Archive for January 4, 2015

Did you know that January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day? Makes sense on many levels–deal with the hangover from New Year’s Eve, start the new year off on the right foot with the best drink ever concocted, etc.

Well, this year, we were lucky enough to receive a care package from V8, containing their Bloody Mary Mix, Svedka Citrus Vodka, a pint glass and a mixer, to help celebrate the ocassion.



We will admit that we have not yet tried these items, but we’re looking forward to doing so in the not too distant future.

Here at Out For Bloodies, we hope all of you had a safe and wonderful holiday season and we wish you the best for 2015.


Thanks to Sportsman’s Bar and Grill in Somerset, Wisconsin, for reaching out and sending us two jugs of their Sportsman’s Redneck Juice.

I got an email from the owener, Ed, late last year. It started out by saying:

“I was wondering if you ever make it to the west side of the state? Like Somerset Wi (The Apple River -Tubing Capital of the World). My wife and I have owned Sportsman’s Bar and Grill for 19 years. We have made 1000’s upon 1000’s of Bloody’s with our famous mix. I would love to send a sample to you, to try, if you’re interested. Or if you’re in the neighborhood, it would be nice to meet you. I’ve attached a couple of pics of our bloody’s, deviled egg and all.”



Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule (which typically doesn’t take me near the west-side of Wisconsin), it is usually hard for me to find time to make Bloody Marys at home, but I accepted Ed’s kind offer and he sent me two large jugs-one spicy and one regular.

I broke out the regular mix for a special occasion: Christmas morning with the family.


To keep the test pure, I sampled the mix with an unflavored Three Olives. I did not add any spices, but I topped the drink with olives, celery, cheese, and bacon.

Ed and his wife do have something special in this mix; it was very flavorful and everyone at the table enjoyed it. It had a good consistency as well.  I can’t wait to see what spicy tastes like!

The only problem for me personally (which is not really a problem) is the size of the jug. I was able to make several Bloody Marys and still have some leftover! I’m planning on using it up  as part of the base for a batch of chili I’m whipping up so it doesn’t go to waste.

Thanks again to the good folks at Sportman’s for their generosity. I hope I make it their way someday soon!


Club Tap is the quintessential neighborhood bar. It’s a small, one-room space that is more long and narrow than it is short and wide.

It’s not a hip, popular place to visit and they don’t serve food.

But it is a bar within walking distance of many in the Pasadena and Swan Neighborhoods and you can count on them to be open pretty much anytime; they boast that they are open 365 days of the year. They even open by 9am on the Fourth of July to serve those coming out to watch the Independence Day Parade.

Recently the bar was taken under ownership by those who own Lalli’s Pizza, a carryout and delivery establishment next door to the Tap. The bar closed for about a week this summer and the locals eagerly anticipated the much-needed renovations were were sure they would be making.

No dice. When we came back, the place was the same old tap with just a few new faces behind the bar. However, one night a friend of mine was in there and noticed they were touting a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays. We noted we would have to give it a try.

The Tap has always been pretty much your beer and on-the-rocks type of bar. You won’t find any frozen drinks and since you’re more likely to end your night there then head there to watch a college football game on a Saturday, it’s a not place you’d seek out for a good Bloody Mary.

Recently, while looking for a place to watch a Packers game, it occurred to us that we still hadn’t gotten around to trying the BYO Bar at the Tap.

When we walked in, there was no sign of it, however. When we asked, we were were told, “Oh yeah, we have that, but not during Packers games.” Yeah, because that makes a ton of sense… There were only about 7 people in the place as it is. You’d think they’d want to sweeten the deal to make Club Tap a destination for sporting events like these. But, true to form, the Tap is a tell-it-like-it-is, we-don’t-care-what-anyone-else-thinks, take-it-or-leave-it type of place. They have never been and never will be a place that tries to impress. At least they’re not trying to be something they aren’t?

I say all of this lovingly, mind you. I have a love-hate relationship with this bar. So we went ahead and ordered a Bloody Mary anyway.

Club Tap

Mix: Homemade and very good!

Chaser: Yes–Miller Lite

Fixin’s: Two Olives and a Pickle

Price: $7

This Bloody Mary was actually quite tasty. And while we were some of the only people in there during the game, we did enjoy the free Lalli’s Pizza and breadsticks at half-time and the free shots for when the Packers scored. The bartender was friendlier than those we remember from the past and all in all, we had a decent time during the game.

If it were me, I’d advise them to add the Bloody Mary Bar back on all Sundays, especially during Packers games and maybe advertise the free pizza & shots deal a bit better (or at all). They might find that slowly their perception starts to change and they might even attract people from out of the area.