Archive for November 5, 2015

Sorry for the delay! We’re a bit behind on our reviews.

Sunday, October 25 was the annual “Milwaukee Largest Bloody Mary” event at Great Lakes Distillery.

This was the sixth year for this event, and the sixth year for me attending it as well. Each year, there are more and more people attending, which is a great sign.

This year, admission to the event was free and a donation of food to Hunger Task Force was encouraged (you received raffle tickets).

For $5,  you got to enjoy part of a 100 gallon Bloody Mary made with Rehorst Vodka. You could add your own hot sauce, olives and lemon and/or lime.

However, for $3 more, you got a trip to the garnish bar which included celery, a pickle, a cocktail wiener, bacon, cheese curd and pepperoncini.
Great Lakes Distillery Bloody mary

Needless to say, the Bloodies were flowing and they were awesome!

Attendees could also buy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at the event and try gumbo and oysters.

We bought a Grilled Cheese and, while it was delicious, the wait was about 20 minutes; clearly they were not prepared for the onslaught of Grilled Cheese orders. We don’t remember this being an issue last year.

Our group also thought that the event could benefit from a beer chaser. We tried to even buy a beer at the bar and were told there is no beer in the building. Perhaps this is a good sponsorship opportunity for the future?

In addition to the donations of food, all proceeds from the event benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee.


Recently, I visited Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa again.

Cafe Hollander Bloody Mary

Can’t believe we hadn’t tried the Godfather IV, which is made with Rehorst basil-garlic infused vodka with thyme and oregano and basil bloody mary mix and  toped with a caprese skewer and balsamic grilled aparagus, before.

It’s larger than your normal bloody mary (and $2 more than the next most expensive ones) and it was quite delicious.

On this same trip, we also tried the Buenos Dias (but with vodka):

Cafe Hollander Buenos Dias

However, after eating lunch and downing the Godfather, we hate to admit it, but we couldn’t even finish the whole thing!

Cafe Hollander

Seems like they change out their bloodies here on a regular basis, which keeps me coming back (again and again and again, obviously). Of the above list, I’ve now tried them all with the exception of the Southsider. I’m a big fan of the Milwaukeean and the Frenchie as well.  You can read my original Cafe Hollander post here.



Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it is usually hard for me to find time to make Bloody Marys at home, and I owe George’s Mixes a big apology for the delay in this review.


The Maryland-based company sent us a Spicy and Mild mix to try awhile back and we finally got a chance to “Taste the Chesapeake” as the brand implores. According to their website, George’s Mixes was born in a small bar in Annapolis and cultivated over the years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

This mix had a great consistency (I like my mix to be a little thicker) and while we really didn’t find this to be spicy in a hot sense (we tested the mild first), you can definitely taste the spices in the mix, especially the horseradish and celery salt. It also had a slightly “fish”y taste that did indeed evoke Maryland to me.

The same day, we happened to be making chili and added the mix to our batch to give it a little something special…delicious!

George's Bloody Mary Mix

If you find George’s Bloody Mary mix, we definitely recommend testing it out for yourself! You can also purchase it directly on their website.

We are definitely not the first to cook with George’s and we most certainly won’t be the last. On their site, you’ll also find tons of recipes–including one for chili–that incorporate the mix.