Archive for December 28, 2013

Finally, a Definitive Map of Which States Drink Bloody Marys and Which Prefer Mimosas

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.

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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:

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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!