Archive for June, 2015

By FAR our favorite spot on our most recent trip was to Snooze in Denver.

From their website: “Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze was born on April 2, 2006 in Denver, Colorado seeking to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service.”

While Snooze was news to me, I found out that have locations in Colorado, California and Arizona… and I’m incredibly jealous we don’t yet have one in Wisconsin.

Snooze has a Bloody Mary menu consisting of five unique bloodies:

Snooze Bloody Mary

On this trip, I was able to sample two. Had I the time, I would have stayed there and tried them all.

First up: The Gazpacho.

Gazpacho Bloody Mary Snooze

MIX:  Pepper & Garlic Infused MEII Vodka w/house mix

CHASER: none

FIXIN’S: Pickle, lemon, cherry tomato

PRICE: $7.25

Next: The Pickled Green Tomato

Pickled Green Tomato Bloody Mary Snooze

MIX:  Vodka, fresh green tomato juice, jalapeno, cucumber, horseradish, dill and house pickle juice

CHASER: none

FIXIN’S: Pickle, cherry tomato, lemon

PRICE: $7.25

Both of these bloodies were AMAZING. They were so flavorful and unique. I highly recommend them both and I can’t pick my favorite between the two.

On top of the fantastic beverage service, the food here was out of this world. I had a pancake flight… yes, three different pancakes… consisting of Blueberry Streusel, Sweet Potato and Peanut Butter Cup.

Snooze Pancake Flight

This place is simply a must if you are ever in the vicinity… in this case, if you don’t Snooze, you lose! I will be back!


Our next stop was to Denver, Colorado, which brought us the chance to try another airport Bloody Mary. This time from Rock Bottom Brewery.

Rock Bottom Brewery Bloody mary

MIX: Unsure, but we did see the bartender add some spices on her own

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Celery, lime, lime, olive

PRICE: $8.49

This Bloody Mary was decent, but pretty standard. Basically, what you would expect from a chain.


On our way out of Kansas City, we stopped at Pork and Pickle in the airport.

Pork and Pickle Bloody Mary

There, we tried their “Hangar One Mary.”

MIX:  Hangar One Vodka & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix


FIXIN’S: Olive, lemon, lime

PRICE: $13.49

This definitely fell way below expectations as far as airport bloody marys go. For one, the taste wasn’t anything special. It was also missing half of the promised fixin’s…and it rang up at a whopping $13.49.

Thankfully, our food was decent. Next time, we’ll stick with coffee at breakfast.



When you travel to certain places, there’s often a particular food or restaurant you “have” to go to. In Kansas City, they are very particular about their barbecue.

There were many places recommended to us, but we checked out Jack Stack and we were not disappointed:

jack's stack

In addition to the delicious sandwich of “burnt ends” (more on that to come) topped with coleslaw and a side of cheesy corn, they also had a special bloody mary on the menu: Jack’s Smokin’ Mary.

Jack's Stack BBQ

jack's stack bloody maryWe enjoyed this beverage so much that we ordered a second one. What really made this Bloody special, other than the thick, sweet BBQ-sauce flavor, were the burnt-end stuffed olives.

A traditional part of KC BBQ, burnt ends are flavorful pieces of meat cut from the point half of a smoked brisket.

MIX:  House-made mix (sold by the bottle!) with UV Sriracha Chili Pepper Vodka

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Burnt-End Stuffed Olives, Bacon Salt Rim


It’s no wonder the Jack Stack mix is sold by the bottle–it’s delicious. Well done, KC. You impressed us so far. We’re big fans.

jack's stack bloody mary


We stopped for a bloody mary post-round at Evansville Golf Club.

Evansville Bloody Mary

MIX:  Homemade

CHASER: None offered


PRICE: $3.08


This was definitely a no-frills Bloody Mary, but it hit the spot after a long hot day on the course–and you can’t beat the price!

Kind of ironic that we had to drive to Appleton, Wisconsin to visit the Milwaukee Burger Company.

There are 3 locations for this local chain, yet none of them are actually in Milwaukee. You have to go to Appleton, Eau Claire, or now Franklin, which is the closest option to Milwaukee.

However, it is worth the drive for they have six different Bloody Marys on the menu.

Milwaukee Burger Company Bloody Mary

Of course, we had to try the 34-oz. Big Mil Bloody:

Milwaukee Burger Company Bloody Mary

MIX:  Bottle Mix (unsure of brnad) and Smirnoff

CHASER: The Milwaukee Burger Company locations have 30+ taps each. Choose from any!

FIXIN’S: Cheeseburger with bacon, celery, beef stick, cheese, olives, lemon, pickle

PRICE:  $9.99

This Bloody Mary was well worth the price. You got to sample a delicious burger from the restaurant known for its burgers, plus enjoy a HUGE bloody mary–one we admit we couldn’t even finish!

We’ll definitely be back to sample the other options over time, guaranteed.