Archive for July 14, 2014

Thanks to Leahy-IFP for sending me their Orchard Splash Wicked Bloody Mary mix to review!

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it usually takes a special occasion for me to make them at home; this time, I broke out the box (yes, box, not bottle!) to make Bloodies with some friends on a Sunday Funday.

To keep the test pure, I sampled Wicked mixed with an unflavored Skyy Vodka. I did not add any spices, but I topped the drink with olives, celery, cheese, meat, a pickle and a brussels sprout.

Wicked Bloody Mary Mix

Leahy-IFP is a local Chicagoland company (offices in Glenview) that’s been around since 1957.  They are a canned fruit and juice manufacturer and, among many other things, they make  Wicked Bloody Mary Mix.

Previously, they only sold their products into large scale food service distribution (like Sysco and US Foods) and not into retail markets; but through one of those distribution deals the mix was served on Alaska Airlines.  And after receiving many, many, many requests from passengers to buy it direct, they finally launched a retail website, called Food Courier –, to sell their products directly to end users.

And this is where we come in. A company rep wanted to spread the word, so they reached out to me and sent me the samples.

The verdict? All of us agreed–the mix was very good! Not too thick, not too thin, very flavorful. There were four of us and we were able to make about 6 drinks with the amount in one box.

Thanks again to the good folks at Wicked Bloody Mary Mix for the samples!

In case you’re in the IL area, I also wanted to point out that they are one of the official sponsors of the 5th Annual Bloody Mary Fest in Highwood, IL on  July 27, so check them out!


Last night, I had drinks at Mo’s-A Place for Steaks in downtown Milwaukee.

As I’ve often said, steak houses are usually good for decent Bloody Marys, so I tried one first:


Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Two olives, lemon, lime

Price: $?

This Bloody Mary was pretty standard; not great, not bad, just run of the mill. If you check out Mo’s, I recommend ordering one of their many unique martinis, or a good glass of wine, instead.

I recently dined at Hom Wood-Fired Grill in Brookfield, Wisconsin, one of the newest places in the SURG Restaurant Group.

Hōm celebrates simple farm-to-table cuisine and the growers and producers in the Wisconsin community who share a passion for pairing locally farmed ingredients with dramatic flavors.

Of course, any time I check out a place for the first time, I need to try its Bloody Mary:


Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Olives, Lime

Price: ~$?

This Bloody Mary was very good, but, compared to the unique appetizers and entrees offered at Hom, quite plain.

I definitely encourage you to try Hom if you’re a fan of the SURG Restaurant Group, or if you’re in the Brookfield Area. I enjoyed my meal very much and hope to get back here again soon, but first, I need to make sure I visit more of the SURG establishments!

I had the chance to play at one of my favorite golf courses a couple of weeks ago–Glen Erin in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Following the round, a friend of mine bought me a Bloody Mary at the 19th hole, a great bar/restaurant called Cursing Stone Pub.

Cursing Stone Pub

Mix: Homemade with Sacramento Tomato Juice


Fixin’s: Olives, Cheese, Beef Stick

Price: ~$5

This was a very tasty Bloody Mary and I enjoyed it very much alongside their homemade potato chips.

If you’re ever looking for a course to play in the Janesville area, be sure to check out Glen Erin and stop in for a drink afterwards!

Since Bel Air Cantina opened in Wauwatosa last year, I’ve become a somewhat frequent customer, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You really can’t beat $2 tacos and beer!

One thing that has always caught my eye on the menu is the Michelada. Described on the menu as “an authentic, tantalizing blend of Valentina, tabasco, lime, worcestershire sauce and seasoning served over ice with a salted rim – just add your choice of beer,” thought it sounded perhaps like the Mexican version of a Bloody Mary.

Bel Air

I could not have been more wrong. This tasted like someone poured hot sauce in a beer. My mouth was on fire and the weird carbonation combo was too much for me to take. Sadly, most of this beverage—and my $6—was wasted.

Lesson learned: A Michelada is NOT a Bloody Mary.


During the Tosa Gran Prix Bike Race, I grabbed a Bloody Mary from Tall Guy and a Grill, a restaurant and catering  company specializing in traditional Sicilian dishes passed on from the owner Dan’s great grandparents.

This was my first experience with the restaurant and even though it was  a small sample, I was quite pleased.

Tall Guy and Grill

Mix: Homemade…very fresh.


Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Cheese, Beef Stick

Price: $?

Again, this was a Bloody Mary from a cart on North Avenue during the race. I’m sure dining in on a regular day, it would be even better. I told them that they should consider participating in this year’s Chili’n on the Avenue and I hope they do!