Archive for December 10, 2013

This past Sunday was the annual “Milwaukee Largest Bloody Mary” event at Great Lakes Distillery.

This was the fourth year for this event, and the fourth year for me attending it as well. Each year, there are more and more people attending, which is a great sign. This year was especially great as Great Lakes Distillery has added on a fantastic bar in the last year, adding more seating and ambiance to the venue.

For just $5 and a donation of food to Hunger Task Force, you get part of a 100 gallon Bloody Mary made with Rehorst Gin or Vodka and Jimmy Luv’s mix. It comes with  olives and Klement’s beef stick.

This year, a new bar/restaurant called Prodigal sold skewers of items that you could add to your Bloody for an extra donation. The skewer, pictured below, includes a pepperoncini, a cheese curd, a onion, a shrimp, pickle and baby corn.

Needless to say, the Bloodies were flowing and they were awesome!

In addition to the donations of food, all proceeds from the event benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee.

Previously, I’d only been to Landmark Lanes on Milwaukee’s East Side for the Tomato Romp; however, this past weekend, I found myself there for a Big Lebowski-themed holiday party.

The movie was playing on the screens, bowling ball petit fours decorated the tables and the White Russians were flowing… but first I had to get a Bloody Mary.

Spice: Spicy

Mix: Unknown

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lemon, Two Olives

Price: $?

This was a pretty spicy drink, but it was very good.

Following our outing to Spin Milwaukee, we headed to dinner at Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Wild Earth Cucina, one of Milwaukee’s Top 30 restaurants.

With dinner, I ordered a Bloody Mary.

Spice: Average

Mix: Unknown

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lemon, Two Olives

Price: $?

The drink was good, but not as good as dinner. I had the Strauss Veal Picatta and it was amazing, as were several of the appetizers we shared.

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‘Tis the season for holiday parties and libations!

The first soiree of the season was with my department at work. We started the night with a fun, spirited ping pong tournament at Spin Milwaukee.

I kicked off the night with a pretty average bloody (but hey, it was better than my ping pong prowess!):

Spice: Average

Mix: Unknown

Chaser: No

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

Price: $?

After that, I switched to Old Fashioneds, which, I must say, were much better.

If you ever have the chance to check out Spin, you should. A very cool place with a fun vibe.

Last Sunday, the Packers weren’t playing, but I headed to Boulder Junction to watch some of the other football games.

Surprisingly, I had never had their Bloody Mary, but I found it to be very tasty.

Spice: Perfect.The bartender spiced it up nicely upon request.

Mix: Major Peter’s (I had never had this, but it was very good)

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lemon, Pickle, Three Olives

Price: $6

You already know I love Bloody Marys, but did you also know I love Black Friday shopping? It’s a tradition that dates back over 15 years with my best friend.

Over the past few years, Black Friday has leaked into Thanksgiving night and this year marked some of the earliest store opening times to date.

As such, we went out to one store shortly after the leftovers were stored and the pie was cut. We claimed our small victories and decided to head to a pub to celebrate and toast our friendship of over half our lives.

We ended up at Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa. Surprisingly, there was a lively crowd in there for the holiday.

Of course, I had to try their Bloody Mary.

Spice: Moderate

Mix: Unsure

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lemon, 2 Olives, Pickle

Price: $?

This was a pretty standard Bloody Mary. I wouldn’t seek this out, but the bar is in a good location and I’ve been there for lunch before as well.