothing bad about this bloody, it just didn’t have a unique twist; however, the price was very reasonable.

Spice: Not very spicy, but still flavorful.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s:   Lemon, Lime, olives, pickle. 

Price: $5.75

Another Christmas gift has arrived! This time from my boss (and friend), Kathy:

Skyy Vodka & Mr. & Mrs. T’s Bloody Mary Mix! She also included a 365-Day Cocktail Book, which, appropriately, has a recipe for a Bloody Mary on January 1 (best way to start out your year!)b

I have never tried Mr. & Mrs. T’s (a classic, I know), so I’m excited to review that for you in the near future.

Looks like I’ll be making a lot of Bloodies at home in 2013 and that’s quite alright by me!

Posted: December 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Joey Gerard’s, Greendale, Wisconsin

Last night, I went to the new Bartolotta’s Supper Club, Joey Gerard’s, with friends (there are two: one in Mequon, one in Greendale—I visited the Greendale location).

When you hear the words “Supper Club,” you automatically think of the 1950s-60s…a time when men like Tom Collins, Harvey Wallbanger and Rob Roy ruled the bar, relish trays were a thing and ice cream drinks capped off a dinner of hearty, beef-y comfort food like stroganoff and wellington. Hmm. Last time I checked it was 2012 (for another week or so at least).

But when you hear Bartolotta’s, you think classy, upscale, and above-all-else, delicious fare. So you give it the benefit of the doubt, throw on your pearls, and make a reservation.

And as usual, Bartolotta’s did not disappoint. In fact, Joey Gerard’s is just the place the Milwaukee-area needs. Supper Clubs were the norm in Wisconsin back in the day and now you’re hard-pressed to find one outside of northern destinations like Door County. We need a place that reminds us of a simpler time—with a modern twist.

Now, I know this is a Bloody Mary blog, but I’m getting to that so bear with me.

To me, a Supper Club seemed like just the place where they’d have a good Bloody. I had no concrete evidence on this, just a gut feeling based on past history with steakhouses, which usually make a mean, flavorful one. I figured this was similar and ordered one with dinner—even thought it wasn’t on the menu.

I was also encouraged by the “Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail” listed on the appetizers, so I of course had to order that too!

Now again, I was expecting a decent bloody, but nothing at all like what arrived!

Spice: Not very spicy, but still flavorful.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s:   Lemon, Lime, cheese, olives, pickle, pearl onion, Brussels sprout,  beef stick, pepperoncini, mushroom, asparagus and a bean.

Price: $7

This was an excellent drink and immediately cracked my Top 10. I was so tempted to order a second one, but knew I wouldn’t be able to eat all of the garnishes and still put a dent in my meal.

Speaking of the meal…

Yes, the Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail (pictured above) was a must. It was very good, but not that special—it was pretty much a shrimp cocktail with okra, a brussels sprout, a pearl onion and a mushroom stuck in the sauce (which was quite spicy). I recommend it if you’re in the mood for shrimp cocktail—but not if you’re looking for that Bloody Mary fix!

We also got an order of raw beef and onions. I know, I know, that freaks many people out, but again, it was a throwback reminding me of Christmas Eves past. Food has the effect on people—triggering memories and emotions!

For dinner, I ordered the French Dip sandwich, while the rest of my party ordered steaks; everyone else also ordered dessert (including a couple of ice cream drinks!) but I was too full to partake.

I will definitely be returning to Joey Gerard’s and I suggest you check it out.


Posted: December 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Sobelman’s… PART DEUX.

Yes, I just visited Sobelman’s back in October….but a lot has transpired since then!

Dave Sobelman decided about a month ago to add a slider to the garnishes on the Bloody  along with a chilled shrimp, celery, bacon, sausage and various pickled vegetables.

It was written up in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel….and Huffington Post. If that wasn’t enough, there was a segment on Good Morning America and attention even came from overseas as the Daily Mail, a British tabloid wrote about it.

People were buzzing about Sobelman’s Bloody—and my phone was buzzing as well as friends, family, coworkers and blog followers asked, “Have you tried Sobleman’s Bloody?”

Yes, I told them…but not this one. Of course, that meant I had to check them out again and give them another review!  So, I met my friend Kathryn there tonight for a post-work drink—which practically ended up being dinner as the my cup runneth over with garnishes!

Spice: Not very spicy, but still flavorful.

Mix: Tonight, I was told they use Jimmy Luv’s

Chaser: Miller Lite

Fixin’s:   Lemon, cheese, olive, pickle, pearl onion, brussels sprout,  beef stick, cherry tomato, onion, celery, mushroom, asparagus, a shrimp….and a full-on mini slider, complete with bacon & cheese. (I actually even ended up putting condiments (ketchup and mustard on it!)

Price: $9

The verdict? Well done, Sobelman’s! You didn’t need the burger to be good in my book, but now you’re one of my faves.

For other burger bloodies, check out my review of AJ Bomber’s.

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The Ultimate Bloody Louie—Bar Louie’s Bloody Mary.

Yesterday, I was working on finishing up my holiday shopping at Bayshore Mall and decided to pop into Bar Louie for a little lunch; of course, I had to get their bloody to review it for the blog!

I’ve had it before, so I knew it was good—and gigantic!

Spice: The menu describes it as “a little spicy, a little tangy and a whole lot of flavor.” I would concur.

Mix: Unsure, but likely homemade. The bloody also is made with Absolut Peppar, Guinness Stout and Tobasco.

Chaser: None provided, but the bloody itself contains Guinness Stout.

Fixin’s: lemon, lime, two olives, pickle, celery stick, salami and a piece of provolone cheese

Price: Approximately $10

Today, I received an awesome Christmas gift from my friends the Kapczynskis—Hair of the Dawg Bloody Mary Mix and pickled asparagus and bleu cheese olives from West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe. Obviously, they know me well!

I have not had any of these items before and I’m so excited to try them!

Expect a review in the near future. Thanks, Nancy, Gordy and Amanda!


Congrats to Sobelman’s!

Posted: December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Sobelman’s Bloody Mary has been getting lots of great, well-deserved national attention!

Unfortunately, when I visited the restaurant to review it in October, it was pre-burger addition. Sobelman’s is definitely on my list to re-review in the near future!

Congrats to Sobelman’s!

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Lee’s Cleveland Pub, New Berlin, WI.

Tonight I went to Lee’s with friends. It was my first time here so of course I had to try the bloody. I wasnt expecting much on a Thursday night, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise!

Spice: Good amount of spice.

Mix: Unsure, but likely homemade.

Chaser: Miller Lite

Fixin’s: lemon, lime, two olives, pickle and beef stick.

Price: Approximately $6