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On a recent trip to New Orleans, we stopped into the Olde NOLA Cookery on the world-famous Bourbon Street for some gator bites, oysters, po’ boys and gumbo.

When we saw the Rajun Cajun Bloody Mary on the menu, we knew we had to give that a shot as well.

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Spice: Not too spicy.

Mix: House-infused Absolut Peppar Vodka, with their own Bloody Mary Mix

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s: The menu claims they drink includes  sun-dried tomatoes, cocktail onions, spicy green beans, and olives; however, on our visit we only got green beans, peppers, olives and a lemon and a lime.

Price: $10

This Bloody Mary was tasty, but were not sure it was worth the price. The food here, however, will satisfy your hankerin’ for some Southern Cookin’, so if you’re looking for a place to get your fried food fix, stop in here. Maybe just try a Hurricane instead.

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On a recent Sunday, we headed back to West Allis to take in a Packers game.

This was our first time at Lynch’s Pub and we definitely felt a bit out of place amongst the regulars. Protective of their local watering hole, we did not feel welcomed by the other patrons, although the staff was perfectly pleasant.

They served free subs and chips at halftime, prize raffles and had a $5 Bloody Mary special, so it’s no wonder the regulars were wary of newcomers encroaching on the goodness.

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Spice: Not too spicy.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: Yes-MGD or Miller Lite

Fixin’s: Preztel, Bacon, dill pickle, celery, olives, mushroom, peppers, brussels sprout, cheese and a beefstick

Price: $5

This Bloody was very good and you really can’t beat the price. We haven’t had a pretzel rod in a bloody before, so a pro tip would be to eat that first before it dissolves in your drink!

We’d give Lynch’s another chance, but next time we would get there early and hope to endear ourselves to the regulars.

We told you we’re back! This week we also visited Who’s On Third in Milwaukee and sampled their Bloody Mary.

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Spice & Mix: Although the mix was from a bottle (we aren’t sure which mix exactly), we were impressed by the bartender’s skills in crafting the drink to make it unque–and delicious. She added worcestershire, sriracha sauce and probably a few other things that we had to look up spellings for, as she doctored up the mix. We even watched her taste-test the drink (safely! No sips from the glass or straw, don’t worry) to make sure it was up to her standards.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Bacon, Cheese and Beefstick

Price: $Unknown. We were here for a work event and were given a free drink ticket, so I’m not sure what they charge regularly.

This bloody mary was excellent and we would surely order another if we were to stop back in here again; however, this particular bartender seemed to take pride in her work and clearly had her own recipe, so I’m not sure the beverage would be replicated precisely if someone else were to craft it for us.

While it was delicious, we probably wouldn’t drive all the way down to Old World Third Street and fight the crowds and parking to get it, but kudos to the bartender at this establishment nonetheless! We are impressed. You go girl.

Recently, I had the chance to go to 9 Below, a min-golf tavern located 9-feet below ground on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Not only do you get to play mini-golf while enjoying drinks in a fun, bar-type setting, but you also get to design your own mini-golf course, using various obstacles and items to make each hole unique. You also get to name each hole and set a “par.”

While my colleagues and I enjoyed this fun, teambuilding exercise away from the office, I also enjoyed a Bloody Mary from the bar at 9 Below:

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Spice & Mix: The mix was Major Peter’s and it was very tasty.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: My drink had four olives and a lemon and lime. I saw a couple other coworkers that scored a beef stick though!

Price: $Unknown. As this was a work event, we were given a free drink ticket, so I’m not sure what they charge regularly.

The verdict? While I would not come here especially for the Bloody Mary or to just drink at their bar (I don’t even know if you can), I would definitely recommend 9 Below as a fun place to host a very unique group outing. And while you’re there, if you order a bloody like I did, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!

We visited Grand Canyon University Golf Course in Maryvale, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix); afterward, we stopped for a bite to eat and a Bloody Mary.

IMG_4698As you can see, this one had your basic lemon and lime in it and that’s about it. It’s your average on-the-course drink and it hit the spot, but definitely not something to seek out in your travels!

We kicked off 2017 as we do each year–trying to find the Best Bloody Mary ever and if that’s not quite achievable, then at least the Bloody Mary of the year.

If you had asked us in January where we thought that Bloody Mary might be found, we would not have said Canada.

Yes, that’s right. We said it. The best Bloody Mary we’ve seen so far this year (and granted it’s only October so bars still have the chance to knock our socks off, but it’s gonna be a tall task!) came from a place called Harlem Underground in Toronto.

“Canada, eh?” you say?

You might balk at the $19.95 price tag, but this beverage dubbed The Bloody Jerk has your drink, your dinner and more included.

Now truth be told, we weren’t a huge fan of the actual bloody itself… even though the menu says it has all of those spices in it, it didn’t taste that fresh–more like a standard bottled mix. However, that could have been because we were tired by the time we disassembled and ate our way through the garnishes!
Nonetheless, we were happy to try this gem. It’s been far too long since we’ve found an outrageous bucket list bloody!
Plus, we really liked the vibe of Harlem Undergound, which is inspired by the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. The food is a mix of Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean and on the night we visited, there was lovely live jazz as well.
If you’re a Bloody Mary freak like we are–and if you’re reading this blog, we’re willing to wager you are–then make it a point to seek this one out if you’re ever in Canada!

On a trip to Arizona, we stopped at Saddle Mountain Brewing in Goodyear, AZ. We were not disappointed by the B-17 Bloody!

Spice: Just right thanks to the peppered vodka

Mix: Made with homemade peppered vodka

Chaser: Ray’s Gold IPA

Fixin’s: Cheese, Pepperoni, olives

Price: $10

Meat, cheese, a chaser and a salted rim? Outside of the Midwest? How can this be real? When it comes to good Bloodies, we don’t ask questions, we just drink! This bloody was fantastic, as was the sidecar of their own beer. We also had a delicious burger. Next time we’re in Goodyear, we’ll be back!

Atlanta, GA: Lure

Posted: October 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

We headed south to Atlanta where we visited a seafood restaurant called Lure for a private event.

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Spice: Delicious flavor.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Olive, tomato, pickle, lemon

Price: $unsure

While the fixin’s were slim, they were decent. Plus, the bartender asked us our preference as far as spice and salted rim, so that was a plus. This is not a place we would seek out for a Bloody next time we are in town, but it’s nice to know it was an acceptable choice!

Milwaukee, WI: Storyhill BKC

Posted: October 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

This is our second review of Storyhill BKC.

The first time we visited them was shortly after they opened. I have gone there several times since and they have become a nice staple in my lunch rotation.

I’m sad that I haven’t seen that Bloody Mary Salad on their menu in quite some time, but I’m glad they now have two Bloody Marys on their menu –and they’ve made a few improvements to those cocktails as well.

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On this occasion we stuck with their standard Bloody.

Mix: Homemade–plus you can choose from bacon or veggie-infused vodka for a small upcharge

Chaser: Yes-a shorty!

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Pickle, Celery, Beefstick and Cheese

Price: $8

 

 

The other offering, which we have not yet tried is called the “Garden Variety” Bloody. At $9, it boasts a sausage fixin’ and pico de gallo, so you know it’s a bit spicier all around.

Now that Storyhill has upped their Bloody Mary game, we like to visit more often. It doesn’t hurt that the food is fresh and delicious as well!

 

West Allis, WI: Brass Monkey

Posted: October 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

After a round of golf earlier this summer, we stopped into the Brass Monkey in West Allis and decided to have a bloody with a side of tater tots.

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Spice: Not too spicy.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: Yes-your choice from the taps.

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olive, Cheese Whip & Beef Stick

Price: $Unsure

When you’re on a streak of bad luck trying new bloody marys, you can always count on ‘Stallis bars to give you a boost!

This Bloody Mary really hit the spot and the extra beef and cheese was much appreciated. At the time of our visit, they also had New Glarus’ Serendipity on tap, so while it was an usual pairing, we go to sample that gem as our chaser.

We’ll definitely be back here. The food was good, too and it seemed like they had decent specials!

11/12/17 Update:

As promised, we did return to Brass Monkey. This time, we came on a Sunday for a football game. They had free food at halftime and shots for touchdowns and of course, bloodies.

Today, however, we did not enjoy our Bloody Mary. The mix tasted very heavy on celery salt (we know they had mixed a large jug for the Sunday crowd, so we were hesitant to ask for a new one, lest the whole jug taste the same) and we were not offered a chaser.

We will not let this one bad experience deter us, but we’re hoping this is an anomaly.

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