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January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day…no better way to ring in the New Year! Cheers!

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Yesterday, we also visited Libby Montana Bar & Grill in Mequon/ Thiensville, Wisconsin for a Bloody Mary.

Spice: Our bartender asked if we wanted this spicy and we said yes, so spicy it was, indeed. It almost had a smoky, cajun taste to it.

Mix: Made from scratch

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lemon, Three Olives

Price: $6.50

Aside from the requested spiciness, overall this was a pretty standard Bloody Mary—they could use some additional fixin’s to make it stand out.

Yesterday, I visited Riverside Brewery & Restaurant in West Bend for lunch and a Bloody Mary.


Spice: Just the right amount

Mix: Sacramento Tomato Juice and other seasonings

Chaser: Yes—their own ale

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Two Olives, a Pickle

Price: $6.25

This drink was very flavorful, so I inquired to our server, Brad, as to what mix they used. I was not surprised to discover that they create their own using Sacramento tomato juice. Usually, when I really enjoy the flavor of the base of the Bloody, it’s either Sacramento Bloody Mary mix (which is, sadly, only available to restaurants) or made using Sacramento Tomato Juice. It’s just got that light, fresh flavor to it.

But Brad did not stop there, he came back to the table having written down the restaurant’s recipe for me:


I appreciated him going above and beyond and I loved this drink (although it really could use a few more fixin’s).

Thanks to Brad for a great Bloody!

I recently received a treat from Vintage Vine Mix, a company out of Chicago, IL. 

The mix comes in a 32oz jar for $8 and is gluten-free. The story on the website states that “Two college friends set out to create the perfect Bloody Mary and Vintage Vine was born.”

I used this mix for Bloody Marys on Christmas morning:

It tasted very fresh with just a hint of spice. I didn’t feel the need to add anything to the mix—it was perfect.

Vintage Vine has been involved in many Chicagoland events, from Lollapalooza to other Bloody Mary festivals and it’s easy to see why. If you have the chance, check them out!

I recently dined at the new Red Dot in Wauwatosa.

Formerly Sherbrooke, I had enjoyed Bloodies in this establishment in the past.

Under the same ownership, much of the menu is similar (yep-they still have poutine!); however, it looks like they’ve added some new Bloodies to their list—always a great improvement. I last reviewed the Garlic Basil Bloody, so I decided to try the “Rabbit’s Revenge” this time.

Made with home-infused carrot & ginger vodka with a touch of garlic-infused honey, this was definitely an interesting drink.

Spice: A mix of sweet and spicy.

Mix: Unknown; I have learned that I do enjoy house-infused vodka though!

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olive, Meat and Cheese

Price: $8

I love this little restaurant and am so happy to see Tosa hustling and bustling with all of the new additions. I hope Red Dot sticks around for a long time!

I recently received a treat from The Real Dill, Co., a company that specialized in “hand-crafted, artisan pickles” from Denver, Colorado.


The mix comes n a 32-oz. jar, is 100% natural and slightly spicy. The ingredients are: fresh cucumber water, organic tomato paste, vinegar, salt, fresh dill, fresh horseradish, fresh habanero, spices, and fresh garlic.


Very, very flavorful mix and it tasted just so very fresh. The only drawbacks are: 1) I didn’t have any Real Dill Co. pickles to add as fixin’s for a true taste experience and 2) at 32-oz., I was only able to make two bloodies (what are the rest of you guys gonna drink? :))

But all kidding aside, awesome mix. Highly recommend. Thank you so much, Real Dill!


This week, I got an excellent surprise from “Santa” and the good folks at Sobelman’s, home one of my favorite Bloody Marys:

You can guess one place where I’ll be spending my time this holiday

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


This past weekend,  was finishing up some holiday shopping at Bayshore Mall and decided to pop in to the new Sprecher Restaurant and Pub for lunch.

To my surprise (and delight), I realized their drink menu also featured a special Bloody Mary: The Bloody Boot.

Spice: Very spicy, taste-wise and the amount of pepper/spices floating in the drink itself.

Mix: Unknown

Chaser: No (VERY surprising considering Sprecher is a brewery afterall)

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lemon, Celery, Olive, Pickle Slice, Cheese Curd

Price: $8 for the 28-oz boot (which you get to keep, well, to boot!) which entitles you to $5 refills, or $5 for pints.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Sprecher had a specialty Bloody Mary. I also very much liked the look and feel of the place and the menu is very “Sconnie” yet broad, so there is sure to be something for everyone. I highly recommend you check it out next time you’re over in the Bayshore area!