Archive for May, 2013

Yesterday, after golfing at Hartford Country Club, we stopped in at Hank’s Restaurant & Drinkery, formerly known as “Hammerin’ Hanks,” located on Main Street in downtown Hartford.

I will admit I was not expecting much. Last July when I was in there, I had asked for a Bloody and was told they were all out of mix—on a Sunday!

However, yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised when I received this:

The bartender informed me that their Bloodies are just $5 before 3pm on Sundays. Check out all the stats:

Spice: Not spicy hot, but good.

Mix: Forest Floor—I’d never heard of it before, but apparently it is an excellent bottle mix!

Chaser: Yes, I chose Miller Lite.

Fixin’s: Celery, Asparagus, Pickle, Cheese, Brussels Sprout Olive, Mushroom & Shrimp

Price: $5 before 3pm on Sundays—not sure what happens after that.

As I said previously—I wasn’t expecting much; however, I definitely went home happy. Next time you find yourself out in Hartford, pop in to Hank’s and try them out!

Probably the Biggest Bloody Mary Ever Made

On Thursday night, I met some friends for Taco Night at Mustang Shelly’s Roadhouse in New Berlin.

I had never been there before and it seemed like we drove and drove to get to this place out there almost in the middle of nowhere. I was admittedly skeptical upon arrival, but ended up pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and drink, especially the Bloody Mary—bonus!

Shelly’s gets extra credit for the boot glass—very cute.  Now on to the review:

Spice: Not spicy hot, but a good amount of spice.

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Lemon, Asparagus, Celery, Scallion, Pickle, Brussels Sprout, Olive

Price: $? Unsure, but we had about 8 tacos, four beers and one bloody for under $30.

Last year, I reviewed Miller Park’s Bloody Mary for the blog I co-author as part of my day job: John and Cait…Plus 9 and this year, I was really excited to note that Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws have been added to the roster of fixin’s for the standard bloodies! Click here for the updated review.

There is also a “U-Skew” station (aka build-your-own Bloody Mary bar) on the Club Level at Miller Park. On Sundays, you can find this station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level. They are $12 each, made with Jimmy Luv’s mix, and include all the fixin’s you can fit on a skewer. Choose from options such as: celery, asparagus, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes and more! Here’s a peek at the bloody I made last week:

Whether you go U-Skew or standard, you can’t go wrong with a Miller Park Bloody Mary. And I’m not just saying that because I work there.



Posted: May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’m a little late on reviewing this one, but about 10 days ago I went to Rustico, a pizza place on Water Street in the Third Ward, for dinner.

Bonus—they had not one but THREE bloodies on their menu, so I tried  the Piccante, which is made with five pepper house-infused vodka. Yum!

Spice: The house-infused pepper vodka put this on the spicy side, just the way I like it!

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes—Peroni!

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Olive, Pepper, artichoke, cheese and pepperoni

Price: $9

Loved the Italian twist on the Bloody; will definitely try another one when I go back. This would also be a great place for brunch!

Today I went to the Twisted Fisherman on the second nice day of 2013.

It was the perfect place to pick for an afternoon brainstorming session, with a cool breeze right along the water.

I’ve been here before and had their bloody, but somehow I failed to blog it, so here goes:

Spice: A little on the spicy side, just the way I like it!

Mix: Unsure

Chaser: Yes.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Olive, Pickle and Shrimp

Price: $7

The verdict? A great spot to go when the weather is nice—the Bloodys hit the spot and go down almost too easily!