Archive for February 17, 2014

On a Sunday, I checked out the Saloon on Calhoun, a sports pub and grill with the slogan “Everything’s better with bacon.”

True to form, you’d be hard-pressed to find a menu item here that doesn’t include the delicious cured meat from a pig; in fact, their Happy Hour (Monday-Friday, 4-7pm) features FREE BACON. 

Thus, it was no surprise that two of  their Bloody Marys were bacon-themed as well. They have: the house Bloody Mary (boring!), the Bakon Bloody Mary (featuring Bakon vodka) and the Bakon and Egg Bloody Mary (read on).

Saloon on Calhoun

 

Their “house standard” Bloody Mary is made with their own receipt pepper-infused vodka; it costs $4.00 on Sunday ($5.00 any other day).

The “Bakon” Bloody is made with premium bacon-infused Bakon vodka and is supposed to come with a couple of strips of bacon It is $6.00 on Sunday ($7.00 any other day)

Of course, I ordered their most extreme Bloody Mary, the “Bakon & Egg” Bloody Mary, pictured above. Served on Sundays only, it contains all of the features of the Bakon Bloody, but with  a couple of deviled eggs added on on top for $7.00 .

Here are the stats for my Bakon & Egg Bloody Mary: 

Mix: A nice, sweet mix with Bakon vodka

Chaser:  Miller Lite

Fixin’s: A pickle, bacon, 2 deviled eggs, and a lemon.

Price:$7

Now a couple of notes here:

1. After this Bloody Mary, I decided to downgrade to the  Bakon Bloody Mary for my second drink (I didn’t need any more eggs.). However, when it arrived, it didn’t have any bacon strips in it, as billed. I inquired about this and the waitress said she would bring some; however, none ever arrived.

2. The Saloon’s website also mentions “the Squeeler,” their”Cheesy-Piggy” Bloody Mary, which features the characteristics of the Bakon Bloody, but adds two grilled cheese pig sandwiches to the rim for $8.00 on Sundays only. This Bloody Mary was not advertised in the bar itself, nor was it brought up by our waitress when we inquired as to the Bloody Mary specials. Disappointing.

All in all, I really liked the flavor of both  Bloody Marys that I tried. I’ve had the Bakon vodka before and really, it’s only good in a Bloody Mary and even then, you have to tread lightly. Saloon on Calhoun did a great job with theirs, which works well with the bacon thing they’ve got going on.

I liked this place and I’d definitely go back, I just wish that restaurants and such would all be on board with what’s supposed to come in/with their specialty drinks.

 

 

Over the weekend, I dined at Ward’s House of Prime in Milwaukee for the first time. Ward’s is one of Milwaukee’s top steakhouses and since I’ve noticed that steakhouses tend to have great Bloody Marys, I was very excited to see that Ward’s boasts three different varieties on its menu:

Wards House of Prime (1)

Naturally, I had to try the Ward’s House of Prime Bloody Mary.

Unfortunately, it did not arrive as billed on the drink menu:

Wards House of Prime (2)

 

Okay, so the important parts–the prime rib piece and the shrimp were there, but the blue cheese stuffed olives were missing and instead of a lemon, I got….an orange and a cherry? That’s a first.  I immediately removed those–had to be a mistake on the bartender’s end, I’m guessing?

Anyway, here are the stats

Mix: Ward’s homemade mix with Grey Goose Vodka

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: A pickle, prime rib slice, shrimp, lime and…cherry and orange?

Price:$12

Besides the obvious snafu, which I could normally overlook and chalk up to a busy night at the bar, I’m sad to report I just wasn’t impressed with this Bloody Mary. Sure, the prime rib piece was delicious, but other than that, I could barely finish the drink itself. I like spice, but this was overly peppery and the alcohol was overpowering as well.

In addition, dinner here was just okay; I was expecting a lot more for the price and from what I’d been hearing from others. I don’t think we’ll return anytime soon. So many bloodies, so little time.

Unfortunately, they can’t all be winners.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with the one you love?

We’re talking about Bloody Marys, of course! We’d been seeing photos of Sobelman’s “Bloody Beast” popping up across the interwebs–with a special heart-shaped pretzel for the holiday–so we decided to check it out.

Sobelmans Bloody Beast (3)

This photo doesn’t really do it justice, but the “Bloody Beast” is a behemoth beverage–the vessel that it comes in is actually a pitcher. Yes, that’s right, a pitcher of Bloodies! (Sobelman’s says it’s the equivalent of five Bloody Marys.) It was even featured on The Chive.

It is served with four chasers and contains a buffet of fixin’s including: 2 sliders (on buns), 4 shrimp, 4 pickles, 4 olives, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, cheeses, beef sticks…and bacon-wrapped tater tots.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot

 

Here’s another closeup, more of an aerial view:

Sobelmans Bloody Beast (1)

 

The pretzel is courtesy of Milwaukee Pretzel Company.

Sobelmans Bloody Beast (2)

 

Sobelman’s uses Jimmy Luv’s as their mix and local vodka from Great Lakes Distillery.

The Bloody Beast will cost you $35, but that’s pretty reasonable considering we couldn’t finish the pitcher and walked away full.

I definitely encourage all Bloody Mary aficionados to try this at least once–fun for a group, too!

Cheers!